See recordings of George Duke, Patrick Moraz, Tom Coster, Herbie Hancock, not to mention the Cars and Ultravox.
debatable IMO ...
They used what was available at that time and those being still alive and active, don´t use the vintage gear much, at least not for gigging.
NO other synth can ACCURATELY reproduce those sounds and textures.
Don´t forget, as always w/ analog gear, there was also the preamp/console and other outboard gear in a recording situation, as also amplification when gigging.
I also remember in recordings it was often a mix of DI into console and miced amp/cab ...
I really doubt you´ll hear a "puristic" Odyssey, Minimoog or Oberheim in any recording.
... the reports on the Oddy so far are good.
And even I think there are devices out there nailing the sound good (enough),- I also think this product is a nice toy to play with,- especially at that pricepoint.
According the Music Group/Behringer:
You cannot stop progress.
They grew up big, made big money and are global players.
I remember times where such success in biz was part of the american dream,- no ?
In fact they are able buying DSI and others w/ ease when they want.
All the idealistic companies, Sequential, Oberheim and others included, went south long time before.
It was nice they existed and were innovative and we got great toys (at steep pricepoints),- but they didn´t survive, period.
DSI came back, got their trademark "Sequential" back, but still cannot do mass production like MusicGroup can.
It´s all law of supply ...
I guess even if the build quality of these new vintage gear clones might be good (by current standards),- there will be something quality wise making those products cheap.
There´s the production process in china as well as todays electronic components which might be not very reliable when cheap enough.
I still guess when buying a 3k bucks DSI/ Sequential product,- it promises better reliability.
So, it´s up to the musician what to buy and what not.
Most musicians cannot afford 3k bucks products w/ ease,- so that´s the market for B.
And it´s good they exist because there´s more movement in the market.
I also remember when we payed many thousands of dollars for flagship synths in the past, they were partially crappy manufactured too,- or at least there were some unreliable and dead on cheap parts inside.
I had a lot of problems when touring w/ my 1st Prophet rev2 as also w/ my OB-8 and when we look inside the gear from 40 years ago today, we often get pale recognizing the poor quality and are happy finding a mod making it better.
Already in the past they knew "sound" is the main attraction, not quality ... and when it sounded good at the moment, they were able to sell electronic scrap for big money and they did !
Gear coming from idealistic boutique companies running their production in a garage doesn´t mean is excellent just because it´s expensive.
is a very good ARP Odyssey emulation which I love when I want preset memory and more MIDI CC compatibility than just only notes.
It sounds much better in real than the 128 kbps compressed demos ...
I own XITE and use it.
But,- it costs 166,- EUR, needs the expensive DSP hardware and I miss the haptics incl. keyboard which I prefer when programming patches,- and now I can buy a hardware Odyssey for around 400,-.
So what ?
Don´t try or buy because businessmen I don´t know in person, fight and sue each other all day and/or are famous pioneers and "heroes" ???
Do they pay my living because they are heroes for me ?
Except KORG no other manufacturer offers this synth in hardware and I expect it to be slightly better than the KORG version,- not only because of the full size keyboard for much lower price.
So it´s worth a try IMO,- probably a no-brainer when someone really wants it.