Synth Site: ARP: Odyssey 2800 (WHT): User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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joseph b.cruz a professional user from philippines writes:
i was helping my uncle clean his garage2yrs ago ,then i saw this little white box with keys in it,at that moment i new this thing is special so i bought it for 200us it was a bargain, anyways since then i've been using it with my band not only i think im the only one here in my country whose using it live on stage and the only one who has 1 lucky me..arp odyssey rocks!!!!cheers

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-04-2008 at 04:51
Nick Hendersom a hobbyist user from England writes:
What can I say. I have two ARP Odysseys in my possession, both the Mark II and the Mark III.

Comparison wise I would say that the Mark II is far superior, better filters and a less noisy S&H.

I would be intrigued to know which filter is inside my 1976 MK II (serial number 2813, as it sounds so different to the Mark III.

I definitely rate this synth and yes I own a Minimoog as well but the ARP gets my vote.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-18-2006 at 10:55
Mark A. from USA writes:
Just bought an ARP Odyssey 2800 (white) on Ebay. I know this is a great machine, could someone give me some advice on how to get good sounds out of it? So far, I'm only getting deep bass or whistling sounds. I really want to learn how to use this machine.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-04-2006 at 20:30
Bert Rodriguez a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I have had a white faced Odyssey for 30 years now. I just did a restoration which required me to desolder the sliding potentiometers, open them up and clean them with alcohol. No more noises from the potentiometers now and they slide like new. It can be done, but just be very careful. I only broke one casing and was able to glue it back and works fine. I recalibrated the power supply, installed new op amps in the A-1 board (with sockets) and replaced the JFET N channel transistors. For this last items, I used N-channel FETs from Radio Shack instead of the double transistor configuration that came with the unit.

After calibration, the repairs corrected the problem of the oscillators going out of tune with each other when going up two octaves with the switch.

I can attest that these modifications woked very well. Try them and you will not be disappointed.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-26-2005 at 11:47
M.L. a part-time user from Boston, MA,, USA writes:
Hey Everyone... I want to lay a question out, but before I do I'll add my two cents worth concerning the Odyssey.. I've had my 1974 Whiteface for about a year now... Got it on eBay for about $400; it turned out to be some of the best money I've ever spent on music gear!!! Mine isn't in the best shape (could use a good cleaning and tweaking, along with a High Level output connector and a couple sliders), but even still it constantly proves why it has its place in Analog Synth history!!! If you have any experience with analog synthesis, you can literally make this thing talk!!! The VCF on the Whiteface is a killer; you definitely can shape some very "off the wall" sounds with it, especially if you put it in self-oscillation!!! The Envelope Generator (ADSR) is easily as good as that on the MiniMoog (I've owned both), and it just demands to be tweaked!!! The MiniMoog has its own character and is a gorgeous instrument, but for the money I find the Oddy to be a better value these days... A Mini (even in Fair-Poor shape) is still gonna cost a thousand dollars, whereas an Oddy can be found for less... A lot less if you're lucky!!! I've found the layout of the Oddy to be more user friendly than that of the Mini, too... Now that they're getting up in age I would never think of gigging with it; I'll let it live in semi-retirement in my studio... It's still a great tool if you're into Electronic music, as thirty years after the fact it still can make sounds that can't compare to anything else... I'll always consider myself lucky to have had this great analog synth!!! Now, on to my question: I'm curious... A previous owner replaced the Pitch Bend knob with the PPC (Proportional Pitch Control) buttons... Does anyone know where I could find an Oddy schematic or any company that deals with old synth parts??? I want to go back to the old (knob) style pitch bend control... Also, if anyone knows where I could buy some slider replacements, that would be welcome info... After all, I'm trying to make my Odyssey's retirement comfortable!!!! Thanks...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-21-2005 at 09:54
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