Arturia Oberheim SEM V Synthesizer Details

Arturia Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module

Arturia released details on a new virtual analog, the Oberheim SEM V.

The software synthesizer is designed to recreate Oberheim’s classic SEM – Synthesizer Expander Module – but enhanced with features made possible through software.


  • All the original parameters of the Oberheim SEM : two oscillators, each offering sawtooth wave and variable-width pulse wave with PWM, sine wave LFO, 12dB/oct multi-mode Filter with low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and notch, two ADS envelopes
  • Added functionalities : New LFO, Noise, Sub oscillator, on board effects (distortion, chorus and delay), Arpeggiator, Portamento
  • Polyphony and 8 Voice Multitimbrality
  • New 8-voice Programmer module
  • Advanced Keyboard follow module
  • Modulation Matrix module
  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4 & 3, 64 bit & 32 bit, RTAS and AU 32 & 64 bit formats
  • Compatible with Windows (XP/Vista/Seven 32 bit and 64 bit), Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, Intel only)

The Oberheim SEM V is expected to be available in December, for US $ 249 / EURO 229.

See the Arturia site for audio previews.

6 thoughts on “Arturia Oberheim SEM V Synthesizer Details

  1. @Sine: that discussion is SO tiresome. A plugin/emulation may not be the “real thing” (whatever that is), but a talented programmer will no doubt pull out some nice sounds out of it. So what’s your problem?

    1. Agreed. A plugin like Aalto – now that’s nice, and well worth the money. Much better than spending $30k on a hardware Buchla…

      But this is overpriced for what it is, no matter how good an emulation it is.

  2. Oberheim synths were always my favorite back in the day. It’s great to see a VS show up for one. And FWIW, the “real thing” was heavy, much more limited that you think it was, and required regular maintenance. I’ll take a VS any day, because if you know what you are doing in a DAW the listener will never hear the difference.

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