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Oberheim OB-X8

"After playing the OB-X8, I'm convinced I need it. It's a true Oberheim, a great instrument, and a part of synth history" - Michael Stein (Composer, 'Stranger Things')

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    Product Description

    Oberheim have returned with the OB-X8 - a premium analogue synth featuring the very same sonic character as various classic models from their past. 

    Key Features 

    • Premium Fatar Keyboard (with velocity and aftertouch sensitivity)
    • All-analogue signal path 
    • Use classic OB-series factory sounds and new ones made by leading sound-designers
    • Clear, streamlined set of controls 
    • Utilise three contrasting voice architectures from the OB-Xa, OB-X and OB-8
    • 'Page 2' functions (plus new ones made especially for 2022)

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    Hands-on Design 

    The building blocks of your sounds will be created using a premium-grade Fatar keyboard bolstered with aftertouch and velocity sensitivity. 

    100% Analogue 

    Harness an entirely analogue signal path made famous by legendary songs like Tom Sawyer (Rush), Jump (Van Halen), and experience rich, warm and punchy tones with every single performance.  

    Intuitive engineering has allowed Oberheim to squeeze in the three unique voice architectures that are present on the OB-Xa, OB-X and OB-8 respectively. All three have been meticulously recreated to deliver the same filter types and sonic characteristics as the originals! Using these three voices, mix parts of each together to generate entirely fresh noises that simply couldn't be made with the classic models. 

    Sensational Sound-Design 

    Oberheim's collective of professional sound designers have built a library of cutting-edge new sounds for you to experiment with. These join the host of iconic OB-series factory tones that you already know and love. 

    Not finding what you need sound-wise? Use the streamlined control panel to craft your own, save them, and recall each one at a moments notice. 

    Page 2 

    For those of you in the know, the words 'Page 2' are bound to elicit excitement. For the uninitiated, 'Page 2' settings were used to liberate the classic OB-8, OB-Xa and OB-X from its shackles and allowed you to utilise their full potential. 

    The entirety of the 'Page 2' functions that you remember are included here - along with some entirely new ones created especially for the OB-X8! Access over 40 detailed control options, from LFO keyboard tracking and mod delay time, to per-voice panning and extra SEM filter modes. 

    Artist Testimonials: 

    "After playing the OB-X8, I'm convinced I need it. It's a true Oberheim, a great instrument, and a part of synth history". Michael Stein (Composer, 'Stranger Things') 

    "I was immediately impressed with the forensic level of detail that went into the OB-X8 design and the respect for its lineage". Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)

    “My reaction to the OB-X8 was one of sheer joy. That sound was back and covers every filter type Oberheim ever employed.” Steve Porcaro (Toto)

    Specifications

    Hardware

    • 8-voice polyphony with sine, saw, square, triangle, and noise
    • Two discrete SEM-lineage VCOs per voice deliver classic punchy Oberheim tone
    • Discrete SEM-lineage VCFs deliver authentic OB-X-style tone and presence
    • Genuine Curtis filters add bold OB-Xa/OB-8 character
    • Meticulously modeled envelope responses match each OB model: OB-X, Ob-Xa, and OB-8
    • The 61-key FATAR velocity- and touch-sensitive keyboard allows unparalleled expression and responsiveness
    • Bi-timbral capability allows two presets simultaneously for splits and doubles
    • 600-plus factory programs, including the full set of factory sounds for the OB-X, Ob-Xa, and OB-8
    • Integral fanless heatsink-free power supply
    • Real walnut end cheeks
    • High-resolution OLED display enables patch management and easy access to advanced features
    • Classic Oberheim Pitch and Mod levers allow expressive note bending, vibrato, and access to arpeggiator functions

    Enhancements

    • Additional SEM filter modes add high-pass, band-pass, and notch functions to the classic OB-X filter
    • Vintage knob allows variable amounts of voice-to-voice variability to emulate the behavior of vintage instruments 
    • Velocity sensitivity adds expressiveness to volume and filter 
    • Channel Aftertouch adds real-time performance-based modulation
    • Enhanced unison allows variable voice stacking from 1-8 voices
    • Adjustable pulse-width per oscillator enables richer and more animated timbres
    • Programmable per-voice pan allows wider stereo presence
    • Variable oscillator and noise levels
    • LFO keyboard tracking adds per-note variation in LFO speed

    Ins & Outs

    • L/R Stereo and Mono outputs
    • Volume, Sustain, Filter, and Arpeggiator pedal inputs
    • MIDI In, Out, Thru
    • USB

    Written by Will Brook-Jones

    Specifications
    Digital/Analogue
    Analogue
    Key Action
    Synth
    Key Size
    Full Size
    Number of Keys
    61
    Polyphony
    Polyphonic
    Maximum Polyphony
    8
    Keyboard Type
    FATAR, velocity and touch sensitive
    Trade Doubler Group ID
    13360
    Brand
    Oberheim
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