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NAMM 2008: Arturia debuts modular Origin keyboard

You can control the Origin Keyboard using its 5.2-inch TFT screen.
You can control the Origin Keyboard using its 5.2-inch TFT screen.

Having announced that it was in development in 2007, Arturia has now officially unveiled the keyboard version of its long-awaited Origin synth.

This striking instrument features modules and controls from Arturia's popular software synths. So, you get emulations of the Minimoog, CS-80, ARP 2600, Moog Modular, Jupiter-8 and the Prophet VS. All of these modules can be combined, enabling you to build your own custom patches.

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Origin Keyboard offers up to 32 voices of polyphony and comes with more than 500 presets. The hardware features two audio ins and ten audio outs, plus an S/PDIF output, MIDI I/O and a USB 2.0 connection.

Also onboard is a selection of effects, a 16/32 step sequencer and a 40cm ribbon controller. There are 55 potentiometers, 46 rotary encoders and 64 switches. As you can see from the picture, the Origin Keyboard also sports a moveable TFT screen.

It's also worth noting that a future update will enable you to use the Origin as an AU or VST plug-in, with the Arturia hardware doing all of the processing legwork.

We don't yet know when the Origin Keyboard will be released - despite being launched at the 2007 Winter NAMM show, the standard model hasn't made it to market yet - but we can reveal that its price has been set at $3499/€2999.

You can keep up to date with developments at the Arturia website.