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Oberheim OB-Mx

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    Remember the days when men were men and synthesizers were synthesizers? Knobs, switches, and such stuff were in abundance, imagination could run rampant, sounds were unabashedly electronic.

    These days our musical lives center around four button interfaces, canned sounds, cryptic displays, and tedious instruction manuals. Interaction isjust a fond memory, and the concept of actually playing a responsive electronic instrument seems to have died along with Flash Gordon.

    Problem back then was that while you could get into pretty deep space, you could never get back to where you'd been yesterday—synths, with their infinite possibilities, were conspicuously short on memory.

    So we had this crazy idea. What if we took the sounds of the 70's, the technology of today, combined them with controls up the wazoo, and an accessible user interface? Could be interesting.

    Welcome to the OB Mx.
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Down, Triangle
    Osc Modulation: Continuous Controller, Envelope, LFO, Oscillator, Sync Hard
    Envelopes: 4
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Freerun, Looping, Offset, Slope, Triggered, Time
    Filters: 2
    Types: 6dB Slope, 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), 48dB Slope (8-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pitch Wheel, Portamento
    Filter Notes:
    + Oberheim: 12 dB/oct low, band, hi pass types
    + Minimoog: 24 dB/oct low-pass type
    LFO: 4
    LFO Parameters: Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Triangle
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 12
    Timbrality: 6
    Tuning: Micro
    Patches RAM: 128
    Patches ROM: 128
    Multipatches RAM: 128
    Multipatches ROM: 128
    Storage: Internal
    Editing: MIDI
    Case: Rack
    Rack Size: 19", 6U, Full
    Display Type: LCD, Backlit
    Display Count H: 40
    Display Count V: 2
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 480mm (W) x 220mm (H) x 200mm (D)
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main
    Audio Output Count: 2
    Audio Output Notes: 1/4" 1 - 12 Mono Outputs
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    Year Released: 1994
    Design Notes:

    Designed by Don Buchla - Berkeley, 1994

    Thanks to the members of the development team - programming by Andy Corless and Lynx Crowe, with assistance from Greg Higgs and Chuck Carlson. Technical support from Keith Edwards, Mark Leas, Mike Lyon, Kim Flint, Huck Phomma, and Pree Boonkert. Sound design and beta testing by Jay Cloidt, Gerry Basserman, Malcolm Doak, Roger Powell, Richard Bugg, Joel Davel, Andrew Schlesinger, Mike Lee and Ezra.

    The support of Zeta, G-WIZ Labs and Gibson Guitars kept this development in high gear. Special thanks to Tom Oberheim, who pioneered many of the basic concepts, Keith McMillen, who masterfully coordinated the development scene, and Warren Sirota, who skillfully implemented this vital link between designer and performer.
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    MSRP List Price: $1,499 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $1,300 - convert
    Used Price: $1,500 - $4,000 - convert
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