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    Dave Smith Instruments OB-6

    Want to play Jump on a modern Oberheim? Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim collaborated on a new OB synth. It'll cost you $3k though...

    The OB-6 is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between two of the most influential synth designers in history ó Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim. Itís an all-analog, 6-voice poly synth with voltage-controlled oscillators, a state-variable filter, and voltage-controlled amplifiers, inspired by Tomís original SEM design ó the bedrock of his legendary 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers.

    Manufactured and sold by Dave Smith Instruments, the OB-6 features six discrete analog voices with two oscillators (plus sub oscillator) per voice, continuously variable waveshapes with triangle, sawtooth, and variable-width pulse waves, X-mod with 2 sources and 5 destination, a 64-step polyphonic step sequencer, dual digital effects that include faithful recreations of Tomís acclaimed phase shifter and ring , a full-featured arpeggiator, and a powerful, in-your-face, sonic signature like no other instrument.

    This analog is packed into a four-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, making it perfect for stage or studio.



    Dave Smith Instruments is excited to announce the OB-6, a new 6-voice synthesizer with an all-analog signal path and discrete VCOs and filters developed in collaboration with Tom Oberheim. Boasting a sound engine inspired by Oberheimís original SEM (the core of his acclaimed 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers), the new instrument is designed to provide true, vintage SEM tone with the stability and flexibility of modern technology.

    Said Dave Smith: ďTom and I have been friends and friendly competitors since the late 1970ís. Back in the day, people were typically in either the Prophet or the Oberheim camp. Now, with the Prophet-6 out and doing so well, we thought it would be fun to combine our strengths and bring back Tomís classic polyphonic sound, too ó in a modern format.Ē Added Tom Oberheim: ďA lot of people, myself included, have always felt that the SEMs had a certain uniquely big, organic sound unlike anything else. Working with Dave to make that sound widely available again with some modern touches and full programmability has been real a pleasure.Ē

    The OB-6 features two discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) per voice, with continuously variable waveshapes (sawtooth and variable-width pulse, with triangle on oscillator 2). There is a classic SEM-inspired state-variable filter (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and notch) per voice. Voltage-controlled amplifiers complete the all-analog signal path. ďThe classic, bold SEM sound is all there,Ē said Oberheim.

    Present also is X-Mod, with filter envelope and oscillator 2 as modulation sources (with bi-polar control). Destinations include oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 1 shape, oscillator 1 pulse width, filter cutoff, and filter mode. The knob-per-function front panel puts virtually all parameters at a userís fingertips. Toggling on the Manual switch enables live panel mode, in which the OB-6 switches to the current settings of its knobs and switches.

    A dual effects section provides studio-quality reverbs, delays (including standard and BBD), chorus, and faithful recreations of Tom Oberheimís acclaimed phase shifter and ring modulator. The effects are digital, with 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution, but a true bypass maintains a full analog signal path. Additionally, the OB-6 features a multimode arpeggiator and a polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps (and up to 6 notes per step) plus rests. It allows polyphonic keyboard input and can sync to external MIDI clock.

    The full-size, four-octave, semi-weighted keyboard is velocity and aftertouch sensitive. Said Dave Smith, ďAs with the Prophet-6, we made size a primary concern on the OB-6. Itís the right mix of power and portability and it fits right in on-stage or in the studio.Ē Added Oberheim, ďAnd of course, itís got that unmistakable SEM sound thatís going to turn a lot of heads. Ē

    The OB-6 is manufactured and sold by Dave Smith Instruments. It will be available in March, with a US MAP of $2,999.
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    Big warm analog!


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    $3k when people just download plugins for their PC these days for nothing?

    I guess it's for expensive studios.
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    Sonic Projects makes OP-X, which gets pretty close to the old Oberheim sound, Not free though.


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    OP-X has a whole bank of "famous" patches


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    OB-6 comes out in March, there will be used ones all over eBay by the end of the year. I'll wait for those.

    Guy at a little shop up on the main drag says he has a Prophet 5 that he inherited and that he wasn't really a keyboard guy and might be looking to move it. Restored P5's are stooooopid expensive, if I could get it for around a grand I may be interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twonabomber View Post
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    Hah it's like a 1980s machine!

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    The Queen stuff is unreal. One if those demos has the intro to Radio Gaga and it just sounds so good!

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    I'm confused, I always thought the solo on 'I want to break free' was a guitar?

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    I did, too, but they fucking nailed it with the plugin.

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