Lustrous synth lead reminiscent of John Foxx
Former leader of Ultravox, John Foxx, now British synthesizer nobility, demonstrates his unparalleled sound-design abilities on the Arp Odyssey with this unique lead. ohn’s dark, world-view style still resonates in the music industry today. This lead has a lustrous character that’s distinctive of the ARP Odyssey, created by settings that I myself think of as “full-out,” wheremany of the parameters are full-on. Oscillator sync is applied, and the overtones generated by ring modulation and the sound from sample & hold is output from the mixer and then modulated to create a saturation-like luster. This method of sound design is similar to Billy Currie’s solo sound, but the trick is that while playing, you set TRANSPOSE switch to 2 OCTAVES DOWN and turn the VCO2 COARSE setting upward. It’s as though the ARP Odyssey is screaming.