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Welcome to the Oberheim Gallery

Introducing Oberheim

One of the early American synthesizer pioneers, founded by Tom Oberheim in 1973. In 1985, Oberheim folded and reappeared as Oberheim/ECC, manufacturing the Matrix lines and MIDI processors. In 1991 Gibson Guitars bought Oberheim, continued Matrix-1000 production (now white face) and developed the OB-Mx, designed by Don Buchla. Viscount licensed the name from Gibson to produce the (virtual analog) OB-12 from 2000-2005. For street prices, see Prepal.

Released Conventional Rompler
1974 SEM
1975 TVS-1a TVS-1 FVS-1
1976 OB-1
1977 EVS-1
1978 OB-X
1980 OB-SX
1981 OB-Xa
1983 OB-8
1984 Matrix-12 Xpander
1986 Matrix-6 Matrix-6R DPX-1
1987 Matrix-1000


Architectural Classes:

  • Additive: Multiple sine wave harmonics are combined.
  • Conventional: Single cycle waveforms, subtractive architecture (filtered harmonics).
  • FM: Oscillators use Frequency or Phase Modulation.
  • Rompler: ROM based samples (often subtractive).
  • Sampler: User recorded samples (often subtractive).
  • Modelling: Digital model, usually involving a Driver and Modulators.