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
December 19, 2008 @ 3:51 am
Viscount still support this very well, they will send you the factory patches/firmware if you need it
Bob Weigel
November 25, 2008 @ 7:40 pm
Does anyone know where to get factory patches? I can't find a thing with google. ALso the official page is just some dumb pointer page now with nothing but stupid ads on it. I don't see a way to report bad links anymore! -Bob
October 28, 2008 @ 10:24 am
I have the OB-12 and it will forever be a fixture in my studio. The presets are fantastic as bass sounds, leads and pads, but the real fun and power of this thing is the incredible amount of control. With complete control over the 2 oscillators, waveforms, portamento, filters, etc., you can conjure just about any sound you want out of this thing. The arpeggiator is phenomenal and when you combine it with the tempo, portamento and filters you can get some crazy R2-D2 sounds out of it. I can't rave enough about this thing.
October 22, 2008 @ 9:59 am
A great classic machine, needs to be one of your golden oldies in your line-up. Life a can make 4 splits with 4 different sound-sets to play complex themes. Love it to turn all knobs life. Robust machine.
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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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