A fusion of two great design ideas.
The OB-6 is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between two of the most influential synth designers in history — Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim. It’s an all-analog, 6-voice poly synth with voltage-controlled oscill...
Morgan Page on creating his sample pack for Splice: "I started by firing up all my analog synths, pre-amps, and compressors including: Dave Smith OB6, Dave Smith Prophet 08, Moog Voyager, Buchla Easel, and Virus TI2. Once they were stabilized and calibrated/tuned, I started recording various 4-bar chord progressions I thought were compelling."more
DSI OB-6 is easily visible in the opening song ("Leather Teeth"), just after the 04:04 time index. From a concert shot at the YMCA in Paris, France in 2018 (in the oldest basketball court in the world). Also discussed in an interview with [Decibel Magazine](http://https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2018/06/25/franck-hueso-carpenter-brut-synthwave/) (June 25th, 2018). > **What kind of gear did you use to realize Leather Teeth, musically?** **Franck Hueso:** I work mainly under Ableton Live, with a lot of plug-ins from Arturia and Korg. And I’m also starting to equip myself in hardware with a lot of Dave Smith Instruments-like the Pro 2, Prophet 6 and OB6. To record the guitars, we used an FX Axis and Universal Audio guitar amps.more
From a reddit comment by Lorn himself explaining how he created the sound for his song "Acid Rain" (https://www.reddit.com/r/synthesizers/comments/64r6uu/what_synths_is_used_by_lorn_specifically_in_this/dg4lkhz/) "several layers of a custom oberheim matrix 6 patch run through 1/4" tape and a thermionic culture vulture a few times. the entire track is also slowed down from its native speed/tuning within logic 9. *also thanks for the mention, i lurk here sometimes and it's a trip to see my track show up! **here's the sound reimagined with a DSI OB-6."more
How are you using it? “Live, I use a MIDI keyboard and use the MIDI THRU to my Moog Minitaur. I use three audio outputs from the OB-6: left and right to stereo DI, and headphone out to my Bugbrand PT delay, and use an expression pedal as an on/off switch. It’s also the perfect size to fit in my hand luggage for our fly-in shows! You’ve seen how the baggage handlers throw instruments right? So being able to avoid that with my OB-6 is a definite bonus. We are also using it to write our next record. It’s a great synth to write with, to experiment with, and to build up layers on. It currently features on all of the new songs. We expect the album to be out next year.”more
A fusion of two great design ideas.
The OB-6 is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between two of the most influential synth designers in history — Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim. It’s an all-analog, 6-voice poly synth with voltage-controlled oscillators, a state-variable filter, and voltage-controlled amplifiers, inspired by Tom’s original SEM design — the bedrock of his legendary 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers.
Manufactured and sold by Dave Smith Instruments, the OB-6 features six discrete analog voices with two oscillators (plus sub oscillator) per voice, continuously variable waveshapes with triangle, sawtooth, and variable-width pulse waves, X-mod with 2 sources and 5 destination, a 64-step polyphonic step sequencer, dual digital effects that include faithful recreations of Tom’s acclaimed phase shifter and ring modulator, a full-featured arpeggiator, and a powerful, in-your-face, sonic signature like no other instrument.
This analog powerhouse is packed into a four-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, making it perfect for stage or studio.
Modulation of the filter type via your choice of sources is heaven...but just the start of this magic piece.
Hands down one of the most expressive synths I’ve ever laced hands on. It’s truly an instrument in the way many other fantastic offerings by other (including other DSI offerings) just haven’t pulled off. Thats what set this synth apart from the others for me. It’s just insanely expressive in such an effortless way- in addition to sounding beautiful.
This is one synth you really have to put hands on & play to really appreciate. No sound demos are gonna really tell the story. No review can explain what it is to play.