Oberheim OB-12

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Move out of the way everyone because the Big-Boys are back in town! Oberheim is back with their first analog-emulation professional synthesizer. This blue beauty is supposed to recreate and emulate the classic sounds and tone of the original Oberheim analog filters. The OB-12 is a 12 voice synth with 4-part physical modeling synthesis. Loads of real-time knobs (22), sliders (24), and buttons (33) with a traditional layout give you fast hands-on access and control of most parameters. Extra hands-on goodies include a ribbon controller, pitch bend and modulation wheel.

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Aside from great analog sounds, the OB-12 has an amazing set of hi-tech features! The OB-12 features a high quality LCD display that actually draws out all of the parameters you are changing. There are on board 5-band graphic & parametric EQ, ADSR's with delay time and double decay. An addictive Motion Recorder and manual or auto oscillator morphing for animated sounds or effects. Phrase Recorders and Arpeggiators with Independent tempo controls and 5 dedicated buttons are on-board with plenty of features and are MIDI syncable. There is also an extensive effects section that give you reverbs, delays, chorus and lots of overdrive algorithms. You'll also find digital SPDIF outputs, analog outputs, and MIDI in/out and thru.

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69 Visitor comments
January 29, 2014 @ 6:58 am
Anyone looking for another demo of this synth, check out Kastunori Ujiie:

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January 12, 2014 @ 7:51 pm
If buying latest OS is a MUST - http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/apr02/articles/oberheimob12.asp & see previous article (link in text).

Truly awesome synth, bad reviews ALL relate to early OS. OSC1 is extremely similar to the Microbrute's but digital & TRI can be wrapped but not modulated. Useful & rather good filter if used correctly.

Can create sounds not possible on any other synth. Sounds range from acceptable acoustic piano to Elka Synthex and an awesome range of FX using modulating delay, ring mod plus various modes of overdrive.

This one is a keeper...
December 4, 2013 @ 6:55 am
I've been wary about getting one of these for a while (bad reviews, bugs, OS update bricking etc.). Just got one from ebay £399.00 - No LCD problems and in great condition, except one key wasn't working (now sorted). I took a risk and updated the OS to 1.52 with no problems.

I've coaxed some very impressive Elka Synthex type sounds out of it (think JM Jarre circa 1986) which is good enough for me.

I certainly won't be reselling it any time soon.
September 11, 2013 @ 10:56 am
wow! selling now in the mid to high $900's used! these were selling new I think for $500
September 5, 2013 @ 6:42 am
Don't (like out of habit) compare it to all the other [beep] . Like many synths it's UNIQUE, maybe not so much soundwise, but surely experience-wise. I myself don't really give a rat's [beep] if this is a "rEaL" Oberheim or "only" a Viscount (which is "Italian"), because either way it's an uber-cool synth. "jexus"
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 12 voices (Dynamic allocation + User Voice reserve)
  • Oscillators - 2 per voice w/ noise & ring modulator (Sawtooth, Triangle & Square w/ WaveMix and FM)
  • LFO - Sawtooth, Triangle, Square, S&H noise
  • Filter - 2 multimode filters with Lowpass, Hipass, Bandpass, and Flat with serial/parallel configurations and up to 24 dB/octave slope.
  • Effects - Overdrive, Chorus, Delay, Reverb
  • Keyboard - 49 Keys (Velocity and aftertouch)
  • Memory - 256 user programs, 256 user timbres
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 2000
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