Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 6-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

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OB-6 6-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

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OB-6 6-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer
OB-6 6-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer
OB-6 6-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

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YouTube Video NAMM 2016: Oberheim Dave Smith OB 6 analog synthesizer Sound Demo
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The OB-6 is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between the two most influential designers in poly synth history, Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim. The OB-6 takes the classic bold Tom Oberheim sound - with its true voltage-controlled oscillators, 2-pole filter, and amplifiers - and adds modern enhancements such as studio-quality effects, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and more. No other modern analog poly synth can boast such a pedigree or such a massive, in-your-face sonic signature.

Vintage SEM Tone

The OB-6 sound engine is inspired by Tom's original SEM, the core of his acclaimed 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers. It features two discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) per voice with continuously variable waveshapes (sawtooth and variable-width pulse, plus a triangle wave on oscillator 2). The classic Oberheim-inspired 2-pole, state-variable, resonant filter provides low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and notch functionality. Voltage-controlled amplifiers complete the all-analog signal path.

Dual Effects

The dual effects section provides studio-quality reverbs, delays (standard and BBD), chorus, flangers, and faithful recreations of Tom's original phase shifter and ring modulator. While the effects themselves are digital, with 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution, a true bypass maintains a full analog signal path.

X-Mod and Poly Step Sequencing

Also present is X-Mod, which expands the tonal palette and makes it easy to create dramatic and unconventional sounds. Modulation sources are filter envelope and oscillator 2, both with bi-polar control. Destinations include oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 1 shape, oscillator 1 pulse width, filter cutoff, and filter mode. The polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step. You can create sequences polyphonically, with rests, and sync to an external MIDI clock. The full-featured arpeggiator can be synced to external MIDI clock as well. Unison mode features configurable voice count (1-6 voices), chord memory, and key modes.

Easy to Program

The knob-per-function front panel puts virtually all OB-6 functions at your fingertips. Included are 500 permanent factory programs and 500 rewritable user programs. Turning on the Manual button enables live panel mode, in which the sound of the OB-6 switches to its current front panel settings. In this state, what you see is what you hear.

Easy to Play

This analog powerhouse is packed into a four-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, making it perfect for stage or studio.

OB-6 Specifications

OSCILLATORS
• Two discrete VCOs per voice
• Continuously variable wave shape (sawtooth and variable-width pulse, plus triangle on oscillator 2) per oscillator
• Pulse width per oscillator
• Hard sync: oscillator 1 syncs to oscillator 2
• Square wave sub-octave generator (oscillator 1) per voice
• Low frequency mode (oscillator 2)
• Keyboard tracking on/off (oscillator 2)
• Oscillator detune amount for increased tuning instability, from subtle to extreme

MIXER
• Oscillator 1 amount
• Oscillator 1 sub-octave amount
• Oscillator 2 amount
• White noise amount

STATE-VARIABLE FILTER
• Two-pole, resonant, filter per voice with low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and notch functionality inspired by the original Oberheim SEM filter
• Bi-polar filter envelope amount
• Velocity modulation of envelope amount
• Keyboard tracking: off, half, full

FILTER ENVELOPE
• Four-stage (ADSR) envelope generator
• Velocity modulation of envelope amount

AMPLIFIER ENVELOPE
• Four-stage (ADSR) envelope generator
• Velocity modulation of envelope amount

LOW FREQUENCY OSCILLATOR
• Five wave shapes: sine, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, and random (sample and hold)
• Clock sync (internal or external MIDI clock)
• Initial amount
• Mod destinations: oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 2 frequency, oscillator 1 and 2 pulse width, filter cutoff, filter mode, amp

X-MOD
• Sources: filter envelope (bi-polar) and oscillator 2 (bi-polar)
• Destinations: oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 1 shape, oscillator 1 pulse width, filter cutoff, filter mode, normal to bandpass filter

AFTERTOUCH
• Source: channel (mono) aftertouch with bi-polar amount
• Destinations: oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 2 frequency, LFO amount, amplifier envelope amount, filter envelope amount, filter mode

CLOCK
• Master clock with tap tempo
• BPM control and display
• MIDI clock sync

ARPEGGIATOR
• Selectable note value: 16th note, 8th note triplet, 8th note, dotted 8th note, quarter note
• One, two, or three octave range
• Up, down, up/down, random, and assign modes

SEQUENCER
• Polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps and rests

EFFECTS
• Stereo analog distortion
• Dual, 24-bit, 48 kHz digital effects, including: reverb (room, hall, plate, spring), delay (full bandwidth digital delay and emulated bucket brigade), chorus, flanger, phase shifters, and ring modulator
• Delay sync
• True bypass maintains fully analog signal path when digital effects are off

PERFORMANCE CONTROLS
• Full-sized, semi-weighted, 4-octave keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
• Backlit pitch and mod wheels
• Spring-loaded pitch wheel with selectable range per program (1 to 12 semitones up and down)
• Transpose controls for an 8-octave range
• Hold switch latches held notes on
• Polyphonic portamento
• Unison (monophonic) mode with configurable voice count, from one to all six voices, chord memory, and key modes
• Manual switch: when on, the front panel is live; what you see is what you hear

PATCH MEMORY
• 500 user and 500 factory programs in 10 banks of 100 programs each
• Direct program access, including single-button access to the current set of 10 programs

IN/OUT
• Left/mono and right audio outputs (2 x 1/4 phone jack)
• Headphone output (stereo, 1/4 phone jack)
• MIDI in, out, and thru ports
• USB for bidirectional MIDI communication
• Filter cutoff expression pedal input
• Volume expression pedal input
• Sustain footswitch input
• Sequencer start/stop footswitch input

POWER
• IEC AC power inlet for internal power supply
• Operates worldwide on voltages between 100 and 240 volts at 50 to 60 Hz; 30 watts maximum power consumption

PHYSICAL SPECS
• Dimensions: 31.8" L x 12.7" W x 4.6" H (80.7 cm x 32.3 cm x 11.7 cm)
• Weight: 20 lbs (9.5 kg)
• Walnut end panels

Media


NAMM 2016: Oberheim Dave Smith OB 6 analog synthesizer Sound DemoWatch Video
Youtube video product demo
DSI Oberheim OB-6 - Lorenz Rhode factory presets jamWatch Video
Youtube video product demo

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On the face of it, this seems like a fairly limited synth - there are only so many things you can twiddle with. Lots of synths can do more. The sequencer and arpeggiator are pretty basic and the effects are good but not amazing (though a few are pretty good). The display only has numbers, not patch names. But it's all about the sound. I felt an emotional connection with this synth ever since the first time I heard it years ago. It can go from velvety to aggressive with all kinds of rich tones in between, and it can be sweet or huge, pure or dirty. If you turn the knobs slowly and explore, there's a surprising variety you can get out of it. But mostly the sheer tone of the OB-6 is so rich and enjoyable, it just draws you in every time. It's solidly built, with a good (if short) keyboard. I marked it down for value because it's pretty expensive, but I really think it's a great instrument. People say its sibling the Prophet 6 is more versatile, but for me the OB-6 is the one that brings the emotion. If you buy the software that goes with it (about $100 extra), you can turn it into a more versatile instrument when working with a DAW, by adding endless LFOs or automation to modulate every knob and parameter, and you can back up and reorganize your patches on the computer.
Posted by Richard on Jul 21, 2022
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ABSOLUTELY THE BEST ANALOGUE POLYSYNTH!! 0 of 1 customers found this review helpful
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This synth is so unique, so organic and so addictive! Out of all of the analogue synths I have ever owned, including the Juno-6, the jupiter 6 and the prophet-X, this one is my favourite. I am forever a SEQUENTIAL head now!
Posted by Michael on Jul 8, 2021
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The Best Poly Synth 2 of 3 customers found this review helpful
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This is it. After years of doing sound design and buying synths I've finally found the holy grail of modern analog poly synths. Along with the Moog Matriarch, this is the best sounding synth on the market,
Posted by Devin on Feb 18, 2021
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Personally for me, and for the type of music I make, there is no better modern buy than the OB6. It’s just so rich and detailed and has that retro vibe to it. I wanted a synth that had modern features but sounded like it could be from the 80s. Very analogue. I got it more for recording than playing live and suggest that would be its main use as it is limited in voices. But what each voice provides is an infinity of analogue goodness, deep and complex, yet also simple in its complexity. This is my top 2 of Dave Smiths creations and a special synth in this generation. I decided to buy the keyed version since the keybed, I was told, was very nice and I agree it is perfect.... exactly how I like keybeds. Just smooth as butter feel. Anyways, this sits prominently on my desk as my main synth.
Posted by Brentov on Aug 28, 2020
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Stellar build quality. Unmistakable character. Flat out incredible sound. It's the best.
Posted by Truman on Nov 23, 2017
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Go for the Prophet 6 2 of 9 customers found this review helpful
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OB6 Is a great synth but the performance oriented way in workflow features a little to limited when compared to Prophet 6. P6 seems to me more versatile and much efficient when used. OB 6 needs a little more time in achieving that overall result in modeling sounds. OB6 is still a great piece to have.
Posted by Jack Rawllings on Nov 7, 2017
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