Is Sequential – which has collaborated with Tom Oberheim on the OB-6 and recently introduced a Prophet-5 reissue – going to reissue the classic Oberheim OB-X?
We haven’t seen any official word from Sequential on this yet, but on Jan 5, 2021, the company has filed to trademark ‘OB-X’ for use with ‘Musical instruments, namely, keyboards; music synthesizers’. And the company traditionally introduces a new synthesizer around the time of the NAMM Show, which is scheduled this year for Jan 20-23, as an online event.
The Oberheim OB-X is a pioneering polyphonic analog synthesizer, originally available in 4-, 6- and 8-voice configurations. The OB-X features a dual VCO + VCF + VCA synth voice, with the filter based on the Oberheim S.E.M. The S.E.M. was also the inspiration for Sequential’s OB-6 design.
“It’s not often that you get to revisit your past, retrieve some of its magic, and give it new life,” said Sequential head Dave Smith, on the release of the Prophet-5/10 rev4. “It’s gratifying to rediscover that its sound and aesthetics are just as appealing now as they were then.”
Could a similar reissue be coming for the OB-X? Share your thoughts in the comments!