liquidzen wrote:yup, and some people love mandolins. fluffy puppys named chester, dandy walks on an autumn eve, etc. i just don't think it deserves the name oberheim, but that is MY opinion. hell, a matrix 6 is beefier than the ob12, a matrix 6 is still worthy of the name. it was only 2-3 years ago these were going for $300 on ebay. again, it may be the cream pie for some... cheers to those few.
You make several assumptions in your argument, which (despite your disclaimer) does attempt to ridicule my opinion. First of all, why consider it an oberheim synth at all? It obviously isn't. Consider it on its own merits.
You make the assumption that any synth, in order for it to be good, must be "beefy". Really? Are synths good proportionally only to this one particular quality? If you have multiple synths, might it also be nice to have synths that actually emphasize differnent qualities? You're comparing a synth whose strong points are its digital qualities, with analog synths.
However, it does do some things very well. The interface is extremely intuitive, and for the most part all of the controls are right there for you. The synth can scream, squeak, and squeal without very much effort, and part of its charm is that often in the midst of doing this, it will gasp for air, being a bit underpowered - sometimes these glitches can be rather nice. It's very easy to layer sounds, and use the various sequencing modules to sequence them all differently, and its easy to turn these things on and off while you're playing, and edit the 4 parts.
The filter actually has a nice quality, I think, but certainly, if you spend a lot on this synth seeking to emulate your analogs, or even your traditional VA's, you've bought the wrong instrument.
The fact that it was going for $300 a few years ago is relevant how exactly? Obviously the synth has gained some favor because there are a number of people who realize that the synth does a lot more than its presets indicate, that some of the problems it initially had were corrected with OS upgrades, etc. One of the things that attracted me to it is the fact that if you search user reviews of it there is exactly this great disparity - users like you who are looking for ONE thing in a synth, and think that this thing is a piece of crap, which it is when you compare it to the nords, or the virus, and use it to emulate analog sounds. And then there are other users who really like it for reasons similar to those that I've expressed. If you want a very flexible, easy to use, timbrally interesting synth that will be very different than anything else you have, look great, and also have a quite fantastic display and workflow - well, it's worth looking into. I'd certainly say that if you've never had a chance to try one out, DON'T spend $1,000 unless you really want to potentially waste your money.