Huge brasses, strings, and pads made the OB-Xa dominate the hottest artists’ keyboard stands, from Prince to Van Halen’s iconic ‘Jump’.
With OP-Xa V, that same unmistakable presence comes to life right in your DAW. There’s just something about the sound that invites you to dig in with both hands and come up with great parts. True Analog Emulation® ensures an authentic muscle car synthesizer experience - while our added touches add heaps of production horsepower that’ll get your creativity racing.
Oberheim® already had a legacy of fat-sounding synths. But for many, the OB-Xa was the one that hit the sweet spot.
The OB-Xa packed up to eight massive-sounding synthesizer voices in an integrated, programmable slab form factor. After its debut in December 1980, musicians noticed.
Founded by Tom Oberheim, Oberheim Electronics’ first product was a ring modulator pedal introduced in 1970. Then came the Maestro phaser, then the DS-2A, an early digital sequencer that could record and play back notes from popular analog synths in real time — a mind-blowing feat for 1973. Its success led Oberheim to design his own synthesizer: the Synthesizer Expander Module.Discover the history
OP-Xa V melds the best of the OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 synths with today’s DAW-centric music workflows.
In many ways it’s the most OB you can get outside of having a collection of all three. Here are just a few of the features that set that benchmark.
01. Authentic Oscillators
Triangle, saw, and square waves with variable pulse width, cross-mod from the OB-X, and hard sync create the signature sounds of the ’80s.
02. Flexible FIlters
Choose 12dB filtering for the classic OB sound or 24dB mode for more aggressively resonant timbres.
03. Bend One or Both
We duplicate the original’s option to pitch-bend oscillator 2’s pitch only, for musical statements that sing in intervals.
Adjust the stereo spread of the oscillator, filter, and LFO outputs for fatter bass, more expansive pads, and a truly immersive mix.
05. Standalone Vibrato
A comprehensive vibrato section means you don’t need to tie up an LFO to get this go-to musical effect.
Our teams of engineers and audio experts set out to capture every velvety-smooth sinewave, every dazzling sawtooth chord, every detuned sub-rich bass, and every split-keyboard stacked timbre that put the OP-Xa on the map.
To fully experience the majesty and raw power of an instrument like this, samples simply won’t cut it. OP-Xa V is the result of exhaustive measuring, analysis, and reverse-engineering of every aspect of the original instrument - and then some.
The unique behavior and sonic character of the Curtis chips played a crucial role in the colossal sound we know and love; replicating the bite and bark of the Curtis filters was an integral part of nailing OP-Xa V’s sound. We also incorporated some choice cuts from the instrument's famous peers - OB-X and OB-8 - and enhanced them with new features for a supremely authentic and far-reaching analog experience.
The Advanced Panel makes OP-Xa V more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
Once we nailed the sound, we multiplied the modulation possibilities and added effects derived from our FX Collection. It all adds up to an instrument that’s yesterday and tomorrow at once, and a musical force that will always be with you.
Map performance control sources like velocity and aftertouch to any destination you like with just a few clicks.
Design and assign your own modulation curves that sync to tempo. Loop ’em or opt for one shot. The possibilities are endless.
Stack up to three FX in series or parallel and choose from nine types including deep reverb, ping-pong delay, and stereo chorus.
Surgically control variations between several aspects of the voices: pitch, pulse width, cutoff, resonance, envelopes, and modulation.
Hip-hop. Cinematic. EDM. Rock. The original OB-Xa won adherents across all musical genres and applications. These demos from our artists and sound designers showcase just a handful of ways OP-Xa V shines.
Producer / WriterThe OP-Xa is one of my favourite synths ever and this plug-in definitely doesn't disappoint. Sounds and looks amazing. It makes you feel like you're surfing on a hologram in 1984
Musician / ProducerFull of vibrant soundscapes, vivid textures and countless variables to play with – the OP-Xa V has quickly become my new favourite Arturia toy and staple synth to use when I create.
DJ / ProducerAs a big fan of Vangelis type of sounds, big synths like the OB-X are amongst my favorites. The OP-Xa V is a beast for me. I can easily manipulate the parameters and achieve pretty big strings and arpeggio. It's a must.
DJ / ProducerI have the OB-Xa harware and the first thing I did was to A/B the two. The tonality of the two are effectively indistinguishable. This is shockingly good.
ComposerI opened the OP-Xa V in a trailer project I was working on and holy s...ynths does this one sound good! It went straight into this project after designing my first sound within minutes. Great to get another piece of that in software form.
CavemanThe OP-Xa V has such a massive and distinct sound that sits perfectly in a mix and can jump out when it needs to be the star of the show.
On OP-Xa V
“This soft-synth breathes new life into a legend of synthesis with astounding accuracy, and some thrilling updates.”
On OP-Xa V
“The arpeggiator, additional modulation and stereo tools work really well with the base synth design, and add a touch of extra chaos that helps bring this classic into modern realms.”
On OP-Xa V
“OP-Xa V gives you a great marriage of old and new, and we can see it being a synth we return to again and again for a wide variety of functions, not to mention quick sound design and inspiration.”
On OP-Xa V
“OP-Xa V adds some lovely touches in terms of some modern modulation and effects. We can see it being a synth we return to again and again. ”
Legendary Keyboards Reinvented
This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.Learn More
Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from our sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!
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Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favorites to quickly recall later.
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Stereo spread with left/right offsets on oscillator, filter, and LFO parameters
More flexibility on the LFO for easy modulation
Up to 16 voice polyphony
Innovative voice detuning
On-board effects: delay, chorus, reverb, phaser, flanger, compressor, overdrive, multimode filter, and bitcrusher
Oscillators’ continuous X-Mod modulation (cross modulation)
Oscillators’ (1, 2, and noise) mix in filter section for rich sound sources
4 Function Generators
Sleek design for great visual experience of your sound
Seamless preset selection with the visual browser
Over 400 presets
Individual voice panning
Extension panel includes Mod Matrix, four Function Generators, and 3 busses with 9 effects each
MTS-ESP ODDSOUND microtuning compatibility
- Win 10+ (64bit)
- 4 GB RAM
- 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
- 3GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- ARM processors not supported on Windows
- Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).
- Mac OS 11+
- 4 GB RAM
- 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
- 3GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
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