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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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keith a hobbyist user from AMERICA writes:
Nice strings,limited bass and weak poly synth.You could layer up to five tones,but it is not really full blown synth.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-03-2003 at 01:14
Jimbo a professional user from US writes:
A great synth deal. Real analogue for a few bucks. You can get 2 of these for the same money as is being asked for a Opus 3. A great secret...shhhh!! A famous sound which features on many 70s and 80s tracks. Before the Prophet 5 I guess this was THE synth. The sound is sort of sad..makes you want to cry. Lovely yank synth fare. Owners love them. I love them. A much better unit than the Solina. If you can't get or afford a Quadra then this is the one to have.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-24-2002 at 12:39
The Real MC a professional user from USA writes:
Hey Mr. Professional, you got single and multiple triggering bass ackwards. Multiple triggering means the ADSR retriggers with every key whether you play legato or staccoto. Single triggering means you have to lift all keys before the ADSR will retrigger, so legato playing won't retrigger it.

posted Wednesday-Sep-11-2002 at 13:57
Lars Smith a professional user from Denmark writes:
I would like to add: Many people ask about the difference between Omni I and II. Well, listen carefully now. The Omni II has a multiple triggering option, the Omni I only has single triggering. This means that the envelope (ADSR) of the Omni I is triggered by every keystroke, whether you play legato or staccato. In multiple triggering mode the Omni II can let you have the envelope "die away" if you play legato passages. This a good option to have. On the other hand the multiple triggering is one of the features, which makes the Omni have this unmistakable sound, where the envelope is constantly triggered (and this is the case for all the notes in a cord held down, due to the fact that both Omnis have only one envelope for all notes). Another difference: The Omni I has only two outputs, the Main output and output from the synth section. The Omni II has four of them, so you are able to mix all three sections (Bass, Synthesizer and Strings)plus the mixed one seperately. Third difference, which is the real reason, why you should also consider the Omni I: The Omni I Bass section (8 and 16 feet) goes through the full VCF of the synthesizer, while the Omni II only has the option of a staccato setting (or normal ). This definitely makes the Omni I bass stand out in comparison to the Omni IIs. What more ? I noticed that the envelope on the Omni I seemed to work as a VCA-envelope for the synth sound, even when the ADSR-potmeter in the VCF-section is not engaged. This is not the case in the Omni II. Also the Chorus-function sounds slightly different in the two Omnis. Last but not least: Remember that the Omni Is generally use earlier and often less reliable ICs. On the other hand the Omni Is I played generally seemed to have a broader and more full sound, maybe also due to the bass.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-11-2002 at 09:42
Lars Smith a professional user from Denmark writes:
ARP Omni is in reality quite an underrated synthesizer. It is limited, but the limitations are also it`s strenght. It`s possibilities of layering 2 polyphonic synthesizer voices, string voices (Bass, Cello, Viola and Violin)and a separate bass section , combined with it`s triggering systems, which will trigger different layers in a somewhat unexpected manner makes it a very satisfying keyboard to make live-synthesizer- and string-progressions on. You can sound like a whole orchestra, though a limited one, if you think of variety of sound. It stays basically within the same range of sound colours, but when you have fallen in love with these,they may be hard to do without. 4 out of 5 for originality and sheer keyboard expression, 3 out of 5, because of admitted limitations as a synthesizer. 3 and a half that sums up to.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-06-2002 at 07:25
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