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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Relikk a part-time user from Athens, GA writes:
Wise move, John...can hardly wait for the N3 myself.

Matrix is way off base: as far as I can tell, no-one's bashing this due to it's lack of resemblance to older Obie's. I was excited to see it in my local music vendor, but the excitement wore off quickly when I couldn't make the controls do what they were supposed to (see Dave's comments). Hell, if I plunk down $150,000 for a Bentley, I don't want the rude surprise of opening the hood only to discover a moped engine within. John was lucky to have such an honest dealer. I hope Oberheim (or Viscount) can learn from their mistake.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-18-2000 at 23:55
John Schur a hobbyist user from Pittsburgh, PA writes:
Okay, her's one from someone who bought an OB-12. Notice I didn't say "owns one". I had one for three weeks and my dealer was good enough to take it back. To be fair, it was capable of making some decent sounds. The biggest problem was it's instability. It crashed on me a dozen time a day. A lot of it's intended functionality has never been implemented. It originally had no on/off for local control. I eventually got a flash-rom upgrade that included that function, but it never worked properly. The machine had potential, but it appears that it was just rushed to market. BTW: I traded for a MS-2000 and left the remainder as a deposit on a Nord Lead 3.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-18-2000 at 20:59
matrix writes:
I disagree. From what I've heard so far, I actually like the sound of this synth. It sounds different than others. The only thing I can definitely say is bad about this synth is the Oberheim label. Unfortunately it is doing more to hurt it rather than help it. You guys need to get past labels. A good amount of you are bashing it because it "doesn't sound like an Oberheim" Give me a friggin break. It isn't an Oberheim. Oberheim is long gone. Get over the label and listen to the synth. Reminds me of the old "groove box" is crap simply because of the "groove box" label. It's what you make of it.

posted Monday-Sep-18-2000 at 12:27
Modded a part-time user from USA writes:
I don't know about you, but when I think Oberheim, I think of earthy, thick, unstable yet musiucal sounds...This new Obie, IMHO, is almost a completely unrelated instrument in it's own right. Well, it might fool my DJ friend into thinking he was getting something actually cool. Like others say, it's just namesake. Great unit for the other kids in the clubs doing live sets, since it's difficult to tell it's a fake over a loud over-driven PA system. It has some convinceing sounds, and it's easier to carry and more reliable than my OB-8. However, in the think-tank, whilst wearing nice headphones, this unit just didnt cut it for my current project, ended up going back to the OB-8 and OB-Xa for my "Obie" sounds. Overall, it ain't bad, definately has potential in the right hands, but not worth that kind of cash next to the real thing at approximately the same price.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-20-2000 at 21:31
Mark Holloway a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Some people smoke crack for a living, others take the time to learn how to tweak a synth to its fullest!

The unit is physically built very sturdy. The metal feels just like a Nord Lead synth, only this one has wooden side panels. The knobs are like a Virus, and the sliders are EQ style, but feel fine.

In the world of VA I look at it like this: You have the FAT stuff (Nord, Virus, Q) and you have the soothing stuff (JP 8000/8080, Waldorf Microwave XT/k). The Oberheim OB-12 sits closer to the JP, only much more extensive in features. Rather than sitting here trying to convince you that it's a great synth (although it is pricey, but a JP 8000 is still $1200! Lame!), go find one at a dealer and play with it. That's the only way to truly know what you're going to get! Some people will love this synth, others will hate it, but I'm sure someday in the future some person will create some really cool sounds and all of sudden people will want this synth for something specific. Remember when the JP came out? How about the AN1x? Nord Lead 1? It's the same pattern over and over again..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-20-2000 at 13:07
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