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Back in the 80s, when analogue was huge, Oberheim summed up the spirit of the age with the unfeasibly large OB-8…
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If there’s one thing you can say about the 80s, it’s that things were big! Big hair, big snares, and big synths, with American synth designer Tom Oberheim defining the era perfectly with his run of classic polysynths. The OB-8 provided the coda to this run, with production beginning in 1983 and lasting well into the mid 90s; but despite efforts to keep the OB-8 up to date, it couldn’t compete with the greater connectivity and better pricing of newer digital synths.

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About MusicTech

2017 has been an exciting, innovative year for new music-making technology, from machine-learning plug-ins to laser-guided microphones and from scientifically crafted, point-source monitors to boutique synthesisers, the past 12 months has offered up new variations on classic gear and inventive new creative tools for making and recording music. We pay tribute to the best gear of the year in our roundup, with our winners compiled by a fusion of reader votes and our expert panel. Elsewhere this issue, we have the second part of our new A-Z series with Gear4Music, chat to MPG Award-winning mastering engineer Mandy Parnell and Grammy-winning producer and engineer Mark Rankin, and cast of our eye to the future with tutorial content in the latest iterations of Live and Reason. Additionally, you’ll find all the latest reviews from the likes of Toontrack, Dynaudio, Sonokinetic and more.It's been an excellent year for the music-technology industry, and MusicTech as a magazine. Here’s hoping 2018 will be equally as fruitful… enjoy the issue.