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Is Oberheim still manufacturing synths?

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:38 pm
by electronique
Cant really find any info about them.. There is a shop in Sydney that has a synth on thier online store - But im thinking they havent updated thier site in years..!

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:57 pm
by Vxster
The original Oberheim closed in 1986. The OB12 was made by Viscount who licensed the name from Gibson who bought Oberheim.

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:08 pm
by Bitexion
Their ghost is still around haunting anyone that tries to create a recreation of the old oberheims, like VST's. Then they get slapped with a copyright lawsuit, and have to rename their synth to something like OP-X (instead of OB-X even though everything else looks the same).
That's the main reason why there are no official Oberheim softsynths made by Arturia etc. They are not allowed to use the name.

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:06 pm
by xpander
gibson similarly drove Opcode into the grave after acquiring it. goodbye Studio Vision... and they held onto the source for OMS, which was just disgraceful since they killed off a utility.

of course, the funny thing is that the OMS creator went right to Apple to develop the Core Audio component for OS X once the Opcode ship sank.

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:44 pm
by meatballfulton
xpander wrote:gibson similarly drove Opcode into the grave after acquiring it. goodbye Studio Vision... and they held onto the source for OMS, which was just disgraceful since they killed off a utility.
Gibson has killed more than it's share of brands after acquiring them. Makes you wonder why they bought them in the first place, it's one thing to bury your competition another to buy into a market where you have no presence yourself (MIDI, keys) and then let it just die.

Go check out musicYo where Gibson sells cheap imports branded with names they bought out years ago. They even were selling some Oberheim branded gear there a couple of years back.

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:42 pm
by MrFrodo
When I first found out about the OB12 and the OB3 organ products, a part of me began living in anticipation of what they'd do next. Later on, I ascertained that they'd quit building new gear under this early 2000's encarnation of Oberheim.

who knows? Let's cross fingers that Tom Oberheim will do a Moog and reclaim the rights to his own company name.

who has an OB12?

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 9:50 pm
by Mpresev
anyone bought the OB12 when it came out in 02?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberheim_OB12


looks like an interesting synth. THoughts?

I hear you can buy it cheap these days..

Re: who has an OB12?

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:44 pm
by tallowwaters
Mpresev wrote:anyone bought the OB12 when it came out in 02?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberheim_OB12


looks like an interesting synth. THoughts?

I hear you can buy it cheap these days..
ever try the search function? google?

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:59 pm
by Mpresev
check this pretty synth out gang.

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:20 am
by felis

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:45 am
by Bitexion
Lots of people bought it and still have it, I guess. It came with some horrible OS bugs regarding the effects section, but those were fixed in an OS update. It sounds NOTHING like the old oberheims, it is a pure virtual analog synth. But as a synth on its own I'm sure it is neat enough. Just don't compare it to an OB8 or something.

I've played it myself sometimes in stores. It wasn't super great, just okay VA sound.