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
Tim Lloydsmith
March 31, 2013 @ 4:02 am
Criminally underrated. Reminds me of the JP8000, but with even better ergonomics. Latest OS fixes most bugs, improved the presets - these spring to life with a few judicious tweaks. No major issues on first acquaintance. Don't compare with analog, get in and program the hell out if it. Capable of unique thin AND fat sounds - morph functionality makes for some mad results. Stylish & very solidly built. Manual OK but where is the patch list? Having to list before editing. My only gripe - not much memory. A real sleeper, grab one before the prices rise.
zoran calic
March 28, 2013 @ 3:33 pm
@gaza, if you say that jupiter8 and other old synth "were garbage, unreliable drifty, heavy, polyphony starved rubbish", than you know nothing.I have jp8, minimoog, prophet5, pro1...and it is not possible to compare those synth with today soft synth. You can not make deep bass on soft synth, like forexample on jp8.it would be like you look on postcard with sea and you think it is the same like you are there by your own. if somebody like distortion, you can make it without synth. but fat and real sound, that you can feel is here in front of you...sorry,no soft synth. (sorry for my bad english
Matrix 6
March 19, 2013 @ 2:02 am
Not much better than a soft-synth with a good controller, maybe a little more portable, and the O/S was buggy. Sad how many try to take advantage of an established product by slapping the name on a inferior product. Then you get a bunch of "Snake-oil salesmen" claiming pedigree deceiving the uninitiated by claiming there's no real difference. These same wackos will tell you a Stradivarius is just a piece of old wet wood and a plastic controller sounds just as good. If you are gonna go virtual spend your money on a better computer and VST's.
March 15, 2013 @ 11:11 pm
@Gazza...you wrote the best comment i ever read.We all love the vintage warm sound but we love also the digital to analog freak emulation/modulations...-I played lot of synths,from retro to V/A... Ob12 is a chaotic instrument.Ive owned Access,waldorf's,Doepfer,Rolands & many more: Ob12 filter normaly screams like a creature- Im afraid of loosing my ear accustics when performing FM on headphones with Ob12.Im in love with this & never sell !! viva amigos!
Marco Pezzola
February 1, 2013 @ 7:06 pm
Sono stato tra i primi in italia ad averlo appena uscì sul mercato dopo averlo provato in fiera. Beh,dopo 13 anni è ancora lì nel mio set. Un synth davvero eccezionale e sottovalutato dalla pubblicità e dalle mode. Non riesco a staccarmi dai suoi suoni,che tuttora uso rimaneggiandoli di volta in volta. Certamente non è paragonabile ai padri del passato,ma il suono Oberheim si sente eccome. E' un peccato vederlo così poco nei palchi e negli studi. Penso che ci voglia un super synth per potermene disfare,ma la vedo dura.......
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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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