GForce Software Oddity

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GMEDIA Music and Ohm Force (now GForce Software) worked together to faithfully recreate the look and sound of the classic Arp Odyssey and they came up with The Oddity. Together, they modeled every nuance of the original instrument's circuitry and design in this software synth plug-in available as a VST instrument for Mac and Windows/PC as well as an Audio Unit version for Mac OS X. While capturing the character of the original it adds some necessary enhancements that make the sounds of the Odyssey fully accessible and useable to any of today's computer-based musicians!

Like it's precursor, it offers dual oscillators with mono or duophonic modes. The Oddity features two syncable oscillators - fully tunable across a six octave range, with sawtooth, sine, square and variable pulse width waveforms. White and pink noise, a built-in A440 tone generator for tuning the oscillators, host syncable LFO, ring modulator, resonant lowpass filter, highpass filter, sample & hold, portamento, two envelope generators and a wealth of modulation routing options are all plainly laid out just as on the original.

Further enhancements include velocity sensitivity, the ability to 'Morph' between Presets and a unique flying slider feature which allows you to throw sliders around at different speeds, recording these changes within your host application. The GUI also features a glissando keyboard and all on-screen parameters can easily be mapped to external MIDI controllers. There are also user definable VCA and VCF velocity parameters. The original had no patch memory, but the Oddity ships with 5 banks of 64 presets and has virtually unlimited patch storage.

They went for the look of the common black-face Odyssey which was produced before Arp switched over to the orange/black color scheme of their later Odyssey models. Could the model copied here be the one with the famous illegal Moog filter design with the beefier sound than other Odyssey models? Any way you cut it, the Oddity is the real thing! It is an excellent, affordable and sensible way to get your hands on a maintenance-free Arp Odyssey of your own. The original Odysseys have been used by ABBA, Bomb The Bass, Ultravox, Gary Numan, LTJ Bukem, Air, Tangerine Dream, 808 State, Apollo 440, Astral Projection, Chick Corea, George Duke, Josef Zawinul, Elton John, Jethro Tull, R.E.M. and Herbie Hancock.

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7 Visitor comments
Vince
May 21, 2013 @ 8:59 am
One of the best soft synths ever ! LOVE IT
Andrew
November 24, 2011 @ 7:19 am
I have a whiteface Odyssey and have tried the Oddity against it; they do sound different, but my guess is the Oddity filter was modelled on the four-pole version of the original. This has been programmed with real attention to detail: with the possible exception of the tuning sliders, all the sliders match up on the original, so you can copy patches straight in and they sound the same. The sound is truly excellent. In my opinion it is better than the Prodyssey for two reasons: the aggressiveness of the ARP sound is better captured in this synthesizer, and the Oddity be played duophonically.
Manollo
September 10, 2011 @ 2:03 am
I never played an original Odessey and I guess it will sound different. But with this few parameters this software sounds brilliant in my ears. Rough, fat, and the FM and RingMod sounds very different from most other softwares.

One have to learn to use it to get really good results but I more and more like it. And it´s not that I don´t have less synths and plugs in my studio. It just sounds different! But it´s definitely no "one for all" synth.
AndyPandy
January 11, 2010 @ 4:49 pm
Seriously, I A/B tested this vs my Odyssey MK II, and I can't for my life understand how anyone was raving about something that sounded utterly crap. However, my test was shortly after the launch of Oddity. Maybe the problems have been solved with software updates and faster CPU:s?

I'll advice anyone to go for one of the incarnations of Prodyssey (former creamware, now Sonic Core and Use Audio's Plugiator). This emulates the original fairly well.
Arpnutt
March 6, 2009 @ 4:43 pm
This software does sound very much like the real thing. I still have my Odyssey and I am very impressed with the quality of the Oddity. It's a lot of fun using the morphing.
 
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Excellent

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Rated 3.34 (227 Votes)

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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic / Duophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 oscillators: saw, square, pulse, pwm (can be modulated by: sine LFO or ADSR envelope), White/Pink Noise and Ring Modulation; oscillator-sync modulated by: ADSR, square/saw LFO, sample-and-hold
  • LFO - Sine or Square waveforms, sample-and-hold, Tempo Sync, Kybd LFO Re-triggering, Rate adjustable from 02.Hz to 20Hz.
  • Filter - Four-pole resonant 24dB/oct lowpass filter plus highpass filter (static 12dB/oct). VCF can be modulated by: keybd cv, sample-and-hold, LFO, ADSR or AR envelopes.
  • VCA - EG 1: AR; EG 2: ADSR
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq/ - None (just like the original)
  • Effects - None (just like the original)
  • Macintosh - VSTi, Audio Unit and MAS formats. Power Mac G4 64Mb of RAM (128Mb from Mac OS 9) Mac OS 8.6 or higher VST Instrument-compatible application such as Logic Audio or Cubase SX
  • Windows/PC - VSTi format. Pentium III or better. 64Mb of RAM. All current Windows versions VST Instrument-compatible application such as Steinberg Cubase SX
  • Date Produced - 2002

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