Oberheim OB-X8 Desktop Module Now Shipping

Synth pioneer Tom Oberheim has announced that the Oberheim OB-X8 Desktop synthesizer is now available.

The OB-X8 desktop version condenses the sonic power of the Oberheim OB-X, OB-Xa and OB-8 into a compact desktop module. It features an identical sound engine to the keyboard version, with an all-analog signal path with discrete VCOs, VCAs, and filters.

And like the keyboard version, it features a knob-per-function interface, designed to give you immediate access to virtually all of the synth’s parameters. The Arpeggiator and Keyboard Split & Double functionality are maintained from the keyboard version.


  • 8-voice polyphonic analog synth brings the full suite of OB-X8’s sonic possibilities to a portableD desktop module
  • 3 all-analog synths in one: the Oberheim OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8
  • 2 discrete OB-X/SEM-lineage VCOs per voice and discrete SEM-lineage VCFs deliver vintage Oberheim tone and power
  • Genuine Dave Curtis-designed filters for classic OB-Xa and OB-8 character
  • Additional SEM modes for highpass, bandpass, and notch functions
  • Vintage knob dials in voice-to-voice variability
  • Carefully modeled envelope responses for each model; components as well as interactions between components analyzed for 1:1 realism
  • Bi-timbral capability allows 2 presets to be played simultaneously
  • Up to 8-voice unison stacking
  • Programmable per-voice pan for a wide stereo spread
  • Variable triangle wave cross modulation
  • Pitch and Mod levers for note bending, vibrato, and arpeggiator access
  • Includes 400+ presets from the original 3 models as well as new ones
  • Over 600 user presets
  • OLED display shows program information and accesses advanced features
  • MIDI and USB allow for compatibility with any setup
  • Walnut end caps

Pricing and Availability:

The Oberheim OB-X8 Desktop Synthesizer Module is available now for $3,499 USD.


15 thoughts on “Oberheim OB-X8 Desktop Module Now Shipping

    1. Really? There are solutions for that. I find it much more annoying that they didn’t designed this for 19″ when it could easily be done.

  1. One thing I like about the idea of a module vs. a keyboard is that I was never a fan of the Oberheim style and method of pitch bend and modulation. I think you can reverse the polarity of the pitch paddle, but not the mod paddle, afaik.

    1. Different strokes for different folks. I’ve never felt more Herbie Hancock-inspired in my life than with the OB-X8 style pitch bend.

  2. Oh well, yet another resurrection of old synth – how inventive 😉
    Looks like we have reached saturation point with constantly reissuing old synths…

    1. Companies make stuff that sells. Just like there is a market for $5000 Gibson guitars, there is also a market for high quality remakes of classic synths.

  3. I still hope for a day when a manufacturer offers a controller keyboard that’s right between klacky and overly stiff. (Arturia comes close.) If you’re just step-sequencing, its a minor point, but it matters a lot to keyboard *players*. I know, its the eternal “Phantom of the Controller Soap Opera,” but it’d be ideal for a module like this. Too bad the traditional fix is to buy a flagship instrument to get a better keybed.

  4. I kind of wanna know the story of why Tom Oberheim has a ‘Visitor’ smock on in this photo…

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