MATRIXSYNTH: Synth Pioneers - Update: A New Synth by Tom Oberheim?

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Synth Pioneers - Update: A New Synth by Tom Oberheim?

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"Tom Oberheim, Oberheim
Dave Smith, Sequential Circuits, Dave Smith Instruments
Don Buchla, Buchla & Associates
Roger Linn, Linn Electronics, Roger Linn Designs"
Note the MoPho. This shot is recent - from AES 2008. You have to wonder what Tom Oberheim is thinking. Anyone think he'll join the fray and do something new in the synth world?

Update via yotsuba&! in the comments:
"i talked to Tom Oberheim- he's currently in the process of remaking the SEM module- just like the original, not digital, not midi, etc. i thought that would make it in the title, i took the picture this afternoon! it'll likely be released as a brand with something like "Tom Oberheim" since he can't use the name Oberheim alone. we talked about Xpander maintenance, incidentally."

Update via yotsuba&!
"it's true! it'll be noted in the electronic music magazines since there were journalists in the crowd and the AES panel was moderated by Electronic Musician."

A new Oberheim SEM.

Update: see New SEM from Tom Oberheim for all the details.

11 comments:

  1. Tom is probably proud that his Marion synth is living on in Daves Prophet!

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  2. An updated Xpander would be nice. Great synth.

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  3. i talked to Tom Oberheim- he's currently in the process of remaking the SEM module- just like the original, not digital, not midi, etc. i thought that would make it in the title, i took the picture this afternoon! it'll likely be released as a brand with something like "Tom Oberheim" since he can't use the name Oberheim alone.

    we talked about Xpander maintenance, incidentally.

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  4. yotsuba&! you must be kidding, right???

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  5. it's true! it'll be noted in the electronic music magazines since there were journalists in the crowd and the AES panel was moderated by Electronic Musician.

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  6. Remaking the SEM? Unless he has all NOS parts, it'll probably sound no better than the Semblance or Semtex. I can't wait for all the Voyager vs. MM type arguements.

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  7. Just to be sure it was yotsuba&! commenting here, and not someone pulling our chain, I sent yotsuba&! a private flickr message and he replied. Unless he is playing a sadistic game on us, this is real folks. :) A new Oberheim is coming.

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  8. Please tell me it's going to be eurorack or at least standalone!
    I loved the Analogue Solutions' SEM clone, waiting forward for future updates.

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  9. ... yes, the result of a long collaborative effort, the new Oberheim-Bahn Sage will be shipping soon. :-)

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  10. He could probably use SMT for non-critical components and save a bunch of money (and sound better) but people would freak out from looking at it.

    I would too, until someone explained that through-hole and SMT components are the same inside these days! The actual resistive or capacitive element is identical, it's just in a bigger case.

    Sorry for the off-topic. This sounds like a killer product. I love all the SEM on Recoil albums.

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  11. Hello all,

    My name is Jay aka Coppo and I am arranging the workshop for Mr Oberheim on June 3rd in Boston for the Red Bull Music Academy. I just wanted to mention that when I spoke with Tom yesterday he did mention that he would be bringing a new synth he was working on. Looking forward to June 3rd!

    coppo@redbullmusicacademy.com

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