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
September 4, 2013 @ 7:19 pm
Always check the LCD screen when buying one of these. another synth with heavy price manipulation on ebay. be careful if you're looking to buy, check AH mailing list and forums before risking ebay. watch out for shills, private feedback etc
August 30, 2013 @ 5:20 pm
...and, the presets only [beep] if your not a fan of sci-fi and horror. I love the presets! so the average joe must be bashing this killer machine!
August 26, 2013 @ 7:23 am
come on viscount! have a little confidence in yourself! you don't need the oberheim name brand to be great! your a killer great, cool synth on your own! and you do what you do well!!....now going up in price as well from $700 to high $900's. get one now!!
August 6, 2013 @ 4:23 pm
Hi, i got a OB-12 last week. Love the sound. It´s really a beast. Now i´m looking for the factory patch list. It´s not printed in the manual. I was reading, in the Yahoo OB-12 forum there is the patch list in the file section, but this forum seems to be dead. I register but no answer from the mod. So i can´t get it. Has anyone an idea to get the patch list? I would like to use the names in my Sequencer host (Logic, Multiinstruments), without typing by myself :-)

Thanks for any hints.

August 5, 2013 @ 5:54 pm
Arpeggiator is crap. Much too mcuh to slow. Attack has cracks when playing a key, filter distorted near to oscillation... even after latest OS update.

No, I tried love that machine, but we got divorced in the end. And it was a relief, even when I had it for several years, always fighting for its right to exist as a useful synth. It might be, but not for people who have kinda experience with proper instruments. Only fancy thing was the self-oscillating delay fx when getting up the feedback into never ending repeats - that's a funny gimmick, but not more.
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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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