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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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    Architecture
    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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