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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Jason d a professional user from LAND OF THE SYTH GODS writes:
I have had just about every syth that you could own , I picked a 8 voice obxa a couple years back for 200$ Its a total badass , I have the Matrix 12 and the JP6, Jp-8 , I must say this the OBXA IS THE BEST BUILT OBERHEIM SINCE THE 4/8 VOICE , its not slapped together like the Matrix 12 , Its heavier than the Matrix 12 more there !!! the matrix 12 has more filters than any of the others and mod routings , and thats the only thing its got that the others lack in , sound wise its a tought call between the Obxa and the JP-8 , the Jp-6 needs to go back to the drawing board as compared sound wise , the jp-6 is cool with the multi mode filter , but its lame , so I would say that the Ob xa you couldn't go wrong , but could make it without if you have a Jp-8 or a matrix 12 . regards Jason d

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-03-2001 at 08:25
David LaCava a professional user from USA writes:
Bought my first 8 voice last year and am saving clams for my second. The Xa is easy to dial in some pretty gritty dirt, the oscillators (although waveform limited) spit fire and are very greasy, bravo! Ditto for the filters. I have a pristine Matrix 12, and my Xa is much easier to get around on. This synth wins five stars for quality of sound and ease of programming. A great piece for a beginning programmer. Highly recommended - every synth player should own at least two!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-04-2000 at 13:00
JP8 a professional user writes:
The OB-Xa makes a Matrix-12 look sad sheer-power wise even in 6 voice layer mode (beats the OB-8 comfortably too) and after reading all the total negativity about the Viscount OB12 (and briefly playing one), I`d hate to compare the two, judge the OB12 on any merits it may have because you can be sure that it sounds far less like an Xa than a Matrix1000 or even a Cheetah MS6 does.

The Xa is a wonderful if limited powerhouse and a pride to own.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-30-2000 at 14:19
James Meeker a part-time user from Toledo, USA writes:
Finally got an OBXa, and I am one smiling mother-fucker. Got the 8 voice, 120 memory upgrade version in museum quality condition.

The OBXa should require no introduction, as it best exemplifies the classic Oberheim polysynth sound. Think Prince, the cheesy chords to "Jump", middle career Gary Numan, Thompson Twins or Rush (and early 80's prog-rock in general).

The OBXa sound massive, expansive, lush and resoutely EXPENSIVE. This thing sounds as good as it was expensive back in '81. (About $7100 at the time--not cheap). The OBXa may lack a lot of fancy doo-dads such as x-modulation or excessive modulation capabilities, but for basic synth sounds it sounds fantastic. Everything it does is glossy and thick--bright enough but still with substance and character. Overall, after hearing the OBXa I began to seriously wonder if excessive modulation choices are really that important if this damn things sounds so good. (Well, they are important but man... these things sound good!)

The OBXa particularly shines for strings and pads, and does a menacing show of bass force. The filter is perhaps the best feature of the entire synth--offering 12 and 24 db mode as well as variable tracking (half & full) as well as extensive filter routings. The resonance on this machine is nice--but doesn't go into self-oscillation. The oscillators themselves are fairly bare--offering only saw and pulse waveforms. Unison mode is available for ultra-thick sounds. Control features are nice, and the pitch levers are precise and offer great control and expression. The split mode is a nice addition--but nothing can hold a candle to doubling up patches, even if polyphony is cut in half. Very, very nice and responsible for many cutting edge, signature OBXa tones.

The bottom line: Great synth sounds--maybe some of the nicest ever. Nothing too fancy, but the OBXa is the master of the basics. Limitless in its applicability to electronic music. And it looks impressive too.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-12-2000 at 17:32
a part-timer user writes:
I have reviewed many analog synths. Even if this synth has very limited sonic possibilities, no factory midi, and some reliability problems, I give a 5. Mine has the 120 progams upgrade, and has all 8 voices. Yes, my OB-Xa does have slight errors in its tuning parameters (noticable when repeating one note several times). This is evident when a patch utilizing hard oscillator sync is on and when the player plays the same chord. For these design flaws, the sound is quite amazing. And for those house and techno producers out there, listen up. A chord facility is available if one does feel that performing unison chords like those on a monosynth. And most of all, it has a unique sound, just like the other Oberheim synths in its series.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-01-1999 at 01:27
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