Oberheim TEO-5 Synthesizer Offers Classic Oberheim Sound In A Compact Format

At Superbooth 2024, Oberheim today introduced the TEO-5 synthesizer, an new instrument that they say blends “classic analog warmth and modern versatility”.

The Oberheim TEO-5 is the latest design from synth pioneer Thomas Elroy Oberheim (TEO), which explains the name. “I’m so proud to be able to make a synth like this… compact and affordable, the Oberheim sound for 2024,” he says.

Oberheim TEO-5 Intro Video:

The TEO-5 is designed to make the classic Oberheim tone palette widely accessible, encapsulating decades of analog engineering experience.

The new synth features a five-voice architecture with genuine analog VCOs and VCFs. But TEO-5 isn’t just a tribute to the past. Additions like through-zero FM, which adds a contemporary twist to its oscillator X-Mod feature, allow for the exploration of entirely new sonic textures. And the legendary Oberheim SEM filter returns, offering the versatility of morphing between low-pass, notch, and high-pass configurations, along with a switchable band-pass mode for extensive tonal shaping.

Beyond its core synthesis architecture, TEO-5 features a comprehensive modulation matrix. Digital effects processors provide classic chorus, delay, reverb, and more, alongside recreations of the classic Oberheim Ring Mod and Phasor effects.

Performance features include a 64-step polyphonic sequencer and multimode arpeggiator, along with a premium Fatar keybed.

“There was a huge surge of interest when Oberheim returned in 2022 with the historically inspired OB-X8,” said David Gibbons, CEO of Oberheim. “But Tom and the design team were keen to show that the magic of Oberheim can be within reach for everyone, and can bringa distinctive modern flavor. TEO-5 is an exciting addition to the Oberheim legacy.”

Pricing and Availability:

The Oberheim TEO-5 synthesizer is available now for $1,499.99.

2 thoughts on “Oberheim TEO-5 Synthesizer Offers Classic Oberheim Sound In A Compact Format

  1. I was wondering when Tom would offer something below the OB-X8 level. This one really bats above its weight class. A pleasant surprise. Good teaser demo with a little range, too. A lot of manufacturers just drop a filter sweep in and strike a pose.

  2. Ooh, right in the feels. My first analog was a Matrix-6 which I bought with no clue of what matrix modulation was (the hard way; it’s programmed entirely though membrane switches and I had no manual nor any easy way of finding one at the time). Although I kinda fell out of love with the Oberheim sound over time (a little too brassy/glassy for my taste), I still have fond memories of learning a more advanced kind of synth programming with it. This is a lovely mix of classic styling and modern innovation. The combination of Weird Sound Potential and an actually usable interface makes this a must-buy. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for ther est of my life.

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