MATRIXSYNTH: ARP Omni 2 SN 1144

Sunday, October 20, 2019

ARP Omni 2 SN 1144


via this auction

"This is an ARP Omni 2, Model 2473, fully overhauled by Synthcave Sound. It's fully functional and sounding great! The legendary Omni 2 is perhaps most closely associated with Joy Division but was used extensively in numerous recordings in the late 70s and early 80s. Its lush Solina string-ensemble sound is much sought after, but the Omni 2 also features a polyphonic synthesizer with VCF, LFO, and ADSR envelope along with a separate bass-synth section with its own envelope. Comes with a power cord.

The just-finished restoration consisted of 40+ hours of work:
- All 15 sliders were replaced with brand-new, modern, LED-illuminated sliders; these are super-smooth and look fantastic!
- All tantalum and electrolytic capacitors in the power supply have been replaced with brand-new, high-quality, high-voltage electrolytic capacitors - additionally, the recommended power-supply mod as described in ARP's field change notice FCN0011 (addition of a pair of capacitors and a pair of zener diodes) has been performed
- New key bushings on all keys, buss bar cleaned, and the keybed leveled
- All tantalum capacitors throughout the synth have been replaced with new high-quality electrolytics
- The 4075 VCF module has been modded for improved cutoff range
- Fully calibrated to factory spec with oscilloscope and frequency counter

Cosmetically, the synth is in quite good shape, considering its age. The top is a little scuffed up, as is quite common for the Omni 2, as people tend to like to set things on them that they probably shouldn't due to the flat surface. But, overall, it looks great, particularly with the new illuminated sliders!"

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