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Synthchaser #083 – ARP Omni 2 Repair – No Output / Lights On, Nobody Home

Wrapping up the restoration of yet another dead ARP Omni 2, I hook everything up for testing & calibration, but there’s no output. Together we use some simple logic to figure out what’s wrong and fix the synthesizer!  

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Cold Solder Joints

I was working on an ARP Omni 2 and came across a really bad soldering job.  Someone had replaced the gating capacitors, but all of their solder joints were “cold solder joints”.  What’s a cold solder joint?  Well, first let me explain what a good solder joint is.  With a good solder joint, both the […]

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Synthchaser #080 & 081 – ARP Odyssey Restoration & Repair

First, we restore a dead ARP Odyssey. Not the new Korg one, a real vintage, 1973 Mk 1 Model 2800 Whiteface ARP Odyssey. We change the ICs, capacitors, sliders, repair a dead oscillator and a damaged power supply. This Odyssey gets the full Synthchaser spa treatment! Then, we use that ARP Odyssey as a test […]

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Synthchaser #077 – ARP Omni 2 Phaser Repair

In wrapping up the restoration of an ARP Omni 2, I noticed the sound was ever so slightly off. Together we track down the problem and repair the culprit delay line on the phaser board of the synthesizer. Shows the importance of replacing all of those tantalum capacitors with my kit: ARP Omni 2 Capacitor […]

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Synthchaser #076 – ARP Omni 2 Wood Side Panels

I was restoring an ARP Omni 2 and one of the leather sides was damaged, as they often are, so I made some replacement side panels from hardwood. In this video I pop them on we see what it looks like when it’s done. My video camera is lousy, and doesn’t do the wood justice, […]

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Synthchaser #075 – ARP Omni 2 Repair – Bass Note Problems

I troubleshoot and repair a couple of problems with this ARP Omni 2. First the lower bass voice is dead. Second, a weird problem with the low note priority circuitry of the bass notes is seemingly allowing more than 1 bass note through at a time.

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Synthchaser #073 – ARP 2600 Tonus Logo Repair – Sliders & Connectors

The greatest synth ever, the ARP 2600, is beating the heat in the Synthchaser workshop and getting a little love and minor TLC. I replace a broken slider and identify and replace some bad connectors that were causing the keyboard control voltage to glitch or be dropped.    

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Synthchaser #061 – ARP Fender Rhodes Chroma Dual Footswitch Pedal Servicing

The pedal is for sale if you are interested, please contact me. It’s not just your vintage synths that need love from time to time, it’s also their accessories. I service a Rhodes Chroma dual footswitch by replacing the damaged plug, cleaning the switches, recapping the switch, and polishing the brass. Result is a pedal […]

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Synthchaser #055 – ARP Pro/DGX Mk I (Pro Soloist III) Repair – Infinitely sustaining notes

I repair an ARP Pro/DGX Mk I with a bad slider and certain voices that sustain indefinitely.  And experiment with video editing and speeding up the video so you can see me solder!

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Synthchaser #054 – ARP Omni 2 Disassembly

I show how to disassemble an ARP Omni 2 and remove all the circuit boards and the power supply.  You can send your boards to me for recapping, service or repair so you can have an expert repair your synth without having to ship the whole heavy thing!  

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