Arturia has cut the price for iSEM – its software version of the Oberheim SEM synthesizer module – to $4.99 for a limited time.
Arturia has updated the Origin OS to version 1.4.0.
This new version includes:
- New Oberheim SEM Filter module.
- New Voice Modulator module inspired by the classic Oberheim 8-Voice.
- Multi FX Mode introducing a new FX routing with 2 Inserts per channel, 2 Auxiliaries, and 2 Master Bus.
- New Tonewheel percussion parameter.
- Trig inputs now accept any modulation.
See the Arturia site for details.
Here’s an analog vs virtual analog comparison, via virtualoberheim, of the SonicProjects OP-X PRO-II virtual Oberheim VSTi software synth for Windows and a vintage Oberheim OB-X Rev.2.
The lower manual in the video is an USB MDI master keyboard (an Emu Xboard 61) which drives OP-X PRO-II hosted in Steinberg Cubase 5. No effects or any other treatments were involved, both OB-X and OP-X PRO-II were recorded directly to disk, OB-X over the line inputs of an RME HDSP 9632.
The video switches quickly back and forth between the two sources, making it easy to listen for differences.
Check it out and let us know what you think! Can you hear differences between the vintage Oberheim and its virtual recreation?
Studio Electronics today introduced the Boomstar family of synthesizers – four new analog synths, each priced at $899.
The four synths share a common 2-oscillator analog synth architecture. The synth is offered, though, with four different filter types:
- 4075-classic Arp 2600
- 5089-classic Moog 24db ladder
- SEM-classic Oberheim 12db
- 303-classic Roland TB.
SE calls the Boomstar “the ultimate desktop analog synthesizer for those who remember the electronic analog sound”.