Oberheim OB-8 Classic 80's Analogue Polyphonic Synthesiser W/ MIDI

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  • Regular price $14,249.00

Oberheim OB-8 Classic 80's Analogue Polyphonic Synthesiser W/ MIDI

The Oberheim OB-8 is a subtractive analogue synthesiser released by Oberheim in early 1983 and discontinued in 1985. It was the the fourth product in the OB-series of polyphonic synths. The number of production was only around 3,000 units, however it can be heard all over tracks from the 80's until this day in 2023! 

It is a very warm and rich sounding eight voice polyphonic synthesiser with that classic Oberheim sound. The OB-8 is totally programmable, all the dedicated knobs, sliders and a traditional layout make programming a snap and very hands-on. Each individual voice can be de-tuned for a very thick (or weird) sound. Sync-able VCOs and a nice 8-note arpeggiator are also on-board on this cool analog synth. It has the OB-Xa’s switchable 2 or 4-pole VCF (filter) with ADSR.

The OB-8 also introduced a second layer of programming functions - hit the "Page 2" button and all front panel controls were assigned to an entire second set of parameters! The earliest models did not label these hidden "Page 2" functions on the front panel, but that was rectified on later models.

Up to 120 patches of memory storage were also available to keep your amazing sounds around. And 24 additional patches are available for doubled/layer presets. A full 61-note keyboard with Oberheim's unique pitch/modulation benders only sweetens this synth's deal.

Artists who have used the OB-8 include Alice Coltrane, Boys Noize, Queen, Mac Miller, Eminem, Caribou, Van Halen, Depeche Mode, Kool & The Gang, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Clarence Jey, The Police, Future Sound of London, Art of Noise, Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Luke Million, Stevie Wonder and so many more!


  • This is a used unit. 

  • Physically this unit is in good condition for a synth of this age. It shows some small marks, nicks and scratches on the faceplate and wooden side panels. Some screws are not original. There is nothing major at all. Please see all photos. Overall, this is still a very nice synthesiser.  
  • This OB-8 has been serviced. It is 100% functional. All functions are working as they should. It has no faults to note.

  • This OB-8 had been upgraded to add MIDI. 

  • This OB-8 has recently come from a service. This included but is not limited to:

    • The key contacts were cleaned and rejuvenated. 

    • Tact switches were cleaned.

    • A brand new memory battery has been installed. 

    • Brand new MIDI sockets were installed.

    • Full calibration to factory specifications. 

    • Faulty components have been replaced. 
    • This unit has been burnt in and tested since this service. It sounds great! 

  • This unit is 95-260V. This means it can be used anywhere in the world with a flick of a switch on the back.

      **You MUST ensure the switch is set to the correct position for your country before powering on this unit**

  • This unit uses an IEC to power on. An IEC cable will only be included for Australian and New Zealand buyers. 

  • This beauty looks and sounds great! 

  • This unit will have a one year back to base warranty. The customer is responsible for getting the unit to and from Lofi Music. Repairs will be free of charge. Please note the warranty does not cover drops, spills or misuse. After the warranty expires we will offer support and discounted serving on this OB-8. 

  • This sale is for the OB-8 and IEC cable (AU & NZ only). Nothing else is included in this sale. 


Polyphony - 8 voices
Oscillators - 2 vco's per voice: saw, pulse, triangle
Memory - 120 patch programs, 12 split programs, and 12 double programs; external cassette storage; MIDI SysEx data dump
Filter - Switchable 2-pole or 4-pole VCF w/ ADSR
LFO - Triangle, Square, Ramp, Samp+Hold
Keyboard - 61 keys (can be split or doubled); no velocity or aftertouch
Arpeg/Seq - 8-note arpeggiator with external sync source
Control - MIDI (Channels 1-9) added as a retrofit
Date Produced - 1983 - 1985


If you are in a remote area you may incur extra fees. 

The postage costs may seem high, however this is to ensure the item can be insured to its full value during the shipping process.

Pick up is FREE and welcome. 

International import tax, duty, vat, custom fees or any other charges are not covered by us, nor included in the shipping fees. These are the responsibility of the buyer. 

Return Policy:

We do not accept returns for incorrect purchase or change of mind. 

Returns will only be accepted for manufacture defects / faulty items. Please contact us if you have any problems with your purchase and we will strive to work it out with you.

If you buy this item "by accident" the non refundable selling fees via paypal, zip, afterpay will not be refunded. A restocking fee will apply.

The Lofi Music Team have been providing professional audio solutions, restoration and repairs in the Sydney and Central Coast area for over ten years. Please see our very positive feedback and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about this item or any other awesome synths you find in our store!