Synth Site: Oberheim: OB-12: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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matrix writes:
Yep, definitely the sleeper synth of this time. This synth excels at pads, strings, and bizarre,e volving surreal sounds. The low end is there and you can do your typical leads and the like, but pads are a dream on this synth. I listened to it once in a shop and I wasn't that impressed. Everything sounded like it was stuck in the midrange to me. Well, the prices have dropped, so I decided to give it another try. I thought it was definitely good enough for the price so I brought it home. Man! After a bit of tweaking, I came to realize how good this VA actually is. The filter doesn't step with high frequency and the oscillators sound alive. They seem to drift. I have no idea how they did it, but the synth sounds very deep and alive. Not quite fully analog, but very, very close and very alive for a digital synth. Read this as organic, not sterile. It can also sound very unique, it has it's own style, so it's not redundant if you have other VAs or As. The build quality is amazing as others have said. Very solid and smooth sliders and knobs. It's sad that going with the Oberheim name probably did more to hurt Viscount than help. They built a very nice synth with the OB12. Too many dismissed the synth because of the Oberheim name. I give it a 5 for the current price vs. sound. This synth turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-05-2002 at 23:04
bp a part-time user from God's green earth writes:
Unbelievable machine - highly under-rated. Top quality HW and SW with an expanse of capablities in both raw sound synthesis and it's companion features.

My best personal point of reference is to my (former) Z1. The OB-12 is soooo much richer, fluid and glitch-free than the Z1 would ever imagine. This sound and ride is like a 512BB next to the Z1's Impala...

Highly underrated - If you are lucky enough to find one, don't think about it- buy it!

My greatest (only?) dissatisfaction is in Gibson USA for the abandon of the Oberheim name and the reduction of it's value to a hyperlink on the corporate site - which is incorrect to boot! GIBSON: WAKE UP! If you're gonna carry the Oberheim name on your home page, at least direct the traffic to where actual Oberheim life exists!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-05-2002 at 19:37
Syruss a part-time user from USA writes:
Can we say instant love... You can pick on of these up for just under $700, and at that price point it significantly outperforms the competition. Everything from deep heavy bass to flowing ethereal sounds are just a few tweaks away, and the Morph feature should appeal to anyone with a taste for smooth sound transitions. The dual stereo output channels are nice, I would like to have four... one for each part. A line in would also have been nice for processing external audio, but with all the plusses this synth has to offer, (far to many to list them all) and with such a low price, these few negative points are really insignificant.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-05-2002 at 14:59
Alvin Hayek a professional user from NYC/ usa writes:
Dave and I had it narrowed down to the Nord Lead 2 and 3 and the OB 12. Let's Just say. OB is perhaps the most amazing synth I've ever had the pleasure of hearing Dave play. on a scale of 1 to 9 We give the OB-12 ten fu&!ing stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-05-2002 at 14:26
Kraken a hobbyist user from Madrid writes:

I forgot: it is perfect to complement with pads and original textures any VA set. Although it is outgunned by monsters such as Virus or SN2 (compare the prices), the OB12 doesn't overlap them. Too much. :)

Although the Adbot says the average price is 900$, it's selling new for 600-800$

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-28-2002 at 07:10
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