Oberheim OB-X8 Hands-On Review – “If You Can Afford It, Go For It!”


In the latest Sonic State Sonic Lab, host Nick Batt shares his review of the Oberheim OB-X8 synthesizer.

The Oberheim OB-X8 is a new synth design from synth pioneers Tom Oberheim and Dave Smith, in the same family as classic synths like the OB-X, OB-Xa and OB-8. It’s an 8-voice analog design, with discrete SEM/OB-X VCOs, Curtis filters and envelopes based on the originals. It offers 400-plus factory programs, including the full set of factory sounds for the OB-X, OB-SX, OB-Xa, and OB-8.

Batt calls the OB-X8 “a really, really nice analog synth” with “the essence of Oberheim”, summing it up by saying, “This guy is the real deal. If you can afford it, go for it!”

Check out the video and share your thoughts on the Oberheim OB-X8 in the comments!

Topics covered:

00:00:00 Start
00:00:24 Intro
00:01:45 GPU Audio
00:02:33 Overview
00:03:23 Some sounds
00:05:20 Oscillators
00:06:42 Page 2
00:07:42 unison and sync
00:10:00 X Mod detune , stereo
00:11:43 Vintage mode
00:13:30 more sounds
00:15:58 LFO
00:20:42 Karplucks
00:21:23 Filter
00:24:30 Portamento
00:25:37 Performance controls and Arp
00:30:33 Split and Double
00:34:45 Memories
00:35:37 envelopes
00:37:24 final thoughts


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