Oberheim OB-1

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The OB-1 is a simple and great monophonic synth from Oberheim based on the same synth architecture as the SEM. Released in 1978, it was the first truly programmable analog synth of it's time with 8 program memories.

Classic and fat sounding bass & lead synth sounds. Similar in sound and synthesis from the Roland SH-101 to the MicroMoog. It has two analog oscillators and a very capable 2 or 4 pole switchable VCF (filter) that sounds great, and a good LFO that can control the VCA or VCF. This is a very versatile monosynth, especially during its time, and makes an interesting alternative to other more common bass-synths. It has been used by Tangerine Dream, Rush, Vince Clarke, and The Grid.

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12 Visitor comments
Rob Neal
January 23, 2013 @ 12:24 pm
@Jammy: The SH101 only has one VCO, the OB-1 has two. The Oberheim is vastly superior both in sound and functionality.
jammy
October 29, 2012 @ 8:51 pm
The OB-1 maybe similar in design to an SH-101 but it's much fatter sounding
paul mc guigan
January 22, 2012 @ 5:57 am
ive got an ob1 it needs a transformer ,anyone help?
William
November 17, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
Was obi wan kenobi named after this synth???
jammer
March 17, 2011 @ 8:02 pm
heavy presence of triggered OB-1(serial#13) as well as Steiner-Parker Synthacon featured on insainly obscure and out of print Solid Eye CD from 1999 "Fruits of Automation" co-produced by Tom Grimley at Poop Alley Studio. all analog electronics routed through various amps and drivers/cabinets, mic'ed and recorded on tascam 16 track along with metered tape loops. this record(ing) has been compaired to Black Dice's practice of recording electronics acoustically.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCOs
  • LFO - LFO (Square, Sine, Sample+Hold) w/ delay, rate control
  • Filter - 2-pole or 4-pole w/ Cutoff, resonance, key track and cutoff can be driven by LFO or ADSR envelope
  • VCA - Standard ADSR envelope
  • Keyboard - 32 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - NO
  • Control - CV / Gate
  • Date Produced - mk1 - 1978
    mk2 - 1979

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