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 22, 2012 @ 5:04 pm
Great synth.
Childish comments from the analogue versus virtual-analogue crowd.
As if it matters what's making the sound, as long as it's great.
I don't care whether it's a full NED Synclavier system or a tin-can.Probably one of the childish people who think that crappy old synths are better than new ones.
Well, I can tell you this, I was around when the likes of the mono-synths and Jupiter 8's of this world were new, they were garbage, unreliable drifty, heavy, polyphony starved rubbish.
And if your paying thousands for these old wrecks then you're a slave to fashion.
Simple as.
December 14, 2012 @ 2:47 am
One of the best and extraordinary synths around. It´s fine for analog-sounding Stringpads, great arpeggiator and classic leadsounds, also you can get some crazy effect- and sci-fi-sounds with it. You can´t compare to any other synth i have heard. I use it more than my Matrix 12, it sounds almost right in the mix because of the useable intern eq´s. But the best is the controlling and the wonderful looking panel. It´s really a beauty and can also be a beast.
November 15, 2012 @ 8:45 am
Seriously, fake analog from a fake oberheim gets 5 stars! That's it I quit, stop the planet, let me off I'll walk from here.
July 17, 2012 @ 11:10 pm
What a great machine. After being stupid many years ago and selling my Mini Moog and mellotron, I walk into a pawn shop and their sits an OB12 that looked brand new for 300 bucks....YES I bought it. When I asked for the case the lady said.."oh that was an anvil looking case and a man that bought two rifles I gave it to him to carry his guns". Can anyone say KMN!!!!!!!! Great syn
Louis Backer
June 5, 2012 @ 2:03 pm
It is a strange and demanding beast and initially flicking through presets, it didn't impress as I'd hoped given the tenuous name link. Despite over 30 years of synthesizer and Fairlight use I too perhaps like so many others, have become lazy in a heady haze of preset and VST frenzy. However, today, after around two months of ownership, sound fell out of it which made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The filter-envelope sections when combined with ring mod does something startling which I've not achieved with my OB8. It was like a polyphony of Minimoogs. Persevere, not presume.
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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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