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MusicRadar 10 Greatest Synths all time....

Post by griffin avid » Thu May 21, 2015 6:53 pm

http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the ... ime-224433

#10 Oberheim OB-Xa


The success of Sequential Circuits' Prophet-5 shook the synth industry. Monosynths were declared dead almost overnight, and if your synth couldn't store sounds, you might as well have scrapped it for parts.

Every manufacturer that could afford to do so began pumping out competitive products. Some attempted to bring the cost of programmable polyphonic synthesizers down, while others, like Oberheim, attempted to put their own stamp on 'em.

Oberheim had, in reality, been there before Sequential. It offered polyphony in the form of its OB Four and Eight Voice instruments, achieved by strapping a handful of its S.E.M. modules into a case, attaching a keyboard and expecting the user to identically tweak each individual S.E.M. There was even a rudimentary programmer available that could store some (but not all) of the parameters for later recall. They sounded immense, but they were difficult to manage, to say the least.
The OB-Xa may be the single phattest sounding instrument we have ever heard.

Oberheim had a bit of a re-think after the Prophet-5 whizzed by, and took the best of its previous designs and combined them into the huge OB-X. It worked a treat and begat a number of follow-ups, each with its own specific qualities and refinements, and each with its own loyal following.

We could have picked the OB-X or OB-8 for our list, but we chose the one smack dab in the middle, the OB-Xa.

Like the OB-X that preceded it, the OB-Xa was available in four-, six- or eight-voice versions and sported a somewhat simplified dual oscillator signal path. The OB-Xa, however, added a 24 dB filter to the OB-X's 12 dB job and, in fact, you could create layered sounds that combined both for a more complex and engaging sound.

And what a sound it was. The OB-Xa may be the single phattest sounding instrument we have ever heard. Users who dare to click that Unison button may have to have their teeth re-enamelled. Yeah. It's big.

As with all Oberheim instruments of the time, the OB-Xa could be lashed together with a DMX or DX drum machine and a DSX sequencer to form a complete Oberheim 'System'. Such a System in full swing was a sight to behold in those pre-MIDI days, a technological wet dream that was far out of reach of all but the most successful musicians of the day.


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10) Oberheim OB-Xa http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the ... e-224433/2
9) JD-800 http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the ... e-224433/3
8) CS-80 http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the ... e-224433/4
7) Wavestation http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the ... e-224433/5
6) DX7 http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the ... e-224433/6
5) ARP 2600 http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the ... e-224433/7
4) PPG Wave http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the ... e-224433/8
3) Prophet-5 http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the ... e-224433/9
2 ) EMS' VCS3 http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the ... -224433/10
1) Minimoog http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the ... -224433/11
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Re: MusicRadar 10 Greatest Synths all time....

Post by Hybrid88 » Fri May 22, 2015 8:59 am

JD-800's an odd choice, that'd be the wildcard then.

Yeah ok, "greatest synths" what's the point of such a list, we all know what they are.

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Re: MusicRadar 10 Greatest Synths all time....

Post by Walter Ego » Fri May 22, 2015 3:07 pm

I saw this posted on FB too, by sonicstate or synthtopia or something. But the article is from 2009. Why is this news?

(You could also ask why it was news in 2009 as well, I suppose).
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Post by griffin avid » Fri May 22, 2015 3:52 pm

Saw it posted by KORG. Didn't know it was old.

But I guess that list still holds up 5 years later. :?

At any rate, not sure if it's NEWS or something, that, you know, people on a synth forum might care to weigh in on.
I think it's weird that there's one on the list I never heard of.
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Re: MusicRadar 10 Greatest Synths all time....

Post by meatballfulton » Fri May 22, 2015 4:39 pm

Hey, they left out the microKorg :lol:

How did the JD800 get onto that list instead of the D50?
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Re: MusicRadar 10 Greatest Synths all time....

Post by ZeeOne » Fri May 22, 2015 6:45 pm

These days website publishers have finally figured out people hate click-through slideshows and offer an all-in-one view.

Back when this article was published, though....

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Post by Jabberwalky » Fri May 22, 2015 6:59 pm

Perhaps it's a rehash, but the article date says May 12th 2015.
ZeeOne wrote:These days website publishers have finally figured out people hate click-through slideshows and offer an all-in-one view.

Back when this article was published, though....
Really? Seems like every facking click bait website is a slideshow.

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Post by sam » Sun May 24, 2015 9:13 pm

To chose a OBXa over the superior sound of the obx is odd...
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Re: MusicRadar 10 Greatest Synths all time....

Post by Alex E » Sun May 24, 2015 9:52 pm

sam wrote:To chose a OBXa over the superior sound of the obx is odd...
>splitting hairs

But then again, this whole list is odd anyway.
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Re: MusicRadar 10 Greatest Synths all time....

Post by Bitexion » Mon May 25, 2015 1:01 am

"Users who dare to click that Unison button may have to have their teeth re-enamelled. Yeah. It's big."

Reminds me of those zany Sega CD TV ads in the 90s. Oberheim does what Nintendon't.

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Post by analogsynthmuseum » Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:23 am

ob-xa of course , split keyboards 2 patches, 120 prog memory, double sounds, warm sound !!!!

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Re: MusicRadar 10 Greatest Synths all time....

Post by Cybercardinal » Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:01 am

No Jupiter 8, no Synthex :-o
Stupid lists anyway

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