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ARP Avatar Guitar-Controlled Synthesizer Model 2225


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Description
The ARP Avatar was a guitar-controlled synthesizer (guitar synthesizer), manufactured by ARP Instruments, Inc. beginning in 1977. While innovative, being one of the first commercial guitar-controlled synthesizers, it was a commercial flop for ARP, and is widely credited with causing the financial collapse of the company.
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Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Up, Square
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Input, LFO, Oscillator, Sync Hard
Envelopes
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters
Filters: 1
Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Input, LFO
LFO
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Sine, Square
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patches
Patches RAM: 1
Effects
Fuzzbox effect
Case
Case: Desktop
Controls: Buttons, Sliders, Switches
Display Type: LED
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, XLR, Mono Out, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 6
Audio Output Notes: Separate mono guitar, mono synth
Inputs: Mono external
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate In, Gate Out, Trigger In, Trigger Out
Power: 120V AC
Production
Year Released: 1977
Design Notes:

Nearly $4 million was spent in the first year on production and R&D for the Avatar, and the $3000 machine sold only about $1 million worth of units over its lifespan. Guitarists were not quick to adopt the new technology, mostly due to the unit's price and technical eccentricities. The Avatar, however, did find a few advocates and paved the way for more successful guitar synthesizers. Because of its architecture - essentially an ARP Odyssey with a 6-way "fuzzbox" distortion effect - it has regained a little stature among collectors as a standalone synthesizer.
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MSRP List Price: $3,000 - convert
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