Oberheim Eight Voice

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The immensely fat and analog Eight Voice from Oberheim is truly a Vintage Synth. It is essentially eight classic Oberheim SEM modules stacked together alongside the Polyphonic Synthesizer Programmer for memory, a simple analog mixer, and a 49-note keyboard. This gives you an eight voice polyphonic/polytonal synthesizer with 16 VCO's, 8 VCFs, 16 ADR envelope generators and more. In the late '70s a really cool 2-tier keyboard version was released with a larger 61 note keyboard added below the standard 49 note keyboard.

Because the Eight Voice derives its polyphony from having eight mono-synth modules hard-wired together, it has some pros and cons. What is cool is that this was a lot of simultaneous voices for the mid-seventies. And the ability to craft a different sound on each voice led to some diverse and complex sounds. However, it also meant you have to program each voice independently. Fortunately the Polyphonic Synthesizer Programmer stores 16 patches per voice (all of which can be different) so you can save all that hard work spent programming sounds.

The Eight Voice was the pinnacle of Oberheim's first synth system, completely based around the simple little SEM. But a need for truly polyphonic circuit designs would soon lead to Oberheim's legendary OB-series, leaving the SEM based poly-synths behind in the 1970's... It has been used by Herbie Hancock, Styx, and Rush.

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11 Visitor comments
exkeyboardplaya
January 23, 2014 @ 11:20 pm
Please mention that this was also used by Larry Dunn of Earth, Wind, & Fire!
Dark Star
March 1, 2013 @ 4:40 pm
People seem to be confusing the OB-8 with THIS which is an 8 voice, totally different synth !
Iqmatul Fazreen
November 21, 2012 @ 7:41 pm
Yellow Magic Orchestra also uses OB-8 in the making of their 1978 debut album of the same name.
Iqmatul Fazreen
October 30, 2012 @ 10:55 am
Tangerine Dream used OB-8 on their 1978 album 'Cyclone'.
Iqmatul Fazreen
July 20, 2012 @ 10:16 pm
Akiko Yano used it when performing with Yellow Magic Orchestra on their 1980 Nippon Budokan concert.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Oscillators - 16 VCO's (2 per voice) with sawtooth or variable-pulse waveforms
  • LFO - LFO with triangle wave only
  • Filter - Low, band, high, notch filter w/ resonance
  • VCA - 2 ADR envelopes
  • Keyboard - 49 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - CV / Gate
  • Date Produced - 1977-1980

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