Oberheim Eight Voice – Rare Black Edition
From the Michael Lehmann Boddicker Collection
This is one of Michael Boddicker’s favorite synthesizers that he owns, and this Oberheim Eight Voice is “super fat” and has eight separately controllable voices and it is a true vintage classic synth designed by the legend himself Tom Oberheim. Originally this unit was owned by Yes and Moody Blues keyboardist Patrick Moraz.
The Eight Voice is essentially eight (8) SEM modules stacked together alongside the Polyphonic Synthesizer Programmer for patch memory. It also featured a simple analog mixer, and a 49-note keyboard. The Oberheim Eight Voice gives you an eight-voice polyphonic/ polytonal synthesizer with 16 VCO's, 8 VCFs, 16 ADR envelope generators and more. Because the Eight Voice derives its polyphony from having eight mono-synth modules hard-wired together, this delivers some pros and cons. What is incredible about this design, is that all of the 8 voices could be played simultaneously and when this sound was introduced, there was no mistaking it for anything other than an Eight Voice Oberheim. You also had the ability to design a different sound on each of the eight-voices and that led to some incredibly unique and complex sounds being generated. The downside was that it also meant you had to program each of those voices independently and this could be time consuming work. Fortunately, the on-board Polyphonic Synthesizer Programmer could store up to 16 patches per voice so that you could save your programs without losing them, which made this a valuable tool that Michael Boddicker used in his large stable of synths for studio sessions.