MATRIXSYNTH: Oberheim OB-8 Tutorial

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Oberheim OB-8 Tutorial


Published on Mar 26, 2019 Resurrection Studios

Overview starts at 4:17. Samples of songs featuring the OB-8 until then. Van Halen's Jump after the overview was an OB-Xa, Rush's Tom Sawyer wasn't an OB-8, so take the examples with a grain of salt.

"This is our Oberheim OB-8 analog synthesizer. I made 3 parts in this video. The first shows pictures of the features and plays music recorded with this actual synthesizer. The second is a live video explaining how an analog synth works, and we do all the tests and play the keyboard. The last part is pictures of the accessories, and music recorded by National Artists with an OB-8."


via this auction, also on Reverb.

"We have owned this OB-8 for over 20 years. It has been kept in our smoke-free studio and is in mint condition! This unit was built in February of 1983. The factory MIDI was in the rear of the synthesizer. The side panel MIDI inputs (as on some others) were the retrofits. I included the page of the user manual which explains this (see pics). We recently sent the synthesizer to Jeff from The Analog Lab, who is the most famous and trusted synth tech in the country. We replaced all of the key contacts, so that the keys and action feel new, and Jeff went through the entire synthesizer and made sure that every single function and control worked, and were tuned to factory calibration settings. We have the receipts for this also. After finishing testing everything, Jeff told me that this is the nicest and warmest Oberheim synthesizer he has ever played, and he has played them all!

This OB-8 has been extremely well cared for. It includes a full flight case / road case, a CD with the factory sounds (brain) and custom user banks all included on the CD (all operating instructions are detailed in the User Manual), both the User Manual and the Service Manual are included, along with a mini cable and adapter to run from the headphone jack of a CD player or laptop, into the interface on the synthesizer for loading and backup storage of program memories. We included pictures of everything, including the inside of the unit so you can see how clean it is :)

There are very few mint condition analog powerhouses like this left. This OB-8 is the grand-daddy of them all. This is NOT something you'll see sitting on boxes in some damp basement needing repair (like other ads I've seen in the past, and it is not on the other side of the world - if you're in North America). To prove what we say is true, I am including a link to a Youtube video where we demo and play this exact synthesizer for you, so you can see that it is everything that we say it is!"

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