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Friday, September 20th, 2019 12:38 am

Synth Glossary

Arpeggiator:
Many synths can only play one note at a time (they are monophonic). With the arpeggiator on, if more than one note is pressed at a time, the synth will alternate between the notes. They also often have a range control that allows the user to tell the ynth to play additional octaves - so if the range is set to two octaves the synth will play the keys that are held down in the octave that they are played and then in the next octave up/down....

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Axxe
The Axxe is basically a monophonic version of the Odyssey (which was duophonic). It came with "Lessons in Electronic Music" (a 155 page textbook), "Instant Axxe" sheets that you could lay over the front panel that showed you patches, "Axxe blanks" (blank patch diagrams), an interface diagram (to hook it up with other synths), and a book of 50 patches.

The ARP Axxe (like the Odyssey) is also equipped with "Proportional Pitch Control (PPC), ARP's latest contribution to more expressive synthesizer performance. The triple-pad, pressure-sensitive controller lets you bend notes sharp and flat, and add vibrato, all without moving a single slider or switch."

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