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We don't currently make an internal retrofit for the ARP Odyssey although we used to in the past (1986-2003) and we may do again in the future. However the only current option is to use it with one of our MIDI to CV converters.

First question to ask though is, which model of Odyssey do you have? - there are four versions.
1) Black with a grey face - no CV & Gate input sockets.
2) Black with gold lettering - early ones have no CV & Gate sockets
3) Black with gold lettering - later ones which do have CV & Gate sockets
4) Black with orange lettering - these all have CV & Gate sockets.

From our point of view this amounts to those without sockets and those with.


For Odysseys without CV & Gate sockets (black with grey face model and early black & gold model) :

These models do not have CV & Gate sockets already fitted. If you want to control these Odysseys using MIDI, then you will need to add sockets, a MIDI to CV converter and Leads. Each of these is considered below.

1) Sockets.
As there are no suitable control sockets fitted to these Odysseys, you'll need to get them fitted with CV, Gate & Trig sockets.
Kenton make a 4 socket upgrade for this model which provides CV, Gate, Trig and Filter cutoff control sockets. This upgrade is available either as a kit for fitting by your own engineer, or fully fitted by us at our premises in London.

Socket upgrade for ARP Odyssey mk1 - kit only - for fitting by a competent synth engineer

Socket upgrade for Odyssey mk1 - including fitting by Kenton

The sockets add CV, Gate, Trigger & Filter control. If using with a Pro-Solo you will need to use the Aux 1 output for trigger as the envelopes on these synths require a trigger pulse as well a gate.

2) MIDI to CV converter (or USB MIDI to CV converter)
Use this link to see the range of Kenton converters suitable for this model

Kenton MIDI to CV converters

Use the following settings on the converter for these Odysseys :
CV - The upgrade socket requires 1 Volt per Octave control. Set the CV select parameter to CV or Volts/Octave - this is the Kenton default
Gate - The upgrade socket requires a 12-15V gate signal - this is a change from the Kenton default setting
Aux1/Trig - The upgrade socket requires a 0-10V analogue signal from an Aux output - this is the Kenton default setting for voltage but the Aux output will need to be configured for trigger as these ARP synths require a trigger for the envelopes as well as a Gate signal. Change the Aux Controller setting to TR or trigger depending which model you have. See the MIDI to CV controller manual for more info.

3) Leads
For connecting the socket upgrade to a Kenton converter, you will need three (for CV, Gate & Trig) or four (for CV, Gate, Trig & Filter) 3.5mm to 3.5mm MONO jack leads. We supply these in several lengths. See the first 3 items on this page:

3.5mm to 3.5mm mono jack leads


For Odysseys with CV, Gate & Trig sockets already fitted (later black & gold model and black and orange model)- :

These models already have CV, Gate & Trig sockets. If you want to control these Odysseys using MIDI, then you will need a MIDI to CV converter and Leads and optionally an additional socket for control of filter cutoff frequency. Each of these is considered below.

1) Sockets
The Odyssey mk2 is already fitted with CV, Gate & Trig control sockets, which is all you need for control of the notes, however it could benefit from fitting an additional socket for control of the filter cutoff frequency. The three sockets fitted as standard are labelled as follows:

CV IN - This is a standard volt per octave CV input. This is a 3.5mm mono jack socket which should be connected to the CV output of a Kenton converter (set to CV). You will need a 3.5mm to 3.5mm mono jack lead for this connection. See leads section below.

Gate IN - This is a gate input. This is a 3.5mm mono jack socket which should be connected to the Gate output of a Kenton converter set to Gate (high gate voltage if selectable). You will need a 3.5mm to 3.5mm lead for the connection. See leads section below.

Trig IN - This is a trig input for the envelope generators. This is a 3.5mm mono jack socket which should be connected to the Aux output of a Kenton converter set to TR or trigger. You will need a 3.5mm to 3.5mm lead for the connection. See leads section below.
It may not be necessary to connect this to the CV converter.

As mentioned above, Kenton make a 1 socket upgrade for this model which provides a filter cutoff control socket. This upgrade is available either as a kit for fitting by your own engineer, or fully fitted by us at our premises in London.

Socket upgrade for Odyssey mk2/3 - kit only - for fitting by a competent synth engineer

Socket upgrade for Odyssey mk2/3 - including fitting by Kenton

If the filter socket is fitted you would connect it to the Aux output of the CV converter. If you have one of the Solo models then the Aux output may already be being used for trigger in which case you won't be able to control the filter cutoff.

2) MIDI to CV converter (or USB MIDI to CV converter)
Use this link to see the range of Kenton converters suitable for this model

Kenton MIDI to CV converters

Use the following settings on the converter for this model:
CV - This version requires 1 Volt per Octave control. Set the CV select parameter to CV or Volts/Octave - this is the Kenton default setting
Gate - This version requires gate (5V is usually enough) - this is the Kenton default
Trig - If trig is required you need to set the aux controller number to TR (trigger)
Aux1/Filter - The upgrade socket requires a 0-10V analogue signal - this is the Kenton default setting

3) Leads

You will need:
4x 3.5mm to 3.5mm mono jack leads

If you don't know anything about MIDI to CV converters and would like to know more, read the following page on our website:

What is MIDI to CV?


 

 

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