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
August 29, 2011 @ 6:48 pm
its so simple as all synths to program it. I was reading peoples bull-sh*t and got afraid to buy it.This Beast emulates lot of weird sounds which lot of synthesizers cant do.It owns its charakter which tripped out you to another abyssious sounds.Working on it,you'll see that nothing is limited,you have everything you need to make some Kaos sounding.Its a freak synth,its not for everyone and im happy with this :) Mine came Updated,Changed display to green and works perfectly.just GRAB IT!!
Phil Quinton
August 7, 2011 @ 5:29 pm
I bought mine in 2000. I paid £800 for it. I still don't know how to use it. I tried to sell it in 2002 but I couldn't get more than £300 for it so I kept it for decorative purposes. It is just a big ornamental MIDI keyboard. I really hate it.
July 5, 2011 @ 6:12 am
Love it. most people say you can't do fat moog-ish sound.. and so??? if you want moog, buy moog. i found one second-handed for 500€, i just had to update the OS and the magic came into my ears! tried to build some simple leads (a real moogish, from Impressioni di Settembre by PFM... a much simpler one, Kevin moore's I&W lead, some rush leads, from tom sawyer, the trees etc) and they sound simply GREAT. Only regret, the output DACs noise is too much high
June 23, 2011 @ 11:22 pm
I would pay about $300 for one, tops. They do not deserve the Oberheim name. The original OS for it was horrible, many had bad midi timing issues, others had bad LCD screen flashes, noisy arps, and weird noises.

Just too many other viable options out there to justify paying over $300 for this machine
May 9, 2011 @ 12:37 am
I bought mint condition one about $600 last Dec. Good synth for the money, but the interface is very confusing despite of its size.
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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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