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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Max a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Actually, the comments on this synth fall strictly in two categories:

(1) People who dig it

(2) People who like the interface and look but don't like the sound

I guess I belong to the second category. I have a battery of old analogs and a couple of VAs, plus a few softsynths, so there is basis for comparison. OB12 os the thinnest sounding machine I ever heard. Virtually any real analog gives you more interesting basses and pads than the OB12. For special FX, OB12 holds its ground.

The Virus has a sound so much more powerful than OB12 that no comparison is possible at all. And the prices differ by only a few hundred $.

Bottomline: very, very nice toy, but you are better off with a Prophet 600, Matrix 1000 or a Virus.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-05-2001 at 08:18
tpboeh a hobbyist user from USA writes:
It's kind of hard to believe that some people consider this synth to be thin when there are plenty of ways to manipulate the sound to taste. For example, individual timbres can be fattened up in the keyboard submenu with the unison mode (granted, you lose some polyphony in the process, but the sound is great). Stack two or three of these together in a layer and you've got a pretty nice preset. And that's just one approach, this doesn't even touch on the very deep programming functions. The display is incredible, touch a slider or knob and there you are. Suggestion - hook this up with it's little brother (cousin?) the analog Matrix-1000 and have at it. In fact, it's a good way to compare just how analogish you can make this thing sound with a little effort.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-31-2001 at 00:44
tomax a professional user from USA writes:
this is an absolutely brilliant VA and was obviously designed by someone very very on it. great for performance (phrase and motion recorders, who needs the arpeggiator!?), easy multi-timbral for sequencing, and lush warm sound. seems like some people got gunk in their ears. it may not be the *fattest* VA, but it is most def the *warmest* and so smooth. crystal clear super high notes that don't disintegrate into digital noise like almost every other VA... and cheap! i've got heaps of gear and this is my new favourite along with the Kawai K5000S... (both have the best non-weighted keyboards ever, with nice velo curves and aftertouch travel + resistance) buy this for the pads and basses; you will love to program your own tones on this - in fact you will have to because the factory presets are largely utter crap. the architecture looks pretty bog standard at first glance but there are loads of tiny tight tweaks that expand the synthesis capabilities of this enormously. kudos to the anonymous Viscount DSP folks! :) cheers, me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-23-2001 at 09:27
gary m a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I tried the OB and found it to be a very well made unit. It was easier to use than my JP8000 roland and had much more sound possibilities. The sounds generated are similar to the JP and I was not at all dissappointed with it's sound. Im going to Dump the JP8000 and get the OB12 as it is a better deal dollar per dollar than the JP and it is very RUGGED in comparison to the JP which falls apart when you bump it.

Summary: Good Sound, well made, a nice kbd

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-19-2001 at 09:11
a professional user from SF, USA writes:
I just sat down and played this thing against an Andromeda. I might as well be certified insane but I found the Oberheim easier to use and sounding awesome. The Alesis has 1000 knobs which is great if you are a sound designer only, but for people who want to make tracks, the OB is fast and easy. I wouldn't buy the OB as an only synth, but you can make some weird stuff with this thing for 1000 bucks. The Andromeda was awesome but it seemed like it was just too much of everything. So many knobs that it just gets confusing unless you want to study every patch for hours. The OB is obviously hated by many, but it has the best interface of all the VAs and you won't sound like everyone with a Virus and a Nova if you get one. The Nord is also great but you'd think they would've put on some fx by now.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-23-2001 at 14:02
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