Oberheim 4 Voice

Oberheim 4 Voice

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Oberheim 4 Voice FVS-1 for sale. This item will be fully electronically restored prior to sale - rebuilt to work like new or better. The tolex and metal hardware will be removed from the wooden case and replaced with new vinyl and hardware as well. This is a huge amount of work and is reflected in this units high price.

The OB Four Voice contains 4 SEMs and a mixer module. This beautiful instrument can play up to 8oscillators at once, for insanely humongous sounds. 

The 4 voice was one of the first polyphonic synths. Each of the four Synthesizer Expander Modules ( SEM ) can be assigned to a different note. Splitting voices between modules is also possible, as is a monophonic unison mode. A single voice is surprisingly powerful, offering 2 oscillators, 2 envelopes (1 for filter, 1 for volume), an LFO, pulse width modulation and a real sweet multimode filter with sweepable mode (which few synths offered). The programmer module allows fast saving and recall of programmed sounds. With a combined 8 oscillators, these sound unbelievably fat. Even a single SEM sounds great. In unison mode, play all VCOs on one key for one of the most powerful vintage synth sounds ever. Nothing sounds like it to us and we've played everything. This is a personal favorite. This FVS-1 has the standard configuration of modules: 4 x Synthesizer Expander Module ( SEM ) Keyboard Output module Polyphonic Keyboard module Programmer module.

If you are an analog synth head who makes musical sounds, you need one of these. To avoid disappointment though, we would recommend anyone looking for a dedicated sound effects machine to go for something else. This 4 voice is fabulous at musical tones and can make some interesting sound effects but there are better choices for clangs, zaps, explosions and similar atonal timbres. 

Famous users include: Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Styx, Larry Fast (Synergy), Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock, Human League, Lyle Mays, Michael McDonald / Doobie Brothers, Patrick Moraz, Pink Floyd, Steve Porcaro, The Shamen, Tim Simenon, Depeche Mode, Vince Clarke / Erasure, Tangerine Dream, Stevie Wonder and many other influential musicans who could afford one - this was a very expensive instrument when it came out! 

Photos are not yet available, so the images here show a previously sold unit.  

Estimated preparation time: 8-16 weeks.