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Oberheim OB-12

VA Synth

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Oberheim OB-12
Oberheim OB-12
900.00 street price

Black (well, gray at least) page in the history of Oberheim. This synthesizer is difficult to associate with Oberheim, for which there are a number of reasons:

First, Tom Oberheim did not take any part in the development of this product.

Second, this is the only fully digital synthesizer that bears the name "Oberheim".

Third, OB-12 was designed and manufactured outside the United States. It was produced by the Italian company Viscount, which had previously produced electric organs.

Oberheim OB-12 was introduced on the market in 2000 costing almost $2000. It also featured a lot of bugs. At this point on the synthesizer market, Access Virus, Korg Triton, Novation Nova II, Waldorf Micro Q and Yamaha CS2x ruled the music world - OB-12 could not compete with them. In 2002, the shortcomings of the first release were corrected, bugs fixed and the price got almost twice lower.
OB-12 is a digital synthesizer built on the virtual analog technology. It has a 12-voice polyphony with the ability to layer up to four timbres per note, which would eat the polyphony up reducing it to three voices. Each voice has two virtual oscillators producing a saw, a triangle, or a meander. The possibility of frequency modulation (FM) is enabled.

Virtual modulatable LFO produces sawtooth, triangular and rectangular waveforms; sample-and-hold (S&H) signal and noise source are also available.

OB-12 kept the original implementation of the filter section. It is also virtual, but contains two multifunction filters (LP, HP, BP) that can work in parallel or in series. Each filter has a cutoff slope of 12 dB per octave, thus having them switched in series allows you to get a slope of 24 dB per octave.

The synthesizer included a block of digital effects: chorus, delay, overdrive, echo. A 5-band graphic equalizer, DADSR envelope generators, a phrase recorder and an arpeggiator are provided.

Country of origin / production: Italy

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Usage area
Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Archetype
Virtual Analog (VA) 
Polyphony
Voices12
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Oscillator Type Digital
Oscillators per voice2
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Square
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Tones256
User-defined Multitimbral256
Filter
Digital (DCF) 
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Band-pass Filter (BPF) 
Envelope Generator (EG)
Delay+ADSR 
Effects
Reverb 
Chorus 
Delay 
Distortion 
Equalizer
Parametric 
Bands5
Arpegiator/ Portamento
Arpegiator 
MIDI
General MIDI (GM) 
MIDI in/ out
IN 
OUT 
THRU 
Keys
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Aftertouch 
Size4
Number of Keys49
Display
Display type TFT
Color resolution Monochrome
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend Wheel 
Modulation Wheel 
Ribbon Controller1
Audio out
Stereo 
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)2
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Digital: coaxial1
Power
Voltage 100-230(250)V
Voltage 50-60Hz
Power Supply Built-in, internal
Dimensions
Height89 mm
Width915 mm
Depth381 mm
Weight17 kg
Case/ body
Metal&plastic 
Color
Blue 
Production start2000
Production end2005
Production ended

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