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NAMM 2016: Dave Smith Instruments Team Up With Tom Oberheim On New OB-6 Analog Synthesizer
Dave Smith Instruments has collaborated with the legendary Tom Oberheim to produce a sound engine inspired by Oberheim%u2019s original SEM (the core of his acclaimed 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers), the new instrument is designed to provide true, vintage SEM tone with the stability and flexibility of modern technology.
Oberheim said: "A lot of people, myself included, have always felt that the SEMs had a certain uniquely big, organic sound unlike anything else. Working with Dave to make that sound widely available again with some modern touches and full programmability has been real a pleasure."
The OB-6 features full-size, four-octave, semi weighted keys with aftertouch The OB-6 features two discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) per voice, with continuously variable waveshapes (sawtooth and variable-width pulse, with triangle on oscillator 2).
Additionally, a dual effects section provides studio-quality reverbs, delays (including standard and BBD), chorus, and faithful recreations of Tom Oberheim's acclaimed phase shifter and ring modulator. The effects are digital, with 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution, but a true bypass maintains a full analog signal path. Additionally, the OB-6 features a multimode arpeggiator and a polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps (and up to 6 notes per step) plus rests. It allows polyphonic keyboard input and can sync to external MIDI clock.
By Michael Storey
Posted on 21 Jan 2016 18:09 to category : Instruments News
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