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Old 9th January 2019
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Custom Oberheim 8 voice

I recently got this custom 8 voice set up with black face SEM....anyone else ever seen black before?
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Old 9th January 2019
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Nice! How does it sound?
Old 9th January 2019
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It sounds HUGE
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Originally Posted by djgreyboy ➡️
It sounds HUGE
Dude. Amazing. What are you going to put in the box to the left of a keyboard. Clearly, since it was the 70s that was designed for an ashtray.
Old 9th January 2019
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Cool beans! I think I like the look of the black modules better than the usual white. It must sound utterly fantastic too.

Obviously it was some kind of custom build since I don't think Oberheim ever made wood cabinets for them. I'm surprised they didn't put the keyboard control module (the one with the tune and portamento controls) into the gap in the keyboard cabinet, but maybe it was an issue with getting it to fit.

It would be interesting to retrofit some sort of pitch bend and mod wheel to the left of the keyboard, but I don't know how feasible it is to add those into a 4/8 voice.

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Old 11th January 2019
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Looks awesome. I have seen other black modules previously, but they clearly weren't common. The new two voice pro also had a black version that guess was in reference to these old modules (definitely think black looks better even though the "white" is such a SEM attribute).
Old 12th January 2019
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Black Oberheim

What I remember reading is the black face SEMs were an experiment by Oberheim. A series of black face panels were painted but ended up not being used so employees of Oberheim in the day used them to put together their own systems - hence the "custom" deal you have.

Here are a couple others:

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Old 12th January 2019
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Yes that’s right....i asked Tom about the black, he said they did a couple two voice , one 4 voice and that’s it. My stuff came from an ex employee of Oberheim.
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