At NAMM two years ago, Korg first revealed its modern take on the classic ARP Odyssey synthesizer. Despite touting that model as a "faithful recreation" of the original, the reissue was a smaller version with 37 keys. During the music industry's big trade show this year, Korg is showing off a full-size option: the ARP Odyssey FS. Available in each the original's three color schemes, the new instrument offers a standard keyboard and more space on the slider panel to make sound adjustments.
The new analog duophonic synth is being assembled in New York under the supervision of ARP co-founder Daviv Friend. Korg says the "weight and essence" are exactly the same as the original ARP Odyssey and when coupled with the analog sounds, the FS model is "a true resurrection." The company explains that what the new version offers is the audio quality, look, stability and size of the classic with the reliability of an instrument built today.
As you might expect, the ARP Odyssey FS is more expensive than it's smaller sibling. While the 2015 release is $800, the larger version will set you back $1,600. Korg also says that production of the FS will be limited though it didn't offer any exact quantities. Of course, if you're not looking to empty your wallet on a new synth, there's an iOS version of the Odyssey available for $20. That one is much more portable.