Well, for the last couple of years, Korg seems that can’t stop with the great news!
First the Monotron Series: 50 dollars for plastic enclosure analogue ribbon synths, the three of them are quite limited, and for many people, toys. At Piggysounds we make extensive use of the monotron delay and we truly love it! They are three of them, each with a different voice architecture.
Some time after, the came out with their second line of analogue synths in more than 20 years: the Monotribe: again, ribbon controller, fairly basic voice architecture, no MIDI (like monotron), but analog sync for it’s sequencer. Yes, Electribe style step sequencer. Still seemed to be a toy for some people… For some others, it looked like something was going on between Korg and its analogue history.
Last year, they really made it: a reincarnation of one the most important mono synth of all times, the MS-20 mini. Every synth-head was going crazy with this. As if this was not enough, they’ve announced 3 new synths: the Volca series. A drum machine, pretty much inspired in the Tr 808; a Bass synth, also with step sequencer pretty much inspired in the Tr-303, but with Korg’s own MiniKorg filter; finally, a Volca inspired in nothing: the Keys a three note polyphonic (paraphonic) synth with looper and analog style delay. All of the three have tactile keyboard, sequencer, MIDI in and analog sync i/o.
We all thought, this can’t get any better…
But, this year, they’ve announced at NAMM a full size DIY kit of the Korg MS-20 with both filters circuitry letting you choose if you prefer to use the first grittier-screammy filter or the more gentle used in the latest models… so, you can have a 1978 MS-20 and a 1980 MS-20 in this recreation. Oh my god! What else?
Today, they have just announced they are working on a new recreation of the (drum roll, please) ARP Odissey!!
Here’s what they have to say (directly from Korg’s site):
Tokyo, Japan – February 17, 2014 – KORG INC. is proud to announce that a faithful recreation of the legendary 1970s analog synthesiser, the ARP Odyssey, is being developed by Korg for release later in 2014. The ARP Odyssey was released in 1972 by ARP Instruments, Inc. and quickly became famous for its unique rich sound and innovative performance controls. It was a staple for many recording and performing musicians worldwide and was used on countless hit records over many years. The Odyssey was one of the highlights of the ARP company and became a long selling product. With slight updates and improvements it was sold through to 1981. Korg is also proud to welcome Mr David Friend as our chief advisor on the Odyssey. David Friend established ARP Instruments, Inc. along with Alan Robert Pearlman and is a past president of ARP Instruments, Inc. He was also the lead designer of the original Odyssey in addition to designing or co-designing many other products. After ARP, Mr Friend became a successful technology entrepreneur. In 2010, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the New England Region, he has been a lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is now Chairman & CEO of Carbonite, Inc. He has been a trustee of the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. In the last few years, KORG INC. has released several top selling analog synthesizers such as the monotrons series, the monotribe, the volca series and the hugely successful MS-20 mini, a faithful fully analog recreation of the 1978 MS-20. With Korg’s technology capabilities and planning ability for analog synthesizers, and in collaboration with David Friend, we believe the legendary ARP Odyssey will become a “must have” for an all new generation of music makers. The ARP Odyssey is scheduled for release in September 2014. – See more at: http://www.korg.com/us/news/2014/0217/#sthash.GJgfFxPv.dpuf
Well… guess now we’ll just have to wait…