MATRIXSYNTH: Oberheim OB-12


Saturday, April 22, 2023

Oberheim OB-12

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"In the 1990s, OBERHEIM hooked up with Viscount (Italy), the result being the OB-12. On release, basically, it bombed. ..it was SO different from the original OB family..it was over-priced...was not "instant" to use...manual could have been better...marketing was poor.....so that was that..........

Time passed, and now the synth is being accepted for what it is.....a rather amazing virtual digital/analogue instrument, with many features way ahead of its time.

Here are basic specs:- 256 memory slots - all programmable ~ each "patch" can comprise of up to four parts (split/zoned/stacked etc) each a single timbre ~ 12-voice polyphonic ~ 49 keys with velocity and aftertouch ~ multi FX ~ arpeggios ~ ring-mod ~ noise ~ mod + pitch wheels~polyglide~ribbon controller~phrase recorder~motion recorder~morphing function~midi~stereo ~ wonderful display that changes in real-time as editing is active. .Lots of obvious knobs to twiddle, so instant tweaking is encouraged...All presented in a stunning blue-paneled format, in a steel box with sturdy end cheeks. FULL 244-page (copy) owner's manual is supplied; which is actually quite informative..you will need this to grasp what this synth is capable off...check out YouTube and other videos.....there are some fat sounds achievable......"

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