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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Nigel Day a part-time user from UK writes:
I think this thing is very cool - whoever said it was built poorly with bad sliders etc must have had a bad one 'cause this thing is built like a tank. Great sounds - piece of pi*s to programme - doesn't sound analogue but so what ? Doesn't sound much worse than my Waldorf Q which cost 3 times as much.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-23-2003 at 06:35
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like Kurzweil-synths lots of time, presets suck. another similar point, it takes patience and time to program OB-12. no instant techno here, go buy a groovebox if you are not prepared to use hours and hours to get used to programming and controlling this synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-30-2002 at 05:49
LEE SIMEONE writes:
I cant believe people can say bad things about this synth. It has everything in one unit. Arp 2600 in seconds. Has tons of sounds and sound like some I made with my fairlight CMI. I have herd the OBX and the OB12 has the same kind of sounds inside. It also has that orignal Oberheim sound, Dont let anyone fool you most people will say bad things about it so they cant get you to sell it. Its amazing I was blown away..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-27-2002 at 14:01
Greg a professional user writes:
Basicaly i got the ob12 based on the raves on sites like thisone and harmony-central. Unfortunately i was quite dissapointed , besides beeing a very well built synthesizer with a good keyboard action , the sound is at least mediocre. The synth has some good intentions 2 oscillators with three waveforms present at any time , 2filters configured serial , parallel or split and has a quite good morphing capabilities and a great sounding fm although there must be a problem with it's calibration causing it to be usefull mostly in sound effect patches .The velocity also has a lot of control routing options. It's not a "wealthy" in specs synth engine ,however there are a lot of succesfull va's with comparable features ,like the NL2 and the novation products that sound way better than the ob12 and it goes without saying that there is NO COMPARISON with the waldorf products or the k5000s e.t.c. because i really have read a lot of stupid comments about this. Besides the mediocre sound there are some points that viscount could improve , for example the modulation whell is either tied to the lfo 2 or the morphing function , something like the velocity routing implementation would be a better choise.One other omision is that although you have 2 different filters there is no way to modulate them separately e.x. an extra envelope or lfo and you cannot affect the balance parameter of them while in split and parallel mode with an lfo or an envelope. To not get into much detail a modulation matrix would be a way better aproach instead of this tied up modulation routings (with the exception of velocity) and a really big omision at least for me is the amplitude envelope keytrack. The effects are generally acceptable with the chorus beeing a really good one and the overdrive almost useless (not only it doesn't sound right it also has a bug and turns the sound into mono) Delay and reverb are usefull. The thing is though that in a synth like this where the oscillators and filters are quite lacking you need better effects , access and novation which have the same problem at least comapring to clavia and waldorf , have really come up with some great effects to compensate for this. Ob12 on the other hand doesn't succeed on this. I got the ob12 to use it as a controller and perhaps a additional sound source and although the price was low 800eu and the built of the hardware really good , i was totally put of by it's sound.This thing was incapable of coming up with good bass sounds the pads were nothing to write home about the leads were a litlle better and the only category were i found the ob usefull was in the sound effects ,which unfortunately was not why i wanted it for , so i had to return it to the store after two weeks to get something else.My current gearlist consists of a microwave xtk a k5000s a NL2 a waldorf pulse an emu ultraproteus a sherman filterbank 2 and a machinedrum. the biggest problem of the ob12 at least for me was that it wasn't really better than a good vsti and was to heavy for a mobile gig setup(12kg) apart from that if someone needed a good controller with a reasonable keyboard action and not too big or too expensive perhaps it might not be such a bad idea 600 to 700 eu would be more apropriate though for this synth.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-23-2002 at 11:28
Matthias Andersson a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
First i have to complay to everybody that seems to think that this is an analog machine. It isn't! I can understand you comparing this to an OB-X, OB-Xa, Matrix or whatever Oberheim did in the past. Fine. But to say this machine is crap because it doesn't sound like those old synthesizers is beyond me. It is NOT one of the old ones nor is it pretending to be. Those vintage synths may be well worth the money for any hardcore analogue enthusiast but most people aren't willing to pay 5-6 times what this machine costs just because they are REAL analog synths. Get real, it isn't even the original company that has made this synth. Anyways, that's my opinion. Nuf said. I think this is one of the most fabolous synthesizers to hit the market in a long while. The sound quality is nothing less than fantastic. You can get almost every imaginable sound out of this box if you just tweak the right knobs. Heck, even the design is so cool you just can have it sitting in your living room as art. If you find one, BUY IT! The price/performance today is good. In some years i bet you can sell it for at least triple the price you bought it for. I just love it, it will be a classic. I haven't found any downsides yet but if i do i will get back and post it here.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-08-2002 at 22:37
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