Classic synth could be making a comeback.
Gear manufacturer Behringer has hinted that it’s making a clone of the ARP Odyssey, the synthesizer that helped define ’80s electronic pop.
“How would you feel if we build an authentic ARP Odyssey synthesizer, but with a unique 3-mode VCF circuitry (that replicates all MK I to III versions) plus full Midi/USB implementation?” the company wrote on Facebook alongside a mock-up image (above).
Priced around $500, Behringer’s clone would compete with Korg’s reproduction of the ARP Odyssey, announced in February 2014. Behringer announced its plans to launch a synthesizer line just a month ago.
The original ARP Odyssey was released in 1972 and came to define a certain crossover style incorporating electronic pop, jazz and progressive rock. John Foxx used the ARP Odyssey on his genre-busting Metamatic album, Jean Michel Jarre used one on Oxygene, and Gary Numan kept one around until at least 1985, even though production ceased in 1981.