GForce Oberheim OB-X Emulates Classic ’80s Synth

GForce Software has introduced Oberheim OB-X, an official virtual instrument based on the classic hardware synthesizer.

The original synth was used by Japan, Ultravox, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Depeche Mode, Queen, Youth, Chris Franke, Styx and many others.

GForce says that Oberheim OB-X provides an authentic experience, but it has been enhanced with up to 16 voice polyphony, a vintage control for adding subtle analogue imperfections, four programmable Macros, new intro, retrigger, phase and smoothing features for the LFO, new level destination for the LFO, separate PWM1 and 2, discrete levels, discreet tracking, an arpeggiator, a chord mode with scaler, Chorus, Stereo Delay and Reverb effects, and more.

In addition, the GForce OB-X has been augmented with X-Modifiers, dedicated LFOs and ADSRs for almost all parameters, taking the OB-X to the new level of sound design possibilities.

Oberheim OB-X also features 400+ presets from Light Bath, GEOsynth, Christian Lafitte, Richard Veenstra and Ramon Kerstens (K/V), Tontario, Stuart Thomas, Zardonic, Drew Schlesinger, Drew Neumann, Noyzlab, Dave Spiers, Tom Wolfe, Graeme Rawson and others.

Pricing and Availability

GForce Oberheim OB-X is available now, with an intro price of £59.99 (normally £99.99).

11 thoughts on “GForce Oberheim OB-X Emulates Classic ’80s Synth

  1. I’m confused. I think something like 8 months ago, I bought something from Gforce that was Oberheimish… Maybe it’s just monophoic… Is this just that X 8?

    1. The one you have from before is the Oberheim SEM, which will share some characteristics with the OBX but it is a different instrument with different features, sounds, structure, etc. The SEM is more modular, while the OBX is a late 70s-early 80s analog polysynth like the Prophet 5 or MemoryMoog with centralized control over it’s various voices, while the SEM has independent modules per voice.

    2. So you bought it and never used it? Odd choice (to me).

      Gforce has a SEM monosynth, an OB-E (SEM) polysynth, and now the OB-X.

      The OB-X8 is a hardware synth by Sequential Oberheim.

  2. If you’re going for an OB, this seems like a top-3 choice. Arturia’s version is competitive with it. Synapse Audio’s Obsession likewise. There are numerous OB-Xs around now, free and otherwise. I feel a bit overloaded by the number, noting that none of them are slouches. Its not the most exotic poly design, but that voice, ooo baby…. I’m leaning towards this one because M-Tron Pro is such a solid player for me.

    1. To be exact, Arturia and Synapse Audio emulate the OB-Xa, while this is a take on the OB-X. Different synths, but closely related.

  3. I see a lot of people on KvR that are not impressed by it, characterize the sound as something VST like 15 years ago. This one is not for me, I think I have enough analog emulations already

  4. Looks like GForce is a fan of Alex Ball, my favorite synth related YouTuber. More companies should hire him for their demos. If you haven’t already, check him out!

  5. Its easy to end up over-collecting VAs. I get the “15 years ago” comment. This is just one of those cases where the basic voice has a unique flavor. IMO, its not a major soloing synth, but when effected, its poly & pad characters really stand out from Moogs, etc. Tom has his own design touch, just like Bob did.

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