behold some synth nerdage:redchapterjubilee wrote:And I was surprised that so far there's been no mention of Jimmy Jam rocking the Oberheim during The Time's performance with Rihanna. Before footage could sweep to his side of the stage I thought "wow, those synth horn stabs sure sound analog" and I fully expected to see a Triton or V-Synth. But no, I could see it was either an OB-XA or OB-8 (methinks the latter because the the graphics were blue, but wasn't there blue OB-XA's too? Micke?).
i just looked at that on Youtube, embarrassingly bad. they are both OB-8 synths on both sides of the stage, the tell-tale sign is the cutouts in the wood endcaps, the OBXa doesn't have cutouts and the M12 only has them if it's mod'd; on the M12 those cutouts would be larger and the endcaps themselves would be more slender. on the OB-8 on the right, it has a compact cut-out which indicates factory MIDI. on the OB-8 on the left it has a compact cutout which is for individual voice panning.