Archive for July, 2022

Breaking News! Global Chip Shortage takes another victim, The Bastl Instruments Thyme Effects Processor


Global chip shortage has claimed another victim, the Bastl Instruments Thyme effects processor.


The Thyme effects processor is described as ‘a sequenceable robot-operated digital tape machine’. It is a stereo effects processor, designed for the exploration the space between classical multi-effects categories (delay, phaser, reverb, chorus, pitch shifter, multi-tap delay, tape delay, tremolo, vibrato, compressor).


Bastl Instruments announced that they are retiring Thyme via Twitter:


“Good night sweet prince. You have fallen victim to the global chip shortage like many others. ?  Sweet dream…you will not be forgotten. ?”




Oberheim OB-X8 Vs Vintage OB-X Head-To-Head Comparison test, “listen and judge for yourself”



With Tom Oberheim‘s recent introduction of the new Oberheim OB-X8, many people have been wondering how the sound of the new synth compares to the vintage Oberheim keyboards. Rather than dodging scrutiny over how close the sound of the OB-X8 gets to that of the original OBs, though, the company is fully embracing the lineage.


The Oberheim OB-X8 is a new synth design that combines the three different voice architectures of the classic OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 synths into a single instrument. The individual filter types and other unique characteristics of each model have been recreated, along with an 100% analog signal path.


In this official Oberheim video, Marcus Ryle, co-designer of the Oberheim OB-X8 and an Oberheim engineer from 1980 to 1985, walks through all 32 of the factory presets on his original OB-X, to demonstrate how faithfully the new OB-X8 reproduces each one.


All examples are recorded direct in mono, without EQ or effects.


Watch the demo and share your thoughts.



0:00 Intro

1:38 Bank A Presets

6:32 Bank B Presets

7:50 Bank C Presets

10:33 Bank D Presets



So, does the OB-X8 have the same magic as the OB-X? We advise you to take Oberheim’s advice and “listen and judge for yourself”.





Oberheim OB-X8, new ‘An Amazing-Sounding Instrument’, Now Shipping


Tom Oberheim has announced  that the new Oberheim OB-X8 is now shipping.


Oberheim OB-X8 is a new design that combines the three different voice architectures of the classic OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 synths into a single instrument. The individual filter types and other unique characteristics of each model have been faithfully reproduced, along with an 100% analog signal path.


“It’s an exciting day for Oberheim and for musicians anxiously waiting for the OB-X8,” said company founder Tom Oberheim. “We’re proud to reintroduce the Oberheim sound in a new instrument. But even more, we’re proud that we’ve been able to combine the voice architectures of the various original OB series synths in a way that gives players unique new sounds and capabilities that even the originals didn’t have. It’s an amazing-sounding instrument.”



The Oberheim OB-X8 offers broader synthesis options and expressive capabilities than its predecessors, including:


  • Additional SEM filter modes add high-pass, band-pass, and notch functions to the classic OB-X filter
  • Vintage knob allows variable amounts of voice-to-voice variability to emulate the behavior of vintage instruments
  • Velocity sensitivity adds expressiveness to volume and filter
  • Channel Aftertouch adds real-time performance-based modulation
  • Enhanced unison allows variable voice stacking from 1-8 voices
  • Variable triangle wave cross-modulation
  • Over 600 user-programmable preset locations
  • Programmable per-program pan allows wider stereo presence
  • Variable oscillator and noise levels





  • 8-voice, pure-analog polyphony with saw, square/pulse, triangle, and noise
  • Two discrete SEM/OB-X-lineage VCOs per voice deliver classic Oberheim tone
  • Discrete SEM-lineage VCFs deliver authentic OB-X-style tone and presence
  • Genuine Curtis filters add bold OB-Xa/OB-8 character
  • Meticulously modeled envelope responses match each OB model: OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8
  • The 61-key FATAR velocity- and touch-sensitive keyboard offers expanded expression and responsiveness
  • Bi-timbral capability allows two presets simultaneously for splits and doubles
  • 400-plus factory programs, including the full set of factory sounds for the OB-X, OB-SX, OB-Xa, and OB-8
  • Integral, fanless, heatsink-free power supply
  • Real walnut end cheeks
  • High-resolution OLED display enables patch management and easy access to advanced features
  • Classic Oberheim Pitch and Mod levers allow expressive note bending, vibrato, and access to arpeggiator functions


Oberheim OB-X8 Audio Demo:


The Oberheim OB-X8 is now shipping, with a retail price of $4,999.