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Arturia Origin Keyboard Synthesizer

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Origin Keyboard is Arturia’s new version of Origin for the keyboard player. It keeps the outstanding modular system of Origin Desktop, putting it into a panel that closes on a high-quality keyboard controller. The intuitive interface is kept in place, along with all of the modules from the most famous synthesizers (ARP 2600, CS-80, Jupiter-8, Oberheim SEM, Prophet 5/VS, plus two of Bob Moog’s designs) and organs (Tonewheel, Rotary).

The integration of the ribbon control is a blast, the keyboard aftertouch possibilities open a world of expressivity, while the playing modes will rise to the expectations of any demanding performer.

Perform in style

Origin Keyboard is made for sound creators and players, musicians who are in the studio as much as they are on stage. It is a complete rock-solid mobile solution, offering everything you need to perform your sounds in a single, easily transportable cabinet.

The structure of Origin Keyboard is the same as Origin Desktop: a modular multi-synth creation device for the widest possible variety of sounds, a set of pre-configured synthesizer templates, TAE® (True Analog Emulation) for that warm and authentic analog sound and onboard DSP processing for maximum power.

The power at your fingertips

But now you can play a premium-quality lightweight keyboard with 61 keys, velocity response and Duophonic Aftertouch. Then use the joystick, the ribbon controller and the numerous controllers on the interface. You can adjust the tilt of the front panel for better visibility whether you play while seated or standing. Then you can close the panel and you are good to go to the next stage or the next studio session. Origin Keyboard is an invitation to a unique playing experience.


In the beginning, synthesizers weren’t about presets and using the same sounds as everyone else. They weren’t even about creating your own sounds, but creating your own original synthesis system. You could order individual, custom made modules and combine them together in any way you liked to create your own unique synthesizer and re-configure it any time you wanted.

Origin takes the concept of the Analog modular systems of the past to a new level, using cutting edge digital technology. You combine all the modules you want - either models taken from classic synthesizers or innovative modules created by Arturia - in order to design new synthesizers that never existed before.

What does Origin do?

Origin is one of the most versatile instruments on the market, and can be used in many different ways:

You can create your own unique synthesis patch and go extremely deep into triggering signals, setting sources and amounts of modulation for each connection. You can browse through the presets and tweak them using all the available controllers (knobs, joystick, etc.).
Loaded with both classic and innovative sounds created by the best sound designers, Origin is very inspiring even if you limit yourself to only using the presets.

How does it work?

All patch connections take place in the Edit page. You have two different views: the rack view, which displays your patch as a rack of modules (just like on a hardware modular) and the diagram view, showing all connections at a glance.

Connecting modules is easy, since only potential destinations and sources are displayed in each menu. Standard connections are set by default to optimize your time. On very complicated patches, you can better see the connections by using connection filters: yellow to see only audio connections, green to see only trigger connections, etc.

Origin has two types of sound structures: Programs and Multis

What is a Program?

Here is a list of the parameters you can set for each program:

A synthesis patch, i.e. a set of connections between different modules such as oscillators, filters, envelopes, and so on. By sending the electrical signal of an oscillator into a filter, by setting an envelope on the overall volume, by modulating the frequency of the filter, etc., you will define a unique synthesis structure that will generate a particular sound.

You can choose up to three effects - such as chorus, reverb or delay, for example - and apply them to the sound coming out of your synthesis patch. You can choose whether you want the effects to be applied in serial or parallel mode.

Mixer settings: volume and pan for each VCA output (you can have up to 4), the amount/send of each effect applied to the sound, the playing mode (polyphony, legato, portamento, etc.)

Galaxy, 2D envelope, Mono LFO 1&2: these are innovative modulation sources brought by Arturia to help bring your electronic sounds to life.

Polyphonic Aftertouch gives you a greater degree of control over your modulations.

Joystick and encoder assignments: Origin offers many controllers that you can configure the way you want. The joystick can be assigned to many different parameters, either simultaneously or separately via the 3 different joystick assign modes. The color knobs located next to the screen can be affected in a glance to a remote parameter. The assignment information is saved in each program.

General information: program name, style, instrument, sound designer, etc. can be edited and saved very quickly. This information makes a very handy search tool in the preset browser (2 crossed search keys in the browser).

What is a Multi?

Multi mode allows you to:

Open up to 4 programs simultaneously

Send each program to a different hardware stereo output

Choose whether you want to split the programs on your keyboard or layer them.

Choose the MIDI channel on which each program is played

Set the MIDI transpose for each program


A template is a special type of program in which the synthesis patch can’t be modified. This patch reproduces the structure of a classic synthesizer and lets you very easily control every parameter of it from the Origin front panel.

That’s how you can turn your Origin into a classic vintage synthesizer. Load up the Mini or Jupiter-8 template to revive these classic old sounds.

The Mini template looks very much like the Arturia Mini V software synthesizer. Indeed it reproduces Bob Moog’s legendary synthesizer exactly, and brings it into the 21st century by adding features such as polyphony, an extra LFO and a modulation matrix which, among other possibilities, makes the Mini able to respond to polyphonic aftertouch!

Of course, just like any other program, you can route your Mini template into the powerful effects section of Origin, trigger it with the step sequencer, or modulate the sound using the Joystick or the Galaxy module…

But Origin offers more and allows you to play on the first multi-timbral Mini ever. Indeed, a template being a single program, you can open up to 4 Minis in Multi mode!


Arpeggiator and/or sequencer settings: each program can be linked to a sequence pattern and/or to the Origin Arpeggiator. Both the sequence pattern and the Arpeggiator settings are saved into the program info.


The Origin sequencer is extremely powerful. Each pattern in the sequencer is made of 3 different sequences that can be sent to any parameter.


The Joystick can be used in three situations: You can assign the joystick to any parameter you want. On the horizontal axis you will have control over one parameter while on the vertical axis you will control another one. There are three different modes and you can make two assignments for each of them.

The 2D Envelope module is a proprietary module inspired by the Prophet VS structure. It allows you to assign amazing sound variations to the joystick.

Mixer VS

The Mixer VS is a module controlled by the joystick which allows the dynamic mixing of 4 audio signals.

The Analog Area

In a modular system each sound structure, or patch, can be different. But all synthesis patches come with some common modules: oscillators, filters and envelopes. Very often you will also find LFOs.

As they are vital, these modules are easily controllable in Origin in what we call the Analog Area.

If you have several modules of the same type in your patch, for example several oscillators, use the Select button to decide which one you will control. Then you can set the values for this particular module.

When turning the select button you will find a stage called « Macro ». In Macro mode you can control all modules of the same type at the same time. This is a great system to create dramatic evolutions of your sound such as sweeping all filters together.

The Macro Mode

The Analog Area allows for the control of different important modules: oscillators, filters, LFO’s and envelopes. As you saw in the video clip, the Select button cycles from one oscillator to the next, offering control over any module of this type. The Macro mode controls all modules of the same type at the same time.

The color knobs

On top of the Analog Area, Origin offers 8 assignable encoders to control any parameter you want. Assigning an encoder to a sound parameter is a very simple process.

The Fine button

Origin offers a Fine mode in which potentiometers and encoders are more precise. When the Fine button is on, you have extreme precision on each controller.

Multi presets

Multis are accessible on the preset page by clicking on the second button on top of the screen. Each Multi is made of up to 4 programs. Multis can be selected using one criteria: Type, Gig, etc.

Preset Management

Managing presets in Origin is easy. You can save banks on your computer using our Origin Software, a Mac and PC application included with the synthesizer. Drag and drop presets, dump your entire preset list, rename, reorganize: the system is a breeze to use.


Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Frequency Modulation, Physical modelling, ROM, Subtractive, Vector synthesis, Virtual Analog, Wave Table
Oscillators: 9
Waveforms: Pink Noise, Pulse, Pulse Variable, ROM, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Sub Oscillator, Triangle, Wave Table, White Noise
ROM Resolution: 44.1 kHz
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Continuous Controller, Envelope, Fader, Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Ring Modulation, Sequencer, Velocity
Oscillator Notes:
*Oscillator count dependent on synthesizer type
Sampling: 44.1 kHz
Envelopes: 8
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Envelope Notes::
+Envelope count dependent on synthesizer type
Filters: 4
Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Limit, High Pass, Low Pass, Notch
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Portamento, Sequencer
Filter Notes:
*Filter count dependent on synthesizer type
LFO: 4
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 32
Timbrality: 4
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split
Patches RAM: 1000
Patches ROM: 400
Multipatches RAM: 256
Multipatches ROM: 100
Storage: Internal, USB
Editing: MIDI, USB
Modes: forward, backward, forward and backward, random.
Maximum range: five octaves.
+10 effects
+3 effect slots per program with serial and parallel structures
3 x 32 steps
+ 256 patterns
+128 are factory fixed patterns.
Case: Keyboard
Keyboard: 61 keys, Plastic
Controls: Aftertouch, Velocity, Buttons, Knobs, Switches, Mod - Ribbon, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Modulation - Audio Input, Pedal - Sustain, Pedal - Volume, Sequencer
Display Type: LCD, Backlit
Display Count H: 320
Display Count V: 236
Display Notes: 32,768 colors
Dimensions (WxDxH): 1020 x 325 x 420 mm
Weight: 18 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 12
Inputs: 2 x 1/4" inputs
Power: 6.5 VDC 3.85A
Year Released: 2009
Manuals & Documents

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.arturia.com
Repairs and Support
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MSRP List Price: $3,499 - convert
Retail Street Price: $3,000 - convert
Used Price: $2,200-$2,400 - convert
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