Oberheim OB-8

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The Oberheim OB-8
The Oberheim OB-8
Manufactured by Oberheim
Dates 1983 - 1985
Price US$4395
Technical specifications
Polyphony 8
Timbrality 2
Oscillator 2 per voice
Synthesis type Analog Subtractive
Filter 2 or 4-pole ADSR
Attenuator 2
Memory 120 patches
12 splits
12 dual
Effects none
Keyboard 61-key
Left-hand control Pitch
External control CV/Gate

The Oberheim OB-8 is a subtractive analog synthesizer launched by Oberheim in early 1983 and discontinued in 1985. It belongs to the OB-X product line of polyphonic compacts synthesizers and is successor to the OB-Xa. The number of production was about 3,000 units.[1]

The OB-8 features eight-voice polyphony, two-part multi-timbrality, a 61-note processor-controlled piano keyboard, sophisticated programmable LFO and envelope modulation, two-pole and four-pole filters, arpeggiator, external cassette storage, MIDI capability and 120 memory patches, 24 bi-timbral patches, and used the Z80 CPU. Musician's interface also consists of two pages of front panel programmable controls, left panel performance controls and a set of foot pedals and switches.

Artists who have used the OB-8 include Boys Noize, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Prince, Queen, Van Halen, Depeche Mode, The War on Drugs, Styx, Kool & The Gang, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Clarence Jey, The Police, Silent Running, The KLF, Future Sound of London, Barnes & Barnes and Nik Kershaw.[2]

Notable OB-8 users[edit]


  1. ^ Julian Colbeck (2001-05-01), "Oberheim OB-8", electronic Musician, "The OB-8 was last in the line of classic Oberheim analog synthesizers that included the OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-SX, ...", "Number produced: 3,000" 
  2. ^ http://www.nikkershaw.co.uk/drum-talk.asp