In his latest video, Starsky Carr takes a look at two modern synths descended from the classic Oberheim OB-Xa, the Behringer UB-Xa vs Oberheim OB-X8.
- The Behringer UB-Xa is an modern take on the OB-Xa, copying the original’s look, name and voice architecture and updating it with expanded polyphony and a keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch.
- The Oberheim OB-X8 is a modern synth design, created by Tom Oberheim. The OB-X8 builds on the capabilities of three of his classic synths – the OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8. It works as a modern take of those synths, but it’s an original Oberheim design that offers better synthesis options and expressive capabilities than its predecessors.
Carr focuses on comparing these synths as a modern OB-Xa. If that’s what you’re looking for, Carr argues that that the Oberheim ‘has more presence’, but the UB-Xa offers a great option that’s much cheaper. On the other hand, if you want a modern Oberheim synth, the OB-X8 not only “nails the sound” of the synths that it builds on, but offers much better synthesis options than its predecessors.
Check out the video and share your thoughts on the two synths in the comments!