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Oberheim OB-8 Polyphonic Synthesizer


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Description
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.
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Technical Specifications
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
Patches RAM: 120
Multipatches RAM: 24
Storage: Internal
Editing: MIDI
Case
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
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 1
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
CV Ports: CV IN, Gate In
Production
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
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MSRP List Price: $4,395 - convert
Retail Street Price: $4,000 - convert
Used Price: $4,000 - $5,000 - convert
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