Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 Synthesizer Sound Demo

This video, via Bonedo, captures an audio demo of the new Tom Oberheim & Dave Smith synth collaboration, the OB-6 synthesizer.

The Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 is a 6-voice synth, with a sound engine inspired by Oberheim’s original SEM (the core of his acclaimed 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers).  Continue reading

Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 Hands-On Demo

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2016 NAMM Show: At the Winter NAMM Show, Dave Smith Instruments introduced the OB-6, a collaboration between synth pioneers Dave Smith & Tom Oberheim.

The OB-6 is a 6-voice synthesizer, with all-analog signal path and discrete VCOs and filters, with a sound engine inspired by Oberheim’s original SEM.

Here’s a video demo, from the NAMM Show floor, of the new OB-6: Continue reading

Dave Smith & Tom Oberheim Intro OB-6 Synthesizer

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, Dave Smith Instruments has announced the OB-6, a new 6-voice synthesizer, with all-analog signal path and discrete VCOs and filters, developed in collaboration with Tom Oberheim.

Boasting a sound engine inspired by Oberheim’s original SEM (the core of his acclaimed 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers), the new instrument is designed to provide true, vintage SEM tone with the stability and flexibility of modern technology.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

What’s Dave Smith Bringing To The 2016 NAMM Show? (Sneak Preview)

This short video, via LA industrial band 3Teeth, offers an unofficial teaser of what Dave Smith Instruments is bringing to the 2016 NAMM Show, scheduled for next week in Anaheim, CA.  Continue reading

Dave Smith & John Chowning Introduce FM Synthesis On The Prophet 12

dave-smith-instruments-prophet-12Dave Smith Instruments has released a new operating system for the Prophet 12 that adds a number of user-requested features, including:

  • Linear frequency modulation for classic FM synthesis
  • Support for up to 16 alternate tunings (a set of 16 popular tunings is included)
  • Assignable voice-stacking in Union mode
  • MIDI note output for the arpeggiator
  • New modulation destinations (Slop, Osc All Shape, All Delays)
  • Disable screen save option for OLED display
  • Soft knobs allow Playlist List and Set selection

Here’s a video, featuring FM synthesis pioneer John Chowning & Dave Smith introducing linear FM synthesis on the Prophet 12: Continue reading

Prophet 12 OS Update To Bring Linear FM Synthesis

dave-smith-john-chowning-prophet-12-fm-synthesisDave Smith Instruments shared this image, capturing Dave Smith talking with John Chowning, creator of the FM synthesis algorithm. FM synthesis revolutionized keyboards in the 80s, as a result of Yamaha’s implementation in its DX line of synths. Continue reading