Obxd Synthesizer emulator
June 14, 2014 5:36 PM   Subscribe

Emulation of famous OB-X, OB-Xa and OB-8 synths. Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, for Windows and Mac.
posted by Chocolate Pickle (21 comments total) 58 users marked this as a favorite
Oh, so downloaded. Haven't loaded up the patches yet, but the synth itself is fabulous.
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:48 PM on June 14, 2014

So this runs within Logic (or GB)?
posted by cjorgensen at 6:36 PM on June 14, 2014

Drag & drop into folders for Logic -- haven't launched Garage Band to see, yet. The presets are manifold and copious.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:07 PM on June 14, 2014

ooooh this will go well with the Arturia SEM-V emulator
posted by infinitewindow at 7:10 PM on June 14, 2014

the AU synth and the preset downloads are awesome.
posted by readyfreddy at 7:30 PM on June 14, 2014

I just tested this out quickly in Garage Band, and that is a damn fine sounding synth!
posted by Jimbob at 8:38 PM on June 14, 2014

For the less-synth-techie folks out there like myself, I found a dead-simple way to check this out on a Win PC without a DAW ...



Now would someone please explain the Oberheim's internal signal routing? Not obvious from the GUI. A block diagram would be super-helpful right about now. Thanks.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:07 PM on June 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

OB-X Owner's Manual (1180 version)
OB-X Service Manual (full wiring block diagram)
OB-Xa User's Manual (this may have a useful block diagram)
posted by infinitewindow at 10:55 PM on June 14, 2014 [4 favorites]

Thanks, infinitewindow!
posted by ZenMasterThis at 11:08 PM on June 14, 2014

Yes. Awesome find.
posted by Artful Codger at 7:59 AM on June 15, 2014

I may have just learned that GarageBand 10 does not support plug-ins. Ugh. Apple giveth, Apple taketh away.
posted by sourwookie at 8:15 AM on June 15, 2014

posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:36 AM on June 15, 2014

I always figured the first plugin to hit MetaFilter would be MetaFilter.

(Personally I find Waves stuff almost laughably overpriced, given the great free and cheap stuff out there. But some people still associate quality with money spent.)
posted by Foosnark at 9:08 AM on June 15, 2014

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posted by sonascope at 9:11 AM on June 15, 2014

For those who prefer to drop some coin, this plugin is pretty much spot-on:

OP-X PRO-II by Sonic Projects
posted by grumpybear69 at 12:55 PM on June 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

oh my god thanks for posting this!!!!
posted by Annika Cicada at 1:24 PM on June 15, 2014

Linux people may wish to note that Qtractor claims to optionally "(opted-in at build time)" support VST.

No guarantee of success (IIRC there once existed VSTs that did not play on both Mac and Win), but maybe worthashot.
posted by Twang at 3:22 PM on June 15, 2014

Finally got around to installing this...it's pretty rad. Shockingly good for a free soft synth.

Now I'm off to make spacemusick ttyl
posted by Doleful Creature at 1:46 AM on June 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

sounds pretty good (i'm not an oberheim enthusiast in particular so I can't vouch for accurate) but seems to take some serious CPU time
posted by atoxyl at 10:00 AM on June 16, 2014

What would you expect? Emulating a tunable filter digitally involves a lot of math.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 1:21 PM on June 16, 2014

What would you expect? Emulating a tunable filter digitally involves a lot of math.

Implementing an IIR filter that approximates a certain response "directly" with traditional DSP techniques doesn't, at least compared to the amount of math a modern computer can handle. Emulating in full detail with circuit/component simulation, as the most sophisticated virtual analogue synths do now, does, if that's what you mean. This is really resource intensive compared to most synth plugins. Essentially I was wondering if it is one of said advanced emulations or just poorly coded.
posted by atoxyl at 3:40 PM on June 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

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