French company Arturia will release a software recreation of the Oberheim SEM on October 25th. The original SEM’s trick was a 2-pole multimode filter which along with low-pass had high-pass, band-pass and band-reject settings. This gave the unit some wicked sharp sounds. For a while the SEM sound could only be had if you hit eBay. Then Tom Oberheim followed in Bob Moog and Dave Smith’s footsteps and got things going again. I have to mention my favorite SEM sounding synth the Analogue Solutions Telemark which I had a chance to play with recently. It adds a few tricks to the mix including in my opinion a very important feature: noise. It’s good to see Arturia back in the game emulating classic synths because I think it’s what they do best. It’s going to be tough for them to get the sharp filters right on the SEM. That said, the plug-ins are a good stepping stone to get people into hardware or for when you need SEM on an airplane, beach, hotel room, etc… They sure look very pretty too!
“After years without any addition to their Synthesizer Anthology series, Arturia has announced that it will soon bring back to life in software format one of the world’s most sough-after synthesizers. The Oberheim SEM V accurately emulates the famous sound and interface of the original Synthesizer Expander Module introduced by Oberheim Electronics in 1974. Faithfully reproducing the tone, waveshapes, multi-mode 12dB/octave filter and other detailed characteristics, the Oberheim SEM V also brings the benefits of polyphony, MIDI control, arpeggiation and some innovative functionalities such as the 8-voice programmer, or the advanced keyboard follow.” -kvraudio.com
This entry was written by plug-ins, synthesizer and tagged Analogue Solutions, Arturia, filter, hardware, Oberheim, SEM, synthesizer, Telemark, Tom Oberheim. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.
What’s better than one Oberheim SEM analog synthesizer? Four of course. There’s usually a catch to something as great as the new Tom Oberheim Son Of 4 Voice and there is: $3500. Skip the monthly Mercedes Benz lease payment and grab one of these.
“100% discrete analog … absolutly no custom chips. SO4V can be used as a 4-voice polyphonic synth or as 4 individual synths under MIDI control. Two SO4Vs can be ganged together to create an 8-voice.” – Gearjunkies.com
For more info: tomoberheim.com
This entry was written by hardware, synthesizer and tagged analog, Son of 4 Voice, synthesizer, Tom Oberheim. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.
An interview with synthesizer creator Tom Oberheim. He recently re-created and re-released his classic synth the SEM. The SEM does sound different than a Moog or Roland and Tom explains a bit about why that is. You can get the new SEM in a few flavors (panel/Midi) ranging from $600-$900 USD.
“Mitchell Sigman of audioMIDI.com interviews analog synthesis legend Tom Oberheim about the new SEM analog synth module. The new SEM is available exclusively from audioMIDI.com.” – audiomidicom
Did you own a classic SEM? Do you plan on buying one of these new ones?
For more info: tomoberheim.com
This entry was written by hardware, interviews, synthesizer and tagged Oberheim, SEM, Tom Oberheim. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.