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Dave Smith Instruments Begins Shipping OB-6 Desktop Analog Synth Module

Desktop Version of Tom Oberheim/Dave Smith Synth Collaboration Now Available
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Desktop Version of Tom Oberheim/Dave Smith Synth Collaboration Now Available


Dave Smith Instruments LLC today began shipping a desktop module version of their acclaimed OB-6 six-voice analog synthesizer. It boasts a sound engine identical to the keyboard version, which was inspired by Tom Oberheim’s original SEM. It features an all-analog signal path with discrete VCOs, VCAs, and filters. Like the keyboard version, the knob-per-function front panel offers immediate access to virtually all parameters.

As Dave Smith explained: “The OB-6 has met with unprecedented approval from across the music industry. In just the six months since its release, it’s been adopted by an extraordinary number of artists and is already appearing in projects across the world.” Added Smith: “We wanted to make the desktop version available as quickly as possible to make it even easier for musicians to take it on the road or into the studio. We made it a priority that the desktop version retain the same powerful sound, and easy-to-use front panel interface as the keyboard version.” Smith continued: “We also added a poly chain feature so that any two OB-6s can be paired for 12-voice polyphony.”

The essence of OB-6’s vintage sound is its discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) and discrete, state-variable filter, both based on the classic Oberheim SEM (the core of Tom Oberheim’s acclaimed 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers). Voltage-controlled amplifiers complete the all-analog signal path. Said Tom Oberheim: “The desktop module sounds every bit as good as the OB-6 keyboard because, on the inside, it’s exactly the same — the same VCOs, VCFs, and VCAs and the same big, in-your-face SEM sound that people have always loved.”

The module weighs approximately 13 lbs (5.9 kg) and measures 20.75” L x 7.8” W x 4.4” H (52.0 cm x 19.8.cm x 11.2 cm).

The OB-6 desktop module is available now with a MAP of $2,299.

About Dave Smith Instruments LLC
Launched in 2002, Dave Smith Instruments LLC is helmed by legendary musical instrument designer and Grammy® award winner Dave Smith. Dave’s many accomplishments include the creation of the Prophet-5—the world’s first fully programmable polyphonic synthesizer—and his legacy as the primary driving force behind MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).

Dave Smith Instruments LLC’s products are used by an ever-growing roster of well-known musicians and are available from music retailers worldwide. Instruments include the Prophet-6, OB-6, Pro 2, Prophet 12, Prophet ‘08, Mopho x4, and the Tempest analog drum machine. Dave Smith Instruments LLC is based in San Francisco, where the instruments are also manufactured. For more information, visit www.davesmithinstruments.com.

About Tom Oberheim
The creator of the world’s first commercially available polyphonic synthesizers, Tom Oberheim has been responsible for some of the most acclaimed and sought-after electronic instruments ever. These include the original Oberheim 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers, the OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8, as well as the Matrix 12 and Expander. After a hiatus from instrument design, Tom is once again building synthesizers through his company, Marion Systems.