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Arturia OB-Xa V Oberheim Synthesizer Plugin

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Longing to sound like the biggest icons of the 80s? Jump into the dream world of the future by activating the brand new features of the evolved synth.

Immerse yourself in this quirky synth and whip up new songs with the fat, creamy sounds that made it famous. Not only will you feel the original sound of punchy bass, thick analog pads and drones, and cyclical effects at your fingertips, you’ll also have access to brand new features that will bring out this iconic sound deeper than ever. OB-Xa V is here to let you spin that audio hurricane!

OB-Xa V has been one of our most requested synths, so we took extra care to make it more satisfying than you’d ever expect. That’s right - we went back to the future!




Punchy Synth Icon

Released in December 1980, the OB-Xa made a massive statement in the world of analog synths. Following the release of accessible digital synthesizers, Oberheim® brought in added polyphony, big sound, and impressive power to show the world what synth greatness really means, and it became an instant rival to its main competitor, Sequential Circuits’ Prophet 5.

OB-Xa is a hugely iconic synth behind Van Halen’s hit ‘Jump’ and albums by Prince, Queen, Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Chaka Khan, The Police, and more. Its dangerous, all-embracing sound is perfect for expressing the epic, heart-crushing drama of life. It’s used today by the likes of Flume, Chrome Sparks, Calvin Harris, and Venetian Snares, entering a new dimension of electronic music. Our faithful reproduction of OB-Xa with extra inspiration taken from the OB-X and OB-8 for the most satisfying result will be perfect for keyboardists and synth programmers.

It’s your turn to break free and let the world hear your rebel yell.



Sonic alchemy for the 21st century

OB-Xa was a hugely sought-after synth in its own time. With our carefully thought out features implemented, we made it even more intelligent, intuitive, and inspiring to use.


Stereo spread

The pioneering stereo spread feature lets your ears immerse into sound movement.



The arpeggiator generates expressive patterns and melodies to enhance your musical rhythms.



More flexibility of the LFO allows in-depth sound design capabilities and brings movement and excitement to the sound.


Cross modulation

The oscillators’ continuous cross modulation allows one oscillator to modulate the other one. This leads to frequency modulation, resulting in a nice, metallic sound. It’s parallel to the 0 to 1 switch on the original OB-X hardware.


Oscillator’s mix

Oscillators’ mix in the filter section lets you take your sound sources and craft them to achieve the end result you desire.



 Artists Corner


François X
As a big fan of Vangelis type of sounds, big synths like the OB-X are amongst my favorites. The OB-Xa is a beast for me, I’ve waited for so long to have a good emulation of the original synth. I can easily manipulate the parameters and achieve pretty big strings and arpeggio. It's a must.
François X
( DJ / Producer )


Well, as both a by-nature-virtual-synth-sceptic, and an OB-Xa owner, the first thing I am required to do with any software that purports to be a clone of hardware device is to fire up said hardware device, and A/B the two. The tonality of the two are effectively indistinguishable. This is shockingly good.

( DJ / Producer )


The OB-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

( Producer / Writer )
Georgi Kay


Full of vibrant soundscapes, vivid textures and countless variables to play with – the OB-Xa V has quickly become my new favourite Arturia toy and staple synth to use when I create.

Georgi Kay
( Musician / Producer )


Platform specifications


Win 7+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
1GB free hard disk space
OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

10.11+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
1GB free hard disk space
OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU


Required configuration

Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit.




The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


Oberheim® is a registered trademark of Tom Oberheim, which is in no way associated or affiliated with Arturia. All manufacturer and product names mentioned on this page are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Arturia. The trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose features and sound were studied during the development. All names of equipment, inventors, and manufacturers have been included for illustrative and educational purposes only, and do not suggest any affiliation or endorsement by any equipment inventor or manufacturer.


Main Features

Stereo spread with left/right offsets on oscillator, filter, and LFO parameters
Modulation matrix
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