I just picked up an Echoplex effects pedal. A what? OK, I know, something only hard core music geeks have heard of. I will give a quick explanation, but I won’t blame you if you skip down to the video ;)
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An “echo” (AKA, “delay”) is just what the name implies – you put in a sound and you get a repeat of the sound. You hear it all of the time in “modern” music (post-1950s) without hearing it. In the late 60s and 70s a lot of artists pushed it so you did hear it – it became part of their sound (Pink Floyd) or was used on special occasions (the weird synth solo in the Styx song “Come Sail Away” starting about 3:15 in). Continue reading →
I just picked up the Korg recreation of the classic analog synthesizer, the ARP Odyssey. I first started playing with the instrument on Friday and it is Monday morning, so this is more of a “first impression” than an actual review. Before that first impression, I should talk about the instrument a little.
A Brief History of the Odyssey
Back in the early 1970s ARP released the Odyssey as a direct competitor for the Mini Moog. The Mini had the famous big, phat sound, but the Odyssey, besides being less expensive, had a lot going for it. It was duophonic (you could play two notes as opposed to the Mini’s one), it had a ring modulator (creates complex harmonics), you could synch the oscillators (forces them in tune with each other, even when you try to force them out of tune), you can put an envelope on pitch, there was sample and hold (S&H), there was a simple high pass filter, and you could do some more complex modulation routings. Continue reading →