The Oberheim OB-X8 Analog Synthesizer is the return of the legendary synthesizer manufacturer, Tom Oberheim, after a 40-year hiatus. The OB-X8 continues the iconic OB-series’ legacy by combining elements from classic Oberheim synthesizers, including three different voice architectures borrowed from the Ob-X, Ob-Xa, and OB-8, as well as the unique filter types of each model.
Polyphony and Voice Architecture
The OB-X8 boasts 8-voice polyphony and is equipped with saw, square/pulse, triangle, and noise wave generators. It features two discrete VCOs per voice, providing the iconic Oberheim tonality that has been sought after by sound designers and music producers.
Keyboard and Expression Controls
At the heart of the OB-X8 is a 61-key FATAR keybed (velocity/touch sensitive), allowing for fluid playability and unparalleled expression. The pitch and mod levers provide added flexibility by allowing you to bend notes, add vibrato, and control the arpeggiator functions.
Vintage Knob and OLED Display
One of the unique features of the OB-X8 is the vintage knob, which emulates the sound and behavior of vintage instruments. Navigating between sounds, settings, and parameters is made easy with the high-resolution OLED display.
Analog Audio Path and Curtis Filters
The OB-X8 features a 100% analog signal path, providing the trademark punch and warmth of Oberheim synthesizers. It also includes iconic Curtis filters and SEM VCFs.
Multiple Oberheim Models in One
One of the exciting features of the OB-X8 is the inclusion of three different voice architectures from the Ob-X, Ob-Xa, and OB-8, allowing you to access the sounds and tonality of these iconic synthesizers. You can mix and blend between different models to create unique sounds.
Advanced Controls and Features
The OB-X8 expands on the original OB-8 design, featuring over 40 controls, including new SEM filter modes, per-voice panning, LFO keyboard tracking, and more. It also includes envelope inversion and independent pulse width control for advanced sound design options. The expression levers have been enhanced for the modern era, perfect for live performances and studio work.
Vintage Style Aesthetic and Connectivity
The OB-X8 has a sleek, vintage-style aesthetic, with retro-style wooden side panels and rotary controls and buttons. It is the first Oberheim synthesizer to feature USB connectivity, allowing for easy integration into computer-based music production. It also includes volume, sustain, and filter inputs, stereo/mono outputs, and MIDI I/O and thru connectivity.
Presets and Factory Sounds
The OB-X8 comes pre-loaded with over 400 presets, including factory sounds from the OB-X, OB-SX, Ob-Xa, and OB-8. There are over 600 user-programmable preset locations to choose from. The OB-X8 also has bi-timbral capabilities, allowing you to use two presets at once by splitting and doubling.