MATRIXSYNTH: Oberheim OB-12 SN 0552704

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Oberheim OB-12 SN 0552704

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"Brilliant synth, as long as you don't expect it to be an OB-XA.....Instead, it has to be considered for what it is: a Virtual Analog with a whole lot of possibilities. Strong points are it's pads, basses and particularly it's weirdo sounds. Viscount have really good VA technonlogy, just look at their organs and more recently their acoustic and electric piano simulations. Real-time performance accessoiries are great: phrase recorder, arp, motion recorder and the ribbon controller which alows you to control 2 parameters at a time. Important: the hold function of the ribbon controller actually works on this instrument. Most OB-12's have a none working hold function.
This synth got a lot of negative critics and opinions when it came out, because people expected an Oberheim OB series...which it isn't. It has a personality of it's own, very organic and that is why they are starting to be highly thought of. It is, IMHO, also one of the most beautiful synths ever made. Moreover, there were not a lot of them manufactured..."

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