THE RHODES CHROMA SYNTHESIZERs – (former ARP)

THE RHODES CHROMA SYNTHESIZER – developed by Arp

Rhodes Rhodes Synth overview / überblick..
The Rhodes Chroma

built in 1982

there was also the expander version (no keyboard)

it has been developed by ARP, so it is the last ARP synth made.. but sold to rhodes. they later did the chroma polaris – which is in fact not as varaiable and it was a bit late in 1984 to sell well..

Rhodes Chroma Synthesizer (made by ARP)
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basically it has 2 VCOs, 2 LFOs called sweep generators and 2 Multimode filters (HPF and LPF) and 2 Envelopes (not ADSR but with modable decay) Rhodes Chroma Synthesizer (made by ARP)
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ENVELOPES
are ADR Type
but you can Mod A and D time!

the very special is:

Rhodes Chroma Synthesizer (made by ARP)
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the chroma has some structures that can set 2 VCO-filter-VCA plus envs/lfo in series or parallel as split or dual and ringmod/sync or filter fm! Rhodes Chroma Synthesizer (made by ARP)
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with emagic sounddiver you can still edit it.. (midi), but you need to install midi before. the standard chroma has no midi since it was made before midi was born (1981 it was taken over by fender / rhodes from arp)..

in germany EES/Wieschiolek made a nice Midi Interface for it..
about 3000 were made, so it is rare, yes.

originally there was an editor for very early apple computers and an interface for it ;)
it’s all vintage..

Rhodes Chroma Synthesizer (made by ARP)
still click RHODES CHROMA image to enlarge..