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
May 20, 2012 @ 4:26 pm
jh. Thank you! You were right! Eventhough I dont have any midi hooked up to it, it was still using external midi. Hmm seems like an easy bug fix. I just gotta find out how to update this thing. I have the files and midi. Just cant get it to work. Excellent synth for unique sounds. ANALOG IS GREAT!!! Dont expect to master easily. Its very deep and complicated. Lots of menu's, settings, etc.
April 12, 2012 @ 10:55 am
in the studio, this thing proves to be a chick magnet - musicianship aside for a sec, it is for sure supercool looking ;)
March 7, 2012 @ 2:34 pm
This synth is probably one of the most loved/hated synths in existance. That aside it actually sounds better than MOST Oberheims IMO. The sheer amount of knobs,sliders, and bottons on this synth is amazing. I've made some of the sickest craziest sounding sounds with this thing its just the bomb. I owned a Matrix-12 for many years and sold it and actually prefer the OB12, blasphemy ya ya I know! The biggest issue with this synth is that the screens pretty much all die so if you have an original screen expect to replace it they sell good replacements at www.futurlec.com for about $70.
February 4, 2012 @ 11:16 am
Just bought one of these, it is a fantastic synth. Very happy with it. I bought it after someone told me that they had used one for creating crazy unusual sounds. They came round a few days ago and ad some mental stuff going in no time. I've checked the arp, and all other quirks of heard bad things about, and this unit is a1 / tiptop! It's a keeper! I paid £600 with original manual and it is mint...
January 30, 2012 @ 3:43 pm
t.j.: had the same trouble with the arpeggiator; the problem was that it was being synced to MIDI RX clock. Switched it off from System->MIDI sync->RX clock->Arpeggio=OFF, and it started working.
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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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