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Oberheim OB-6  ·  Source:


Back at NAMM in January we reported on this instantly legendary collaboration between two veterans of the industry Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim (click here for the full story). Well, the result of that coupling is the OB-6 and it’s started shipping. So if you have USD $3000 to spare and fancy some new/old sounds with a classic heritage then now is the time to splash the cash.


The OB-6 is inspired by Tom’s original 4- and 8-voice SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module) to provide a vintage tone that’s then mangled through some more modern synthesizer technology. The look of the OB-6 is very classic – familiar and yet intriguing enough to make you pause when browsing a music shop and want to play. Its all-analogue signal path brings together two discrete voltage-controller oscillators and a sub per voice with continuously variable waveshapes. It then runs through a classic state-variable filter to give it that SEM edge. The dual effects channels and X-Mod modulation engine expand the tonal palette and the polyphony step sequencer and arpeggiator completes the package.

It’s a lot of synth with a fabulous pedigree and they are rolling off their San Fransico production line and on their way to the usual outlets. Now is the time to start calling your local music shop to see if they’ll have one on demo.


Retail is set at USD $2999 in the USA and around GBP £2534 and EUR €3279 in the UK and Europe.

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