GForce Software just introduced OB-E, their take on the legendary 8-Voice Oberheim SEM. More than just an emulation, OB-E offers a unique musical experience. Sounding HUGE, it takes the iconic Synthesiser Expander Module (SEM®) based 8-Voice (a.k.a EVS) into new sonic territory via a raft of enhancements and additions.
A Monster Instrument With Modern Benefits
The original instrument is a physical monster, yet the concept of the 8-Voice is actually very simple; based around a single Synthesiser Expander Module containing two VCOs with Pulse and Sawtooth waveforms, two ADS Envelope Generators, one LFO, and a magical Multi-Mode Filter. In isolation a SEM is monophonic, but in the 8-Voice, because there are eight SEMs triggered by a polyphonic keyboard, you have a superb eight-note polyphonic synthesizer.
According to the company, they’ve painstakingly emulated every section of the synth to create an authentic sounding instrument with the convenience of software control over those eight SEM modules. Mono, Poly, Unison, Split, it’s all yours now. Users also get 600+ factory Patches designed by Dave Spiers and a roster of brilliant sound designers. Even better, each patch has been tagged, categorised and is quickly accessible from the OB-E’s librarian (arrow navigation friendly).
To their knowledge, OB-E is also the first commercial virtual instrument with complete per-voice ‘octaphonic’ control to create truly huge sounds. Yet OB-E is a breeze to program thanks to the re-sizable User Interface, Zoom view, and Group & Offset edit modes.
FYI: OB-E has only been built for Mac at present, but the GForce team will guage demand for a PC version.
Unique 8-Voice Octaphonic architecture
An authentic sounding emulation of the Oberheim® 8-Voice
Zero delay feedback filters
600 factory Patches designed to fit in a mix, all tagged and categorised
Librarian for easy access to the presets (Arrow Keys Navigation)
Continuous, round-robin mode where each note use a new voice
ZOOM enlarges a single SEM with front & rear panels side by side
Group mode to edit all Modules at once
Individual Synthesiser Expander Module Copy, Paste and Save
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