OB-E – AN OCTAPHONIC SONIC ADVENTURE
- OB-E is our take on the legendary 8-Voice. More than just an emulation, OB-E offers a unique musical experience. Sounding HUGE, it takes the iconic Synthesiser Expander Module based 8-Voice (a.k.a the EVS) into new sonic territory via a raft of enhancements and additions.
- The concept of the 8-Voice is actually very simple; based around a single Module containing two VCOs with Pulse and Sawtooth waveforms, two ADS Envelope Generators, one LFO, and a magical Multi-Mode Filter. In isolation eac Module is monophonic, but in the 8-Voice, because there are eight Modules triggered by a polyphonic keyboard, you have a superb eight note polyphonic synthesizer.
- While simple at heart, OB-E is, to our knowledge, the first virtual instrument with complete per-voice control. This unique Octaphonic architecture offers fresh and exciting creative possibilities to music producers, composers and sound designers for the first time in the digital realm.
600 factory Patches saved in various categories and with tags.
THE MODULE – FRONT
The core building block of OB-E is the Synthesizer Expander Module. Each Module has 3 Oscillators, a Multimode Filter, 2 Envelopes and modulation controls.
THE MODULE – REAR
Each MODULE has both front and rear panels. The rear of each allows us to extend the range of functions programmable in each Module.
OB-E groups Modules 1-4 into the LOWER MODULE mixer and Modules 5-8 into the UPPER MODULE mixer. Individual volume and pan for each Module can be set here along with a MASTER control for each group.
ZOOM a Module to enlarge the interface for detailed editing. ZOOM places the front and rear of the selected Module side by side within OB-E.
- We’ve painstakingly emulated every section of the synth to create an authentic sounding instrument with the convenience of software control over those eight modules. Mono, Poly, Unison, Split, it’s all yours now. Add to this a new third oscillator that doubles as LFO, a new LFO per voice, and a stack of additional performance controls via velocity, polyphonic aftertouch and MPE control and you’ll begin to understand the depth of musical possibilities OB-E provides.
ZOOM AND GROUP MODE FOR FASTER EDIT
- Programming a polyphonic Patch on an original 8-Voice was a daunting mission, OB-E makes it a cinch. Unison Chords a forté. To overcome the arduous task of editing 8 individual modules, OB-E provides a number of clearly-thought out editing controls such as Zoom which zooms on a specific module and its rear panel, Group (shown above) which enables a Synthesizer Expander Module parameter change to be applied to all Modules at once, and Offset modes as well as a resizable user interface. While it possible to save OB-E preset, it is also possible to save and reload each single Module as a preset, copy-paste them in between each Module or lock a Module to prevent changes from being applied to it (even when loading a new patch)
Via the little yellow triangle in the top left hand corner of the UI,
OB-E allows you to scale the size of the user interface for both reduction and enlargement.
OB-E offers a range of Global Controls including the all important GROUP edit mode. When GROUP is selected, the parameters knobs of OB-E glow green indicating that editing one parameter on any Module is mirrored across all Modules.
OB-E plays in multiple keyboard modes including mono, polyphonic & unison. The keyboard can be ‘split’ with notes lower than the split playing Modules 1-4 and above the split Modules 5-8. Additionally, Module 8 can be allocated to the SEQUENCER giving 3-way playback possibilities within a single Patch.
The OB-E SEQUENCER contains an extensive range of controls and functions. It triggers either monophonically or each Module in sequentially.
OB-E analogue style delay which can be routed to upper, lower or both Module groups.
CREATIVE SEQUENCER & STEREO DELAY
- And that’s not all! With the original MS-1 sequencer as a starting reference point, we’ve added an extremely comprehensive and creative 8-step Sequencer (shown on the right above) providing a flexibility and fun-factor unavailable via the original hardware. In keyboard Split mode with the Sequencer routed to Module 8, OB-E provides the ability to create a complete three part soundscape from a single Patch. An all-new routable Stereo Delay provides sonically complimentary effects.
- Finally, we’ve complemented our instrument with 600+ factory patches designed by Dave Spiers and a roster of brilliant sound designers. Even better, each patch has been tagged, categorised and is quickly accessible from OB-E’s librarian (arrow navigation friendly).
I’M IN LOVE!!! THIS IS THE BEST SYNTH I’VE EVER USED IN MY LIFE. IT REALLY IS.
DEVELOPED FOR MAC. BIG-SUR COMPATIBLE
OB-E is a virtual instrument in the following formats:
- Standalone Application
The Minimum System Requirements are as follows:
- Intel or M1 Mac
- macOS 10.11.x or above
- 30MB of disk space
- Unique 8-Voice Octaphonic architecture
- An authentic sounding emulation of the Oberheim® 8-Voice
- Zero delay feedback filters
- 600 factory Patches designed to fit in a mix, all tagged and categorised
- Librarian for easy access to the Patches (Arrow Keys Navigation)
- Continuous, round-robin mode where each note uses a new voice
- ZOOM enlarges an individual SEM filling the UI with front and rear panels side by side
- Group mode to edit all Modules at once
- Individual SEM Copy, Paste and Save
- LFO, 3rd VCO doubling as a second LFO
- Multiple triggering modes; Polyphonic, Monophonic, Mono Legato, & Unison
- Fully featured analogues style MIDI Sequencer & Stereo Delay
- Upper/Lower sections can be Split across the keyboard
- Extensive Velocity & Aftertouch modulation
- Polyphonic aftertouch and MPE ready