Aly James’ OB-Xtreme synth plugin now gives you an even more authentic Oberheim-style experience

Aly James OB-Xtreme 2
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Aly James’ OB-Xtreme synth plugin has been delivering Oberheim-style goodness to the masses for almost eight years now, and version 2 promises to deliver a sound that’s even closer to the classic instruments - the OB-X and OB-Xa - that inspired it.

James describes this as a remake rather than an update, with a design that’s more closely related to the original OB specs. In fact, we’ve promised improvements across every element of the virtual circuitry.

OB-Xtreme 2 is an 8-voice polyphonic synth with a FAT mode that engages 8-voice unison mono. There’s also polyphonic unison, effectively giving you 8x8-voice power.

You’ll find most of the OB-X/OB-Xa functionality here, including the Saw, Pulse, Tri and Saw+Pulse oscillator shapes, along with 2- and 4-pole filters. You also get an Xtreme factor control that enables you to dial in some chunky distortion.

If you want to dive a little deeper, it’s also possible to adjust the eight voice cards’ voltages using a series of macro sliders. 

OB-Xtreme 2 is currently being sold as a pre-release. It’s pretty much feature-complete, though LFO 2 isn’t yet active and the version 2 factory presets haven’t yet been added. These features will arrive in the form of a free update in September. Existing users can upgrade on a pay-what-you-want basis (minimum €1). 

Find out more on the Aly James website. OB-Xtreme 2 runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU formats and costs €45.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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