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Songs featuring Oberheim 8 Voice?
Old 4th December 2019
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^madman!
Incidentally, the soundtrack to the horror-flick MADMAN (1982) was recorded with an Oberheim 4-voice (amongst other synths).

Most of the theme song was done on the 4-voice, and it was also used throughout the score.



Steve Horelick's score was supposed to be released on CD a few years ago but as far as I can tell it never materialized.
Old 4th December 2019
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He used a lot of P5 starting around that time, but he still used the Obie too.

In the live video of “River People” that Toobdude posted above, he’s clearly playing the opening pad on the Oberheim. That show (‘78 Offenbach) is all over Youtube, and if you watch more of it you can figure out his rig pretty easily—the P5 is living on Joe’s left, with the Arp 2600 keyboards.

Slightly off-topic, Zawinul did move away from the OB 4 voice/8 voice and toward the Prophet Fives (he toured with two) as his main poly synth...and I always felt like the music lost a little bit of magic when that happened. But the Prophet’s ability to save a lot of presets made it far more practical to gig with than the 8 voice was.
Joe’s main synth was his T8 when I saw him a decade or so ago.
Old 4th December 2019
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Thought I'd start posting some movie soundtracks that feature the Oberheim 4 & 8 voice...


Falcon and the snowman (1985) - Pat Metheny group



Lyle Mays on custom modified 4-voice (actually two 4-voices) with 4 oscillators per voice with standard 4-voice cycling etc. The standard 8-voice at the time could not do this. In the first piece 'Level of deception' it was mainly used for those deep unison bass sounds (all 16 oscillators firing!) which sound absolutely massive towards the end of the track. In the other pieces the obie is responsible for the big and warm pads in the background.
Old 5th December 2019
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Joe’s main synth was his T8 when I saw him a decade or so ago.
Yes. I saw his band in Oakland fairly late in his life---that was probably the T8 era; T8, and a lot of Korg. The 75 DVD concert video and the ZAWINUL doc are a great look at that rig. He had a whole army of volume pedals under there!

Re the 4 voice/ 8 voice again: There's a bunch of nice Lyle Mays OB playing (sometines multitracked iirc) on AS FALLS WICHITA, SO FALLS WICHITA FALLS. That's a synth album that's aged well, I think.
Old 24th December 2019
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Oh damn.
Old 25th December 2019
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Styx - The Message /Lords of the Ring

Old 25th December 2019
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I kept a picture of it when it was for sale several years ago. A thing of beauty it is.



And an ergonomic nightmare! How can one even reach the back row of SEMs other then get up and go around the rear to twiddle, then back to the front to play? Or use one of those 4 foot long gripper tools from Amazon?

Dear Tom, I think a new version should have one big keyboard and the SEMs much closer.
Old 25th December 2019
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And an ergonomic nightmare! How can one even reach the back row of SEMs other then get up and go around the rear to twiddle, then back to the front to play? Or use one of those 4 foot long gripper tools from Amazon?

Dear Tom, I think a new version should have one big keyboard and the SEMs much closer.
Or you could just put it on the floor behind you and forget about it. Zawinul was still using his in 1983 on tour.

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Old 26th December 2019
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Old 26th December 2019
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My favorite Styx song. My late childhood and early high school musical memories are full of sounds that never would have existed but for Tom Oberheim's genius.
Old 29th January 2020
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Aside from other legendary synths a 4 Voice was also used in Toto's Rosanna.

Old 29th January 2020
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Hard to see, might be a 4-voice here:
Old 6th April 2020
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Unless I'm mistaken I believe I spy a 2 Voice in here. A black one! With a white sequencer/programmer.

Old 7th April 2020
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Unless I'm mistaken I believe I spy a 2 Voice in here. A black one! With a white sequencer/programmer.
I never get tired of watching those clips. Geddy had a custom rig built that combined his Minimoog and 8-voice into one huge console. After a couple years the voice modules were separated off and moved to the side / off stage. That's the setup you see in that video clip (incl. the OB-X that he's using to play the sweeping bass note with his left hand).



(From the Moving Pictures tour book, which means the photo is actually from the previous tour - but you get the idea)

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Old 7th April 2020
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Actually, the synth on the left is the OB-1.
Old 8th April 2020
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Actually, the synth on the left is the OB-1.
Yep, OB-1 in that photo from the previous tour, OB-X in the video clip. Just a photo to show off the idea of the 8-voice / Minimoog console.
Old 4 days ago
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Pat Metheny Group - September 15th

4 Voice. Lyle Mays talks about how he recorded the parts below. Incredible sounding pad.

Lyle wrote the parts out (Vln1,Vln2,Viola,Cello) and played them in one at a time with all 4 modules firing with about a +-6 cent pitch spread across the modules and then doubling the lines. So each part had 8 oscillators from pass 1 plus 8 more from pass 2 (doubling). four parts with 16 osc per part resulted in 64 separate sound sources.

Says Lyle: "I always used a volume pedal too (they were all analog pedals back then of course).
I would tweak the sounds slightly between takes, subtly nudging various controls this way or that ? nothing big, just little things to add a different character to each pass. I was opening the filters a bit too as I went from the cellos up to the 1st violins."

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