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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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mateusz prandota a part-time user from poland writes:
great synth......i never use the autotune(you have to be patient with this synth;only after two hours of warming the ob stays in tune) ....only seven voices are calibrated.....when i add the uncalibrated voice to the working seven in unison the ob screams like a beast(good analog dirty sound)....i'll never calibrate this voice... unfortunately the cutoff knob isnt working properly..i'd like to remove it... sorry for my english....i speak better french

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-31-2004 at 15:36
Dean T. Davis a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
O.K. lets get into it the OB-8 is the most fantastic synth I've ever played period. So it's not as fat as the Xa so what, you should have bought an Xa but when it starts freaking out and they do occasionally freak out you'll wish you had the OB-8. In my opinion it's incredibly warm, spacious[each voice can be panned]and if you're into modulation you can get insane with Page 2, ooops not on the Xa either. What you propeller heads out there don't realize is that every synth Tom Oberheim made was a continual work in progress He is quoted as saying the OB-8 was to perfect lacking the grit of the earlier models. Sounds to me Tom knew just what he was doing. I wish he would come back and make one more. The brass sounds are great thats right GREAT, the strings are silky smooth and the basses are dope.Don't get me wrong I still want the Xa but I wouldn't have bought it until I got the OB-8. Now how about that!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-27-2003 at 01:11
Ryan Day a professional user from Denver writes:
I've always been a huge fan of the OB-8! It's an astonishingly indepth instrument that's capable of much more than what the relatively simple front panel suggests. I think what really defines the OB-8 sound is not not in it's brass patches (although they are quite good) but in the way its pulse waves can induce a natural phasing effect. It's simple to program: activate saw and pulse waveforms for both VCOs, set the pulse width to *square* and apply a small amount of LFO modulation 90 or 180 degrees out of phase.

The results are simply fantastic for strings and pad sounds. Apply the third LFO on the left hand controller at a faster rate to VCO frequencies and you just turned your OB-8 into a String Ensemble routed through a Bi-Phase. It's very similar but sounds more natural than the signature Styx pads.

That is just one program. The OB-8 continues to impress me with its breadth of sound, functionality, stability, and richness.

A must-have analog polysynth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-14-2002 at 19:54
cardibomb a professional user from USA writes:
I just aquired an OB8 after not playing one for nearly 18 years. And with new effects processing not even invented back then this machine sounds better than I can remember. Filter sweeps,big-ass bass, envelopes not to mention that I've been playing keyboards with "OB" sounds on them for years...just ain't the same. I'm a player, not a curator, use to leave my vintage gear at home cuz it was "too fragile". Not no mo' brothers and sisters... Dust your sh*t off, take it to the gig and play it til it dies. Then go nail it to the wall. And then go get another one. Make the world a warmer place. Peace out.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-20-2002 at 17:33
MARAKAS a part-time user from UK writes:
WOW what a synth, I used to dream of owning one of these 15 years ago, and now I can afford one! The OB8 is the last of the classic OB range, and a lot of people try and tell you that it is the weakest sounding. Not true! This is the most stable and refined of the lot, and lost non of that fat warm sound that you look for in a classic analogue polysynth. I think it's better than the OBXA for a reason, and that is it's stability. It means you can fine tune a sound and add the detail without drift or filter failure, and whats more it seems to sit better in a mix without drowning out all the other sounds. The strings are lush, the bass can be warm or tight, the leads can be raucous, and if you want to get weird, just double press "page 2" and get heavily into the modulation side of things. The arpeggiator is a killer, and mine is a later version with MIDI so I have the best of both worlds. I don't know about any other OB8 owners, but I ain't selling mine!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-23-2002 at 13:16
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