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Dave Smith Instruments
OB-6 6 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

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OB-6 6 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer
OB-6 6 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer OB-6 6 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer OB-6 6 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer OB-6 6 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer OB-6 6 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

Dave Smith Instruments OB-6

The OB-6 is the result of collaboration between synth legends Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim. Inspired by the latter’s original SEM, the OB-6 features an all-analog signal path comprised of 6 voices (each with 2 VCOs, 1 sub oscillator), the classic Oberheim 2-pole filter (which can vary from lowpass, highpass, bandpass, and notch), a VCA section, and a 49-key keyboard spanning 4 octaves.

However, the OB-6 isn’t completely analogue, and for good reason. This hybrid beast features a dual digital effects section comprised of classic effects like Reverb, Delay, Flanger, Ring Modulation, and a Phase Shifter. The latter two effects are based on Oberheim’s original designs. Additionally, there is an X-Mod section, sourced from the filter envelope section and VCO2, which opens up the creative space for complex modulations and unorthodox sound design. These two sources can be sent to VCO1 parameters like frequency, shape, and pulse width, or they can be routed to the filter to control parameters like cutoff and mode.

OB-6 Synthesizer Features

OSCILLATORS

  • Two discrete VCOs per voice
  • Continuously variable wave shape (sawtooth and variable-width pulse, plus triangle on oscillator 2) per oscillator
  • Pulse width per oscillator
  • Hard sync: oscillator 1 syncs to oscillator 2
  • Square wave sub-octave generator (oscillator 1) per voice
  • Low frequency mode (oscillator 2)
  • Keyboard tracking on/off (oscillator 2)
  • Oscillator detune amount for increased tuning instability, from subtle to extreme

MIXER

  • Oscillator 1 amount
  • Oscillator 1 sub-octave amount
  • Oscillator 2 amount
  • White noise amount

STATE-VARIABLE FILTER

  • Two-pole, resonant, filter per voice with low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and notch functionality inspired by the original Oberheim SEM filter
  • Bi-polar filter envelope amount
  • Velocity modulation of envelope amount
  • Keyboard tracking: off, half, full

FILTER ENVELOPE

  • Four-stage (ADSR) envelope generator
  • Velocity modulation of envelope amount

AMPLIFIER ENVELOPE

  • Four-stage (ADSR) envelope generator
  • Velocity modulation of envelope amount

LOW FREQUENCY OSCILLATOR

  • Five wave shapes: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, and random (sample and hold)
  • Clock sync (internal or external MIDI clock)
  • Initial amount
  • Mod destinations: oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 2 frequency, oscillator 1 and 2 pulse width, filter cutoff, filter mode

X-MOD

  • Sources: filter envelope (bi-polar) and oscillator 2 (bi-polar)
  • Destinations: oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 1 shape, oscillator 1 pulse width, filter cutoff, filter mode

AFTERTOUCH

  • Source: channel (mono) aftertouch with bi-polar amount
  • Destinations: oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 2 frequency, LFO amount, amplifier envelope amount, filter envelope amount

CLOCK

  • Master clock with tap tempo
  • BPM control and display
  • MIDI clock sync

ARPEGGIATOR

  • Selectable note value: 16th note, 8th note triplet, 8th note, dotted 8th note, quarter note
  • One, two, or three octave range
  • Up, down, up/down, random, and assign modes

SEQUENCER

  • Polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps and rests

EFFECTS

  • Stereo analog distortion
  • Dual, 24-bit, 48 kHz digital effects, including: reverb (room, hall, plate, spring), delay (full bandwidth digital delay and emulated bucket brigade and tape delays), chorus, flanger, phase shifters, and ring modulator
  • Delay sync
  • True bypass maintains fully analog signal path when digital effects are off

PERFORMANCE CONTROLS

  • Full-sized, semi-weighted, 4-octave keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
  • Backlit pitch and mod wheels
  • Spring-loaded pitch wheel with selectable range per program (1 to 12 semitones up and down)
  • Transpose controls for an 8-octave range
  • Hold switch latches held notes on
  • Polyphonic portamento
  • Unison (monophonic) mode with configurable voice count, from one to all six voices, chord memory, and key modes
  • Manual switch: when off, the front panel is live; what you see is what you hear

PATCH MEMORY

  • 500 user and 500 factory programs in 10 banks of 100 programs each
  • Direct program access, including single-button access to the current set of 10 programs

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IN/OUT

  • Left/mono and right audio outputs (2 x 1/4” phone jack)
  • Headphone output (stereo, 1/4” phone jack)
  • MIDI in, out, and thru ports
  • USB for bidirectional MIDI communication
  • Filter cutoff expression pedal input
  • Volume expression pedal input
  • Sustain footswitch input
  • Sequencer start/stop footswitch input

POWER

  • IEC AC power inlet for internal power supply
  • Operates worldwide on voltages between 100 and 240 volts at 50 to 60 Hz; 30 watts maximum power consumption

PHYSICAL SPECS

  • 32” L x 12.7” W x 4.6″ H (81.3 cm x 32.3 cm x 11.7 cm)
  • 20 lbs (9.5 kg)

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