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 OB-Xd - Virtual Analog Synthesizer by discoDSP is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
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Product OB-Xd - Virtual Analog Synthesizer
Developer discoDSP / Datsounds
Price (MSRP)
Free
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GPL

OB-Xd is based on the Oberheim OB-X. It attempts to recreate its sound and behavior, but as the original was very limited in some important ways a number of things were added or altered to the original design.

The OB-Xd was designed to sound as good and as rich as the original. It implements micro random detuning which is a big part of that sound. However, it was not designed as a self-contained completely independent soft-synth. It needs to be contained within a VST framework where things like transposition, automation, layering, arpeggiation, etc., are available. Also, like many synths of the OB-X's generation, the OB-Xd has no internal effects so its sounds and textures can be greatly enhanced by the use of additional processing like chorus, reverb, delay, etc.

From the manual:

"Thanks to 2DaT who created this little marvel. But we would be remiss not to thank all the members of KVR who participated in the Obxd forum thread. While the heart and soul of its design and development is all 2DaT, much discussion and debate went into it's graphic layout and the implementation of some of its features."

"So thanks to all who participated in its creation and also to the various people who stepped up to create excellent free patches for the Obxd."

Sources available at github.com/2DaT/Obxd

{See video at top of page}

Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 3 reviews

Reviewed By The Chase
May 5, 2018

A severely under-rated freebie.

I'm not going to say it sounds exactly like the Oberheims it is emulating, but the spacey, metallic shimmer is there. It's rare for a basic subtractive synth to be able to set itself apart and sound different from others while still being useful.

My go-to for retrofuturistic spacey pads, it has a classic sci-fi sound. It doesn't require much post-processing - just a touch of the clearest reverb you have and scoop out a bit of low-mids and you're there.

The only drawback that it has is the unison-detune being limited to monophony, which is a shame because the unison sounds remarkable in pads.

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Reviewed By joelsampson
May 13, 2014

Obxd sounds great, there are a ton of good patches and banks on KRV and the GUI is large enough to see and use. It's a very usable synth. I love the S&H. Thanks to the developer and all those that contributed patches.

I'm running Windows-7, 64-bit with REAPER 64-bit. I'll try it on the Mac soon.

joel in Dallas.

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Reviewed By jottinger
May 6, 2014

This synthesizer is amazing; it's a very good, useful emulation of the OB8, from what I can tell, and it has the features I want an emulation of the Oberheim synths to have: clear, lush sounds, easy interface, unison, sample and hold.

The sound is incredible. It doesn't have a sub oscillator, but I haven't been able to tell if it really needs one; you can get the synth to grind low without much of a problem, especially with the unison mode.

There's not much that can be said about the user interface and features; it has a set of filters, the SEM's resonance and cutoff features that seem to be clear enough. (I don't have an actual SEM to compare against, nor am I really concerned about an exact match, personally; I just want the thing to sound good.)

All in all, a very worthwhile synthesizer; I use it with Cubase 7.6, 64-bit windows version, and it works very well for me.

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Discussion

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BlackWinny
BlackWinny
19 May 2014 at 1:02pm

An important information which is desperately lacking in this page:

OBXD works also perfectly well on OS X

(click my link to be driven to the developer's page)

BobVolpe
BobVolpe
27 March 2018 at 2:22pm

What file do the presets go in for Linux using Ardour 5? When I drop down the preset it only gives me a long list of "default" I've strace-ed Ardour and can't figure out what file/dir OBxD is looking in for the presets. Frustrating.

BlackWinny
BlackWinny
27 March 2018 at 2:50pm

In your folder "Documents" you have a folder named "discoDSP" and a subfolder named "OB-Xd".

The skins and the presets are all there.

If you install OB-Xd manually you MUST know that in order to allow the plugin to access the skins and the presets where it is aimed at find them. It is the reason why it is way much preferable to use the installer instead than install manually, because the installer copy these folders and files at the right place so that when you right-click on an empty room of the GUI you can see a little menu opening to let you choose the presets and the skins without any troubles.

BobVolpe
BobVolpe
27 March 2018 at 10:45pm

You sir, are THE MAN. Thank you. My brain was hurting I was so frustrated. I didn't even notice the install.sh file until you pointed it out. Now, is the Skins file where the fxp files go and the Banks file where the fxb files go?

BlackWinny
BlackWinny
28 March 2018 at 12:04am

Yes. More precisely the folder "Skins" is the folder where you find the different skins (and also can create you own).

And the folder "Banks" is the folder where you will find the different banks (they have the extension FXB) and create your own (using your DAW) so that you will find them again in the menu. To create a bank, use the "Save as Bank" from your DAW (the command doesn't exist in OB-Xd itself). You don't need to add the extension ".fxb" because your DAW will add it itself. Save your bank in this folder named "Banks". Currently OB-Xd need to be refreshed to reflect the change made by the addition of the new bank. So, just reopen OB-Xd and to retrieve your new bank you can use the menu "Banks" embedded in OB-Xd.

The folder "Bank" is also the folder where you can save your own presets not included in a bank. To save a new preset, use the "Save as Program" from your DAW (the command doesn't exist in OB-Xd itself). You don't need to add the extension ".fxp" because your DAW will add it itself. Save your preset in this folder named "Banks". And again, currently OB-Xd need to be refreshed to reflect the change made by the addition of the new preset. So, just reopen OB-Xd and to retrieve your new preset you can use the menu "Banks" embedded in OB-Xd.

A personal tip to create my own banks of personal presets:

  1. OB-Xd being closed, I open a File Explorer in the folder "Banks".
  2. I duplicate the bank named "001 - Init Bank.fxb". To this new file I give the name "BlackWinny 001.fxb" (I increment the number each time I create a bank of course).
  3. Now I open my DAW and I open OB-Xd.
  4. I load my new bank named "BlackWinny 001.fxb" (or any other sequential number).
  5. In that bank, I load the original preset that I want to replace by a personal preset.
  6. I tweak the knobs to make a new patch.
  7. Using my DAW I rename the preset by a new name ("My first personal preset" for example).
  8. And I just resave the bank. That's all. That way I have made a new preset, I have named it... and the changes apply in the bank "BlackWinny 001.fxb" which was loaded at this moment.
  9. Making this procedure from 5 to 8 for new (or modified) patch after new (or modified) patch I create that way my personal bank(s) and I don't bother with any fxp presets.

:-)

BobVolpe
BobVolpe
1 April 2018 at 12:52am

BlackWInny, .

Would you have any idea why Ardour would Blacklist the Obdx64.so plugin ? I tried to install this on another computer, same OS (Al Linux 64-bit) and I can't get the Obxd64 plugin to load, it's being blacklisted.

BlackWinny
BlackWinny
1 April 2018 at 12:20pm

Hello Bob, .

Check your PMs. I just replied to you by a PM.

Cheers, .

Jacques.

44Mills
44Mills
21 August 2015 at 6:32am

HEy all, is there a patch or anything that would allow automation on ableton for this? cant find anything.

motwell
motwell
17 November 2015 at 7:29am

I'm setting up a new DAW computer (Win10) and i can't remember *where* to install the OBXD preset banks. Also can't remeber how to access the presets from the OBXD UI.

Sorry for silly noob questions, but haven't been able to find where i learned this info in the first place.

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RickRockz
RickRockz
28 January 2016 at 9:00am

There is no 'set' place to install the presets.... just install them in a folder of your choice (I put them in a folder called 'OBXD Patches' that gets backed up nightly so they don't get lost), then after loading an instance of OBXD in your DAW, go to the VST2 drop-down menu and choose "Load Bank..." or "Load Patch...". Navigate to the folder where you installed the patch banks or patches, choose the bank you want, and it will load. The next time you go to the "Load Bank..." menu, it will default to the last folder you opened. Remember to Unzip/extract all your banks.

substage
substage
2 June 2016 at 12:48am

This software to be perfect just need an interface to access the FXB and FXP.

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Hesperos
Hesperos
25 June 2016 at 3:41am

What's the use of the AU presets? How can be loaded?

Thx.

dynochrome
dynochrome
6 September 2016 at 7:28pm

Are there any Styx fooling yourself or Sail away patches?

574X
574X
9 April 2017 at 8:36pm

I was only able to download the windows version via the linux download button. ...And so my battle with OBXd begins again! This time I've returned stronger, smarter, faster.

karpitsky
karpitsky
27 April 2017 at 8:58am

Is it only Mac version? Click on "Win" icon and downloading installer for Mac.

Ben [KVR]
Ben [KVR]
27 April 2017 at 9:10am

Links should be fixed now.

zeruel
zeruel
25 May 2017 at 3:29pm

Is there a 32-bit version for Mac?

Thank you.

ubonka
ubonka
23 July 2017 at 10:02am

I copied VST to my PLUGIN folder of Ableton. It works but the window of the plugin isn't the full view and there is no option to scroll to some features. Anyone can help with that?

johey
johey
24 August 2017 at 11:10am

Where is the source for the current release? Last update on github repo is from 2014, while the 1.4 binary release is from 2017.

Big Tick
Big Tick
3 September 2017 at 3:36pm

Yes I'd love to get the latest sources as well.

Sidom
Sidom
1 November 2017 at 5:14pm

According to the main OB-Xd thread on KVR, the latest (discoDSP) source can be found here: https://github.com/reales/OB-Xd

Samuel_S
Samuel_S
4 July 2018 at 5:25pm

I'm just curious, how does the OBxd compare to the OP-X Pro 2? Like in closeness in sound to the real thing, accuracy of emulation, sound quality, etc. That kind of thing. I'm asking because the Obxd seems like a fully packed VST, especially since it's free so I'm wondering about its worth compared to the OP-X Pro II.

BlackWinny
BlackWinny
4 July 2018 at 6:15pm

I have both. And I use both frequently.

OB-Xd is very nice to give "Oberheim-like" sounds for someone who doesn't want to pay an OP-X Pro II copy or can't afford to get it.

But I would d say that OP-X Pro II is much closer to the Oberheim oscillators and filters than OB-Xd is.

And it offers also much more possibilities with a much wider palette.

To someone who can't afford OP-X Pro II and wants sounds quite close, I'd say "Go to OB-Xd !" (or to OB-Xtreme which is very nice too). But to someone who can afford OP-X Pro II I'd say "Don't hesitate ! Take it ! It is much closer."

Samuel_S
Samuel_S
4 July 2018 at 7:56pm

Thanks so much! I will take note of it the next when I take another look at the OP-X Pro II.

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