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Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:35 am
by Synthmatic
Looks interesting but no mixer controls.


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Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:00 pm
by ppg_wavecomputer
Tom should rather focus on making the new Two Voice more widely available and, while he is at it, a bit more competitively priced. It's nearly 4,500 Euros over here -- if you can get one, that is.

Is the SEM Plus aimed at Eurorack owners? Can't tell from the picture.

Stephen

Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:16 pm
by Stab Frenzy
Yeah it's a Eurorack module.

Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:58 pm
by Hybrid88
Interesting, I wonder why he's brought back the Marion Systems name? Looks like everyone is going back to their roots these days, with Sequential, Arp and now Marion Systems.

Might mean that he can mass produce them more than with the "Tom Oberheim" brand, because as we know despite being great recreations they don't half take a while to get to market.

Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:53 pm
by madtheory
Synthmatic wrote:Looks interesting but no mixer controls.
The SEM never did AFAIK.

Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:52 pm
by Synthmatic
Three knobs at the bottom of the VCF section:

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Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:00 pm
by Synthmatic
Notice also the Aux In & Flex jacks but no routing on the panel for them. There might be a separate programmer that could access these and the mix functions.

Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:09 pm
by madtheory
Synthmatic wrote:Three knobs at the bottom of the VCF section:
AH, I get it. They are balance controls for saw v pulse from each oscillator? So 12 o'clock would be "0"? So do we know how the switches on the new one function? Could they be level controls?

Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:54 pm
by Synthmatic
madtheory wrote:
Synthmatic wrote:Three knobs at the bottom of the VCF section:
AH, I get it. They are balance controls for saw v pulse from each oscillator? So 12 o'clock would be "0"?
Yes

madtheory wrote:So do we know how the switches on the new one function? Could they be level controls?
They look more to be on/off functions.

Also notice that the knobs have no pointers or indicator lines on them. This leads me to think that there is some kind of programmer/controller that would be used for multiple units.

Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:26 pm
by dubnspace
Hybrid88 wrote:Interesting, I wonder why he's brought back the Marion Systems name? Looks like everyone is going back to their roots these days, with Sequential, Arp and now Marion Systems.

Might mean that he can mass produce them more than with the "Tom Oberheim" brand, because as we know despite being great recreations they don't half take a while to get to market.
Both the SEMs and Two Voice are also under Marion Systems

Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:52 pm
by Z
dubnspace wrote:
Hybrid88 wrote:Interesting, I wonder why he's brought back the Marion Systems name? Looks like everyone is going back to their roots these days, with Sequential, Arp and now Marion Systems.

Might mean that he can mass produce them more than with the "Tom Oberheim" brand, because as we know despite being great recreations they don't half take a while to get to market.
Both the SEMs and Two Voice are also under Marion Systems
Yes, when I mailed my Patch Point SEM to Tom for the "Pro" upgrade, my check was made payable to Marion Systems.

Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:13 pm
by wordsdrawnigh
Z wrote:
dubnspace wrote:
Hybrid88 wrote:Interesting, I wonder why he's brought back the Marion Systems name? Looks like everyone is going back to their roots these days, with Sequential, Arp and now Marion Systems.

Might mean that he can mass produce them more than with the "Tom Oberheim" brand, because as we know despite being great recreations they don't half take a while to get to market.
Both the SEMs and Two Voice are also under Marion Systems
Yes, when I mailed my Patch Point SEM to Tom for the "Pro" upgrade, my check was made payable to Marion Systems.
Perhaps he sold the rights to the "Oberheim" name to Dave Smith?

Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:32 pm
by Synthmatic
Gibson has the rights to the Oberheim name and strutting logo trademark. They licensed it to Italian instrument maker Viscount for a while. They made the OB-12.

Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:01 am
by Sir Ruff
Pretty exciting... this plus a programmer would make up for the never-to-be SO4V.

Re: Marion Systems Tom Oberheim SEM Plus

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:58 am
by ppg_wavecomputer
Hybrid88 wrote:Interesting, I wonder why he's brought back the Marion Systems name? [...]
Even though the new SEM reads tomoberheim.com on the rear panel, it also reads "Marion Systems Inc." This name has been around for quite some time -- so far Tom has not been as lucky as Dave to have received his trademark name back (or Bob Moog some fifteen or so years ago, for that matter).

Stephen