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The Press Desk 19th May 2020 04:28 PM

Arturia announce launch of OB-Xa V
 
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Arturia announce launch of OB-Xa V

French specialists in music gear Arturia launch OB-Xa V, a software instrument based on the iconic synth OB-Xa, enhanced with groundbreaking features for an elevated sonic experience.

Applying their expert sound engineering to recreating and updating an iconic synth, Arturia now offer an authentic software with soundscapes previously unexplored. Ideal for innovative musicians, synth programmers, and keyboardists who appreciate a fat, aggressive sound. Its versatility creates gratifying results in many distinct styles of music production, making it a valuable asset for producers and creators across multiple genres.

OB-Xa made music history on albums released by Prince, Billy Idol, Chaka Khan, and Bon Jovi, and is most recognizable for appearing on Van Halen’s biggest hit, ‘Jump’. Contemporary musicians by the likes of Flume, Chrome Sparks, Calvin Harris, and Venetian Snares have also incorporated its energetic potential to enter a new musical dimension. OB-Xa V is here to offer the iconic sound in all its glory while opening up the instrument to more complex and satisfying creations.

OB-Xa V by Arturia is the most ambitious recreation of OB-Xa on the market so far. Its intuitive interface makes utilizing its complex inner workings a joy.

LEGENDARY GROWL MACHINE
Get ready to welcome back the massive sound of OB-Xa with the perks of innovative modern technology.

Supercharged new features

Not only did we recreate the spirit, the sound and the features of the original instrument, but we also added new special functions to make it unique and open new sonic capacities:
  • Brand new stereo spread feature
  • 16 voice polyphony (double the original)
  • Arpeggiator
  • Huge unison
  • 4 function generators
  • Embedded effect section
  • Over 400 deep, piercing presets
LAUNCH OFFER
To celebrate the launch of their most requested synth in recent years, Arturia are offering a launch deal at 149€/$149 for a limited time. Arturia users who have registered their products are rewarded with personal offers.

Offer ends June 9th.

Street price: 199€/$199

For more information, visit: https://www.arturia.com/products/ana...-xa-v/overview

bace 19th May 2020 04:38 PM

$49 for collection 7 owners. Maybe..

Tricepsatops 19th May 2020 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by bace (Post 14745949)
$49 for collection 7 owners. Maybe..

Yep, looks like its 49 euros for V7 owners. Would have been nice if they'd just added it on top of the V7 collection...

Usgggg 19th May 2020 04:50 PM

Can't believe that I am the first thumb up on this; people are spoiled nowadays......

abduction

bace 19th May 2020 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Tricepsatops (Post 14745953)
Yep, looks like its 49 euros for V7 owners. Would have been nice if they'd just added it on top of the V7 collection...

I probably wait for V8.

Mojotele65 19th May 2020 05:11 PM

This should be a free update to v7.

Idontcare 19th May 2020 05:38 PM

I'll wait till like Arturia version 14 or something.their analog modelling for synths especially is so far behind even smaller companies than them.boost the resonance and it sounds like something you'd get from an old Synth Edit filter macro lol and it sounds like they give zero thought to the VCA's and envelopes of the things they model.they all sound weirdly thin.having the Microfreak and Pigments its hard to believe the same company made them

the delays and verbs are nice though as well.it's just the pre's and the vintage synth models that suck (yes i'm including the Casio CZ-101 and the Yamaha DX7 emulations too)i don't imagine this would be much different if their SEM and Matrix 12 are anything to go byabduction

Usgggg 19th May 2020 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Idontcare (Post 14746065)
I'll wait till like Arturia version 14 or something.their analog modelling for synths especially is so far behind even smaller companies than them.boost the resonance and it sounds like something you'd get from an old Synth Edit filter macro lol and it sounds like they give zero thought to the VCA's and envelopes of the things they model.they all sound weirdly thin.having the Microfreak and Pigments its hard to believe the same company made them

the delays and verbs are nice though as well.it's just the pre's and the vintage synth models that suck (yes i'm including the Casio CZ-101 and the Yamaha DX7 emulations too)i don't imagine this would be much different if their SEM and Matrix 12 are anything to go byabduction

https://youtu.be/mzIV7ojlC_U

https://youtu.be/E3CE7GUo3aQ

Sounds pretty useful to me; and I love fat analog sound......

abduction

Idontcare 19th May 2020 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Usgggg (Post 14746109)
https://youtu.be/mzIV7ojlC_U

https://youtu.be/E3CE7GUo3aQ

Sounds pretty useful to me; and I love fat analog sound......

abduction

You clearly don't cause there is nothing "fat" or analog about that synth demo.sounds congested and cold (listen to the patch at 4:48 in the first video.that playing in the low mid octave sounds nasal and flat)the only thing redeemable from that clip and what makes the Arturia passable is that guy is an exceptionally good keyboard and or piano player.he's using the velocity sensitivity to good effect

I take it you are one of those people who hears lots of synth voices and washed out chorussing/phasing and goes "oooooooh analog :cowbell:"

listen to the filter on the second video with the annoying talking dude and compare it with literally any video of an actual OB-Xa sweeping the filter you can find on Youtube.if you can't hear the difference they you can definitely ascertain that you don't really know the difference

Whether you like it or not is a different story and i'm not here to tell anybody what they should and shouldn't like,but from my subjective point of view there is absolutely zero analog about that clip or any of the Arturia models

Usgggg 19th May 2020 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Idontcare (Post 14746181)
You clearly don't cause there is nothing "fat" or analog about that synth demo.sounds congested and cold (listen to the patch at 4:48 in the first video.that playing in the low mid octave sounds nasal and flat)the only thing redeemable from that clip and what makes the Arturia passable is that guy is an exceptionally good keyboard and or piano player.he's using the velocity sensitivity to good effect

I take it you are one of those people who hears lots of synth voices and washed out chorussing/phasing and goes "oooooooh analog :cowbell:"

listen to the filter on the second video with the annoying talking dude and compare it with literally any video of an actual OB-Xa sweeping the filter you can find on Youtube.if you can't hear the difference they you can definitely ascertain that you don't really know the difference

Whether you like it or not is a different story and i'm not here to tell anybody what they should and shouldn't like,but from my subjective point of view there is absolutely zero analog about that clip or any of the Arturia models

Bra; no offense I bet you got the whole thing misconstrued.

I've been into synths since the 80s and consider myself pretty fanatic when it comes to sound.

Sure there are differences between analog and plug-in synths; but I seriously doubt the average consumer hears it.

To me Arturia provides tools that I can work with and that I'm more then capable of using because of their use.

And to be honest now that Behringer is kicking everybody's a** in the analog realm (a lot of purist crybabies out there that need to get their wax out of their ears); they're offering plenty of affordable choices if that's a route one wants to go.

Back in the day I could make my Yamaha TX 81 z come out with some pretty amazing fat sounding sounds even though it's architecture it's not particularly "analog".

As I get older it becomes clearer and clearer that it's not about the tools you have access to; but who uses them.

I like this plugin and I can definitely work with it.

(Adding some "chorus" and "flanging" to my preset while doing a remix of "We are the World")

https://youtu.be/Glny4jSciVI

:facepalm::amaze::amaze::lol::lol:abduction

boojidad 19th May 2020 07:09 PM

Where are you seeing the 49 Euro price for V7 owners? When I log in I see 99!

bace 19th May 2020 07:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Mojotele65 (Post 14746008)
This should be a free update to v7.

Then they cant charge you twice. Have they ever done something like that?

Tricepsatops 19th May 2020 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by boojidad (Post 14746275)
Where are you seeing the 49 Euro price for V7 owners? When I log in I see 99!

Just on the product page for the OBx once I’ve logged in. I’ve got a couple of keysteps and a drumbrute impact registered as well so maybe that’s made it drop to €49 instead of 99.

boojidad 19th May 2020 09:17 PM

As well as V7, I've got a Keylab 88Mk11 and the FX Collection. Doesn't make much sense to me.

vitocorleone123 19th May 2020 10:19 PM

Even at $50, I'd hold off until a competitor puts out their OB-Xa softsynth that's been in beta for a long time now in order to compare them. Unless you're a collector of OB softsynths, I suppose!

btfnk 19th May 2020 10:58 PM

I'm just gonna put this here.


AdamJay 19th May 2020 11:14 PM

Can anyone confirm NKS support?

It isn't listed on Arturia's page, however this google cache lists it, and as usual Arturia haven't been that clear one way or the other.
https://webcache.googleusercontent.c...&client=safari

the live page omits the NKS: https://www.arturia.com/store/analog-classics/ob-xa-v

Synth Guru 19th May 2020 11:19 PM

Sweet! rockout:cowbell:kfhkh

Raddler 19th May 2020 11:41 PM

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Originally Posted by btfnk (Post 14746881)
I'm just gonna put this here.


For Arturia's sake, I suggest you take that demo away from here. shiee

AdamJay 20th May 2020 02:20 AM

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Originally Posted by AdamJay (Post 14746912)
Can anyone confirm NKS support?

It isn't listed on Arturia's page, however this google cache lists it, and as usual Arturia haven't been that clear one way or the other.
https://webcache.googleusercontent.c...&client=safari

the live page omits the NKS: https://www.arturia.com/store/analog-classics/ob-xa-v



I'll answer my own question.

No NKS support at the moment. Fingers crossed they sort it out soon.

jiffybox 20th May 2020 03:26 AM

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Originally Posted by AdamJay (Post 14747239)
I'll answer my own question.

No NKS support at the moment. Fingers crossed they sort it out soon.

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ianblack8 21st May 2020 02:26 PM

It's 149 Euros to update from Collection 6 to 7 and also grab OB-Xa... Whats your take on Synthi V and CZ V? Also, doesn't seem like OB-Xa is going to be a part of a collection? Really like this synth on 80s records, so considering getting cooge

Chip Booth 21st May 2020 05:04 PM

i ran through the presets yesterday. It did not wow me like the OP-X Pro II, but I will dig in some more. The expanded modulation section is crazy (at least for someone who mainly works with vintage analog synths) but seems intuitive and very powerful. For me it comes down to sound, and I will dig in and do some more comparisons.

The individual filters exhibit some drift in the separate voices but maybe not as much as I hoped (OBX style). But hopefully that is my lack of familiarity with it and I can find ways to push it.

As a Windows ProTools guy I sure hope to find a good OB option. I love OP-X Pro II but it is not easy to incorporate into sessions.

unr 21st May 2020 06:32 PM

I found these Tutorials by Arturia quite good.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OtJEGO53Rg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8jnwOreGKw

And however it is compared to the "original" - I find it quite useful, already started 3 tracks. It's quite inspiring and fun to use. Also the Arturia modulation system is ace, Mseg/Function-Generators are very welcome.

Only minor things is what I'm missing
- Reorder Fx-Slots
- Arpeggiator Groove/Shuffle control
- Midi Output to trigger other synths

TonStrom 21st May 2020 08:12 PM

I wish there was some sort of Kemper profiling for synths,
so you could use profiles of real analog synths and imprint them
on plugins like this.

vitocorleone123 21st May 2020 08:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Chip Booth (Post 14751228)
i ran through the presets yesterday. It did not wow me like the OP-X Pro II, but I will dig in some more. The expanded modulation section is crazy (at least for someone who mainly works with vintage analog synths) but seems intuitive and very powerful. For me it comes down to sound, and I will dig in and do some more comparisons.

The individual filters exhibit some drift in the separate voices but maybe not as much as I hoped (OBX style). But hopefully that is my lack of familiarity with it and I can find ways to push it.

As a Windows ProTools guy I sure hope to find a good OB option. I love OP-X Pro II but it is not easy to incorporate into sessions.

The OB-6 ships with 500 presets. Few of them "wowed" me. That's primarily because the sounds I want to make with it are generally not what other people do, since it falls out side the more mainstream uses. I don't expect much of presets that come with a synth, unless there are thousands - in which case I can usually find a few useful ones.

method1 21st May 2020 08:57 PM

Must be Oberheim month, this makes 3 so far with the update to obxd and the new one from Synapse!
I guess the devs are all JUMPing in gooof

Bwogo 21st May 2020 09:36 PM

that's nothing, hun. OP-X Pro III and Aly James OB-Xtreme 2 are on their way.

Chip Booth 22nd May 2020 12:29 AM

Wow, I guess I should wait and try out some of these others when they come out.

After more experimentation with the OB-Xa V (and reading the manual) I stand corrected on the lack of filter drift. It is is there for sure. You have to put it in Stereo mode, boost the spread and the filter trim pot in the hidden section. This gets me much closer to OB-X territory and I can create some fat, growling sweeps (Tom Sawyer style). With as many tweaks to the original design as it has, I do wish it had a bandpass and hi pass filter option as well as low pass.

This also pushed me to finally try using a VST wrapper plugin to run OP-X Pro II in ProTools. It works, but is a bit unstable as I expected it might be. It's great to have an option to use it for now anyway.

TonStrom 22nd May 2020 12:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Chip Booth (Post 14752249)
... With as many tweaks to the original design as it has, I do wish it had a bandpass and hi pass filter option as well as low pass. ...


Imagine you could patch in the "3 Filters You'll acually use" or the other FX.

Insert points on their plugins would be great, not just for audio, but also for modulation.