Excellent sounds. Be aware that this plugin demands very high CPU. Using a monster Intel i9 10900K build here. With only bx_oberhausen in a session, some patches have the CPU at 3%, others at 30%, and others at 70% or HIGHER. The patches have various levels of voices or FX so it can be helpful to lock the voices at a low setting while auditioning patches.
As someone who once owned the actual hardware - a SEM Pro to be specific - I'm amazed. While I am unable to test the two side-by-side, the bx_oberhausen absolutely gets me there when it comes to scratching the itch and inspiring creativity in a way that only the SEM can do. For what it's worth, I've also owned an Oberheim Matrix, Xpander and OB-6 in addition to the SEM so I feel very closely acquainted with "the Oberheim sound". As far as "that" sound goes, bx_oberhausen is family. Needless to say, there are all of the modern conveniences - polyphony not the least among them - and it all works out marvelously well. The effects are a key piece and I say this as someone who more often can't be bothered by the "on-board" effects that other plugin manufacturers add. The effects included here really add character and stand on their own as being useful additions. I could go on and on but suffice it to say that the oberhausen really is one of my personal "top shelf, can't live without" plugins of all time.
by Mark M Thompson
Superb sound, but absolutely murders your CPU.
There is a quality about this thing that is intoxicating
There is something about this particular synth that just sounds right to me. Many software synths kind of bother my ear in a digitally kind of way, but this has this warm vibe that is hard to describe unless you try it. The presets are all very useable, and there is a lot. Extremely impressed by this one, and really the oberhausen thing isn't even my favorite kind of sounds out there, but this has given me a much more favorable view on original. (And well I was an 80s kid so it's not that hard).
Synth in the box
A great emulation of the OB-6 synth, which I have the hardware here for many years. First I was a bit cynical about the plugin, but after working with it, it's just great and easy to use. The hardware synth doesn't have much work anymore since it's all right in the box.
This is a very good-sounding softsynth. It's become my go-to for pure analog synth emulation. The tonality of it is super authentic and sounds very 'real'. You can tell when you switch on the TMT that it really is doing exactly when they say it does: adding those subtle imperfections which create the analog sound. Only a couple of things holding it back from a five-star rating. The LFO has some unusual properties. Whenever TMT is switched on, the LFO will operate at different speeds for all the different notes played. This can sometimes be cool, but it should be an optional feature; it's frustrating when trying to create a consistent pulsating effect with the LFO, but having it change because of the TMT. Also, you should be able to run it standalone outside of a DAW. Also, it doesn't even recognize MPE controllers. Most virtual instruments will recognize MPE controllers and they will still function as regular controllers, even when they don't support MPE. Also, it's fairly taxing on the CPU. Overall, there's nothing sonically lacking about this instrument, but there are a number of things which could definitely be streamlined. Again, great synth! I didn't want to leave on a negative note. This thing is awesome.
A great sounding synth
by Jeremy Greysmark
I was on the lookout for something a bit more unique when it comes to plugins. I use a lot of bigger synth such as Serum or Hive. But sometimes it is nice to open up an emulation of something old and unique. The way this plugin operates, and the way it sounds is truly exceptional. It has been part of a lot of productions, just simply for the fact of how it sounds. For me it is easy to dial in interesting patches, as the way patches are dialled in feels so different than the usual emulations I use. And that in itself makes me think and come up with different type of sounds. The sound is warm, rich and super easily incorporated into a production.
Best SEM VST
I'd go for a lengthier review, but honestly, if you want the SEM sound, this is the best way to get it. Period.
by Stefano De Chirico
Incredible, huge, sound design and music with Oberhausen, it became the best in my vst vintage synth arsenal. It is well articulatex in gui and matrix. The built in fx are so powerful and the arp is phenomenal. Stunning and aggressive sounds for TV Shows and Movies. I’m no so satisfied with CPU usage when playing 32 voices, but it is a great incredible sythesizer. The best vintage and the best modern at the same time.