Oberheim Returns With The OB-X8

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  • twonabomber
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    • Jan 2004
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    Oberheim Returns With The OB-X8

    8-voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer with 2 SEM/OB-X-lineage VCOs Per Voice, SEM-lineage VCFs, Curtis Filters, 61-key FATAR Velocity-/Touch-sensitive Keyboard, OLED Display, and 400+ Presets

    All analog signal path. "By combining all the primary features of the OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 models, the OB-X8 contains a selection of the most unforgettable and iconic synth sounds of the '80s, complete with individual filter types and all the presets that made each a standout instrument."

    $5k, shipping in June.

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  • twonabomber
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    #2
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    • twonabomber
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      #3
      Good thing I just paid off my Roland Jupiter X damn Sweetwater and their 48 month financing!
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      • Nitro Express
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        • Aug 2004
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        #4
        It's 1984 again. Play now pay later. You will get a keyboard and some candy.
        No! You can't have the keys to the wine cellar!

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        • Seshmeister
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          #5
          Originally posted by twonabomber
          $5k, shipping in June.
          I had no idea synths still cost $5k.

          Surely there is an emulator you can put on a laptop and then just attach a MIDI keyboard to for a fraction of that?

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          • twonabomber
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            #6
            Sure. That OB-X is a good emulator.

            Might be a good investment. Wouldn't be gigged and beat up. Who knows.

            I'm still getting into the Jupiter X and a couple other things I picked up. Stupid busy with everything else right now.
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            • twonabomber
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              #7
              Originally posted by Seshmeister
              I had no idea synths still cost $5k.
              Jupiter X was half that and they put the fucking four years same as cash on it lol. That was my birthday present to myself last year. I went with a vintage piece after my junkie friend moved out in 2020.

              I paid off that X on my Sweetwater card and two weeks later my "sales engineer" sends me a note reminding me that my card is empty and burning a hole in my pocket. I've been good so far. Saw the Juno X but it didn't do much for me.

              The Sequential/Oberheim OB-6 is $3500 but only six voices. I guess Sequential and Oberheim are part of Focusrite now. Gibson had bought Oberheim in the late 80's but didn't really do the company any favors.
              Last edited by twonabomber; 05-13-2022, 07:55 PM.
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              • twonabomber
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                #8
                OB-X8 out and shipping and hasn't seen a price decrease yet. Sweetwater has $300 in "bonus bucks" toward a future purchase but $4600 is still a little much. I could buy another Jeep for that much!

                I upgraded to OP-X Pro II for $80. Only a six voice VST but multiples can be run.
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                • twonabomber
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                  #9
                  Sweetwater is up to $700 in bonus bucks. $4300 is still a lot. Summer hobbies starting soon, I wouldn't play it until fall.
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                  • Seshmeister
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                    • Oct 2003
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                    #10
                    Back when I dabbled in these things they really used up a lot of time playing around with sounds. Would be good if you were giving up booze or smoking and wanted to take you mind off it but I guess video games do that a lot cheaper.

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                    • twonabomber
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                      #11
                      I don't do video games. I only turn on the PS4 to watch the Mandalorian

                      I did pick up the Arturia V Collection 9. Registered some Arturia hardware I previously purchased (MiniBrute, Keystep, and RackBrute) and got 50% off. There's an Oberheim on there too. I have been playing with the Casio CZ emulator and the Fairlight one.
                      Last edited by twonabomber; 04-25-2023, 07:50 PM.
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                      • Seshmeister
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                        #12
                        I spent 2 years trying to get good sounds out of Casio CZs around 1987/8 because that's all I could afford I don't know why you would go there now.

                        Running 2 together I could get something acceptable but as I remember they were 4 note Poly which is not good.

                        Off topic I think Andor has maybe made the latest Mandalorian a lot less good by showing how it should be done.

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                        • twonabomber
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                          #13
                          The flagship CZ-1 is eight voices. Found one cheap locally a few years ago. The Arturia stuff lets you go up to 16 voices (I think) but puts more of a load on the processor.

                          I had a CZ-230S and found the sysex patch files online. They load into the CZ emulator. You're right, they weren't very good but it was nice to revisit them.
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                          • Seshmeister
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                            #14
                            At the time I was wanting lush strings, choirs and brass stabs and could only get ok strings at best. Couldn't afford anything better so made me go from keyboards/rhythm guitar to just guitar.

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                            • twonabomber
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                              #15
                              I used the 230S for strings until I got my Roland S-50 and then used those strings on everything.

                              Basses are okay. There was a distorted guitar patch I'd use in a pinch.

                              There's some creative patches on the Arturia thing. I don't remember if there's a demo. Some other small software developer made an emulator too.
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