MATRIXSYNTH: Oberheim OB-8 with DSX Sequencer w/ Docs

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Oberheim OB-8 with DSX Sequencer w/ Docs

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"I have been obsessive about gathering complete documentation for my OB8, keeping it in top condition, and leveraging all of its flexibility and features. There is no reproduction synth that gets at the sound and character of the real thing. So, in support of this instrument, the OB8 comes with a hard case (the case is attributed to Loren Jones of “Sweet Tommy” fame…), six (6) CEM 3340 VCO chips (that’s three voices worth), one (1) DSX Sequencer with ElectronGate memory expansion, one (1) DSX for parts (keep in mind that the panel switches have some interchangeability with the OB8), two (2) OB8 to DSX connector cables, operator manuals, service literature, and other helpful guidance documents. It is up to date with B5 software. This OB8 has a j-wire keybed, which is a lot easier to maintain, and Oberheim MIDI implementation.

Aesthetically, the OB8 is in outstanding condition and has the Page 2 silk screened on the panel. There are surface scratches on the main panel and pitch/mod panel. The wood endbells have a few more holes in it; this from a previous owner. The high D key was repaired. See pictures.

The DSX is really cool. The learning curve is high, but the payoff is quite rewarding. You can sequence the OB8 directly, but the DSX has 8 CV/Gate outputs to simultaneously drive and sequence a bunch of monosynths. Yes, it’s very constrained interfacing, as the DSX is the master sequencer for the OB8, but with the appearance of software like DSXHack (), the gap is narrowed between MIDI and Oberheim Music Performance system. This is hardcore flexibility. There is a certain aesthetic that comes out of using this technology to its fullest, and definitely pushed my music to give it an authentically-1980s flair."

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