Oberheim DSX

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In the early 1980's Oberheim unveiled a new (pre-MIDI) proprietary system called the Oberheim Parallel Buss. This was a system in which several newly released pieces of Oberheim gear could be easily connected and synchronized. These included the lush OB-8 eight voice synth, the DMX drum machine, and the DSX Digital Polyphonic Sequencer. The DSX can interface directly with other Oberheim synths as well, including the OB-Xa, OB-SX, and OB-X. The DSX can synchronize to the DMX, or it can control the OB-synths. In addition to controlling these synths, the DSX features 8 CV and Gate outputs to control up to 8 more other analog synthesizers!

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For an analog synth player, the DSX adds an incredible amount of sequencing power never really seen on other analog synths' built-in sequencers of the time. The DSX records in realtime the notes and patch changes you create while playing your OB-synth. It can hold up to 6,000 notes! The DSX can store up to 10 different sequences/songs. Each sequence can have 10 polyphonic tracks for multiple OB-synths and DMXs. Patch info including splits and doubles can be stored too. Quantizing, looping, editing, transposing, and sequence merging are a few more features. If you've got any of these classic (pre-MIDI) Oberheim analog OB-synths lying around, the DSX is an easy way to directly control them in a classic way, and without any need for MIDI retro-fits or interfaces.

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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
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  • Manual - Download the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 10 polyphonic tracks per sequence
  • Sounds - None
  • Effects - None
  • Sequencer - 6,000 Note Capacity. 10 polyphonic tracks per sequence/song
  • Songs - 10 Sequences/Songs
  • VCA - None
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - Oberheim Parallel Buss; 8 CV/Gate INs/OUTs
  • Date Produced - 1981
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