MATRIXSYNTH: Korg ARP Odyssey with External Audio Input from Casio SA-76

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Korg ARP Odyssey with External Audio Input from Casio SA-76


Published on Oct 3, 2016 Doug Plate

"Since I got my Odyssey, I've tried running various different keyboards into the Ext Audio Input to process through the VCF/VCA. Until now, everything I tried ended up sounding noisy or distorted (and not in a good way).

I recently picked up a Casio SA-76 at the thrift store and was surprised at how great the keyboard sounded through headphones, so gave it a try. It seems like a perfect match and comes through the Odyssey filter sounding really thick.

A Beatstep is controlling the Odyssey note sequence and there's lots of modulation on the filter - including Oscillator 1 in LF mode -affecting oscillator 2 and the SA-76 coming through it.

I won't apologize for the thrift store gear, but I will apologize for the length of the video: probably about 3 times longer than needed! I guess I was just enthralled by the sound of my own filter!

Recorded using the Audio Recorder in my Casio Privia Pro PX-5S because it's just so convenient."

Sequencer Control of Korg ARP Odyssey Filter (The Easy Way)

Published on Sep 12, 2016 Doug Plate

"Here is an updated, short video featuring the Korg ARP Odyssey and the Casio PX-5S showing and an easy way to control the Korg Arp Odyssey filter using a control voltage sequencer like the Beatstep. Just use a normal 1/8" to 1/4" adapter to connect sequencer CV Out to ARP Pedal input.

The Rhodes sound is supplied by the amazing Casio Privia PX-5S which also served as the audio recorder.

The question came up - why not just use the CV-In jack to control the filter from the sequencer? As this video demonstrates, in this configuration, the filter can be controlled by the sequencer while the oscillators notes are controlled by the keyboard producing a pseudo-polyphonic or multitimbral effect. Using CV-In, the oscillators would follow the sequencer also."

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