GForce Introduces OB-EZ Simply Majestic Virtual Instrument

GForce OB-EZ packs 8 voices of fat Oberheim goodness into a simple plugin instrument.

GForce OB-E has received praise for being a spot-on software emulation of the Oberheim 8 Voice, but its multi-module architecture might feel a little daunting to those who just want great sounds, fast. And so now GForce has released OB-EZ, a stripped-back version of the plugin that promises to combine carefully-selected presets with a streamlined control set.

It was created for producers who want to inject that thick, organic and majestic sound in their tracks quickly with a new streamlined workflow.

The 260+ patches that come with OB-EZ are designed to have just as much fatness and punch as those that are supplied with the OB-E. The difference is that they’re more easily tweakable.

Thanks to their unique octaphonic architecture, not many synths sound as fat as these in the software domain.

The idea here is to give you just the ‘essential’ parameters – cutoff, resonance, envelopes, tuning, portamento, delay and reverb, for example. Everything you need and nothing you don’t, basically. A Vintage knob enables you to dial in unpredictable analogue imperfections, there are panning modes for wide soundscapes, and vibrato for some characteristic wobble.

The presets cover everything from classic polysynth sounds to “mega octaphonic pads”, unison basses and recreations of tones you’ve heard on hit records. The UI is resizable, and MIDI mapping is supported.

OB-EZ is available now for the introductory price of £24.99, rising to £49.99 in due course (existing OB-E owners should note that they get it for free, and the ability to import OB-EZ presets into OB-E is on the way). It runs on PC and Mac as standalone application and in VST/AU/AAX plugin formats. Find out more on the GForce Software website.

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