Synth Site: Oberheim: OBX-A: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Jesper Kjellberg from Sweden writes:
Oberheim OB-Xa is warm and tender, I bought mine, after loong time search here in Sweden. This synth sounds special from others. It's phat and warm but in a other way it isnt....?? Strange. i think the sounds have some kind of soul that you cant find in other synths. its hard to explain. Try one i you can.... they are more common i GB.

posted Friday-Sep-04-1998 at 05:38
SpeedWx a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The centerpiece of my analog stack. Most versatile, too. Besides its strange amplification of the unison function, can really bottom out the bass and create great lead sweeps. Dirtiest sawtooth around. Threee thumbs up!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:03
AdamT a part time user from UK writes:
The OBXa Like steveo says is one hell of a powerful machine, it packs an incredible warmth that makes the Prophet-5 seem thin in comparison (i`ve compared them), the filter has a 2-pole mode that allows resonance without robbing the power and gives that classic Oberheim sound from a standard Curtis chipset. Check the Polyphony!, they came in 4, 6 and 8 voice versions so beware, also later ones had 120 memories so check that too by pressing 2 or more bank buttons simultaneously, originally they had only 32 mems which may not be enough ?. Both the voice boards and Memory update daughter boards maybe hard to obtain. Control wise it Ain`t as flexible as a prophet-5, no Poly Modulation section, less control over the oscillators, BUT it has sample and hold (useful these days) 2-LFOs, Polyphonic portamento and Split/layer (to create FOUR OSCILLATOR mayhem) and other keyboard modes that other Analogs only dream of, the control Levers are excellent and the whole thing is very well built with a proper chunky power supply and PA AMP style heatsink. Its BIG but not heavy.. PS another reason why it sounds more meaty than the OB8 is that it has larger coupling caps on the voice cards. Check Hyperreal`s Music machines for the Mod OB8 Owners.. as Steveo says If you see an OBXa going BUY IT while they`re still reasonable

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:03
Steveo a part time user from UK writes:
This synth is glorious !! Powerfull , fat yet capable of producing a huge range of different timbres , much more than you would expect from looking at the OBX-a's specs...it has a fatter sound than the OB8 due to a slightly slacker auto-tuning routine. Neat feature is that each voice has a different pan setting (via a pot on the voice card). Classic examples of the OBX-a sound include - Van Halen JUMP , Mike Oldfield CRISES , Rush TOM SAYWER...If you see one BUY IT !!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:03
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