Oberheim OB-X8, a synth developer talk with Marcus Ryle

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A developer talk from Superbooth 22 with Marcus Ryle about the Oberheim company comeback and the new OB-X8 polyphonic analog Synthesizer. 

After a lot of teasing, and leaks, the Oberheim OB-X8 finally stood as a big public premiere at Superbooth 22. A Synthesizer that drew attention.No wonder it’s the first 100% Oberheim poly analog Synthesizer in many years. And what can I say: a stunning-sounding classic analog poly Synthesizer with a lot of vintage charm.

At a trade show like Superbooth, there are many of the same sale pitch videos that talk about features, price, and availability. I decided to do it differently. More precisely, in the form of a developer talk with one of the main personalities of the Oberheim reboot, Marcus Ryle.

Oberheim OB-X8 developer interview

The Oberheim OB-X8 developer talk is about the company, the development, and what makes it so difficult to reproduce the original sound in modern. And one thing in advance: the simple cloning of the circuits does not automatically turn a Synthesizer into an Oberheim synth. There’s a lot more to consider.

Oberheim OB-X8

You can get a full overview of the features in the leak article or here in a summary.

  • 8 voice bi-timbral polyphonic analog Synthesizer
  • 2 discrete SEM/OB-X-lineage VCO per voice (sine, saw, square, triangle, noise) with variable triangle wave cross-modulations
  • discrete SEM-lineage VCFs with a new SEM filter mode giving you high pass, band pass, and notch to the classic OB-X filter
  • Curtis filters for the OB-Xa and OB-8
  • two envelopes meticulously modeled after OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8
  • vintage knob for adding variable amounts of voice-to-voice variability to emulate the behavior of vintage instruments.
  • programmable per-voice pan for a wider stereo presence
  • two presets simultaneously with splits and doubles
  • enhanced unison with voice stacking up to 8 voices

  • 61-key FATAR keybed with velocity (volume/filter) and channel-aftertouch
  • built-in arpeggiator
  • Oberheim classic pitch and mod levers on the left side for expressive note bending, vibrato, and access to arpeggiator functions
  • stereo and mono outputs
  • inputs for sustain, volume, and filter
  • MIDI on classic 5-pin sockets and USB
  • integral, fanless, heating-free power supply
  • real walnut end cheeks
  • OLED display

Oberheim OB-X8 will be available in June 2022 for 5599€.

More information here: Oberheim

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