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Oberheim OB-8 Polyphonic Synthesizer

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    The Oberheim OB-8 is a subtractive analog synthesizer launched by Oberheim in early 1983 and discontinued in 1985. It belongs to the OB-X product line of polyphonic compacts synthesizers and is successor to the OB-Xa. The number of production was about 3,000 units. The OB-8 features eight-voice polyphony, two-part multitimbrality, a 61-note processor-controlled piano keyboard, sophisticated programmable LFO and envelope modulation, two-pole and four-pole filters, arpeggiator, external cassette storage, MIDI capability and 120 memory patches, 24 bi-timbral patches, and used the Z80 CPU. The Musician's interface also consists of two pages of front panel programmable controls, left panel performance controls and a set of foot pedals and switches.
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Down, Square
    Envelopes: 2
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters: 1
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
    LFO: 3
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Sine, Square
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 8
    Timbrality: 2
    Tuning: Standard
    Patches RAM: 120
    Multipatches RAM: 24
    Storage: Internal
    Editing: MIDI
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 61 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Switches, Mod - Wheel, Pitch - Lever, Modulation 1/8" Jacks, Pedal - Filter, Pedal - Patch Change, Pedal - Sustain
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Audio Output Count: 1
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    CV Ports: CV IN, Gate In
    Year Released: 1983
    Year Discontinued: 1985
    Units Made: 3000
    Used By
    Prince, Queen, Van Halen, Depeche Mode, Styx, Kool & The Gang, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, The Police, The KLF, Future Sound of London, Simple Minds, Steve Roach, Thompson Twins
    Design Notes:

    Deisgner: Tom Oberheim
    Manuals & Documents
    MSRP List Price: $4,395 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $4,000 - convert
    Used Price: $4,000 - $5,000 - convert
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