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
October 9, 2011 @ 9:37 am
Hello Forum,

I've bought this ob12 3days ago, 2nd hand. But for this price i couldn't let this baby to stay.. so i bought it. And im very happy with this investment. i've noticed i few presets that i wanted to remove. i initialized a.001 to a.001 and nothing happened.. so i thought lets initialize a.001 to b.128 and ... ive lost all of my presets.. now im seeking online and ive found some articles regarding an update.. but no where i cant find the right way to do it.. i dont want to mess this up, i was hoping maybe one of you could help? Kind Regards,

October 5, 2011 @ 5:56 am
Du u sell that? 'Cos I wana bay it.
mshzr 0083
September 15, 2011 @ 4:30 pm
@Phil Quinton

Sorry man... but it might not be the synth's fault. I bought mine for 500€ around April2011 or so.. I would have paid twice easily. This synth is amazing. Period.

Check out Jexus vid. He's a great progammer but his patches do have a very musical approach. If you explore it more on the sound designing side and improv' capabilities, you'll have an orgasm. Or several.
September 8, 2011 @ 8:34 pm
@goldigin theres a link in Italiano to study about this synth but exploring it without help would be more fun... keep up! : )
August 30, 2011 @ 12:42 pm
I was able to find a guy in the KVR forum who sent me their patch editor. WOW. that program ir amazing, simulates the ob12 panel and whenever i change something from the pc or from the machine, the other updates, simple for organizing patch etc. however, i am trying to set up a blog about this blue cutie, cause every other site was removed or abandoned. so, mr audiophonic if you could give me some programming advice, or have some patch you would share, please contact me at jack.monegato@hotmail.it
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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