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Arturia Oberheim SEM V3

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Faithfully reproducing the warm Oberheim SEM tone, the Oberheim SEM V is also polyphonic, with a full array of innovative sonic features.

Favored by top artists and producers such as Goldfrapp, Herbie Hancock and even John Carpenter for its fatness and unique harmonic spectrum, the Oberheim sound is an absolute must have for your studio.

 
 

 Artists speak about Oberheim SEM V

 

The Oberheim SEM V has a simplicity and elegance that was a feature of many 70’s synths. Arturia have managed to replicate these qualities as well as adding some very cool innovations to the original design. The 8 Voice programmer module in particular is a joy to use especially in combination with the arpeggiator, delivering beautifully evolving sequences and pulsating arps. A true classic in my opinion.

 

Brendan Perry 
( Dead Can Dance )
 

 Artists speak about Oberheim SEM V

 

Arturia has done it again! I am proud to be a part of the beta testing for the Oberheim SEM V... the original SEM was one of my first and favorite synths. Arturia has nailed it ...plus polyphony without the tuning nightmare. What more can you ask for?

 

Steve Lindsey
 

 Artists speak about Oberheim SEM V

 

The return of the unknown classic! I used 2 of these SEM modules (salvaged from an 8 voice) virtually every working day between 1992 and 2005 in my studio. If i wanted a pulsey seq or arpegio type riff this was THE synth. Cuts through a mix great and like nothing else BUT VIRTUALLY NO ONE KNEW THESE LITTLE SYNTHS!!! (clients referred to them as "the white lads") An absolute classic that i am extremely glad has been virtualised and a true asset to anyones sonic arsenal.

 

Roger Lyons
 

 Artists speak about Oberheim SEM V

 

Analogue warmth & movement abound in the unique multimode filter found on the SEM and I'm happy to say that this has been faithfully recreated on the Arturia version of this venerable classic analogue module. The front panel of the SEM always had a beautiful simplicity to it that made creating your own sounds a breeze and the subtle additions that Arturia have made to this are well thought out and in keeping with the sound of this timeless classic synth.

 

Ian Boddy
 

 Artists speak about Oberheim SEM V

 

Arturia has once again delivered a faithful recreation of another analog classic with SEM V. SEM V is a highly musical instrument that evokes the original in so many surprising ways. The filter in all states sounds like the real thing, and they've even captured some more subtle details like the clipping of the envelope generators that adds to the signature sound of the original synth. I have been a long-time user of the SEMs, and about 15 years ago I spent a wheelbarrow full of money to have my several of my Studio Electronics rack-mounted SEMs further modified to bring out all their patch points from the original circuit boards, something the Oberheim people were nice enough to leave there for us. Then I built separate breakout boxes for the patch points as well as for little oscillator mixers, mults and ... wait for it ... suboscillators at both 8vb and 16vb. Now Arturia has added so many of these previously expensive and esoteric features to SEM V. No more metal shop visits or electrical engineer wrangling required! Imagine my delight when I first tried SEM V and found the control for suboscillators. Where were you guys 15 years ago ?

 

Erik Norlander
 

 Artists speak about Oberheim SEM V

 

We have been using Arturia's instruments for quite a while now and it`s an excellent addition to our work. Their new Analog Laboratory is a very effective unit especially in combination with the original soft synths.

 

Dr. Richard 
( Kruder & Dorfmeister )
 

 Artists speak about Oberheim SEM V

 

The Oberheim SEM V has a simplicity and elegance that was a feature of many 70’s synths. Arturia have managed to replicate these qualities as well as adding some very cool innovations to the original design. The 8 Voice programmer module in particular is a joy to use especially in combination with the arpeggiator, delivering beautifully evolving sequences and pulsating arps. A true classic in my opinion.

 

Brendan Perry 
( Dead Can Dance )
 

 Artists speak about Oberheim SEM V

 

Arturia has done it again! I am proud to be a part of the beta testing for the Oberheim SEM V... the original SEM was one of my first and favorite synths. Arturia has nailed it ...plus polyphony without the tuning nightmare. What more can you ask for?

 

Steve Lindsey

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"An awesome synth which takes the Oberheim classic and expand it into a versatile all-rounder"
Future Music
"As a straight emulation of the classic SEM sound, the SEM V ticks all the boxes, but the software has so much more to offer when you explore it in greater depth : small but effective additions to the SEM design, advanced voice editing features and, of course, an excellent polyphonic mode. The range of sounds available is much greater than the SEM name might suggest, covering classic Oberheim ground and much more, and this makes the SEM V a great synth in its own right."
Future Music
"[The Oberheim SEM V] will be an excellent complement to other synths and soft synths - beautifully simple to use in the first instance, while offering greater depth when you're ready to take advantage of it. Oh yes, and then there's that sound !"
Sound On Sound
"I'm impressed by how well SEM V captures the sound of Oberheim hardware, and its extended features make it more flexible than its namesake [...] SEM V is one of the most genuinely analog-sounding soft synths yet. If you love the sound of vintage synths, SEM V should be a part of your virtual rig."
Keyboard
"The SEM V is a gorgeous-sounding synth and, crucially, like the original it’s fairly easy to get to grips with. You don’t have to be a synth wizard to tweak and design sounds, and it’s a lot of fun when you play around […] The new features – arpegiattor, sub-oscillator and three modules - extend the functionality of the instrument even further, and will surely help you get more out of what is already an excellent synth."
Music Tech
"An awesome synth which takes the Oberheim classic and expand it into a versatile all-rounder"
Future Music
"As a straight emulation of the classic SEM sound, the SEM V ticks all the boxes, but the software has so much more to offer when you explore it in greater depth : small but effective additions to the SEM design, advanced voice editing features and, of course, an excellent polyphonic mode. The range of sounds available is much greater than the SEM name might suggest, covering classic Oberheim ground and much more, and this makes the SEM V a great synth in its own right."
Future Music
"[The Oberheim SEM V] will be an excellent complement to other synths and soft synths - beautifully simple to use in the first instance, while offering greater depth when you're ready to take advantage of it. Oh yes, and then there's that sound !"
Sound On Sound
"I'm impressed by how well SEM V captures the sound of Oberheim hardware, and its extended features make it more flexible than its namesake [...] SEM V is one of the most genuinely analog-sounding soft synths yet. If you love the sound of vintage synths, SEM V should be a part of your virtual rig."
Keyboard

Analog masterpiece revisited

Accurately recreating the tone, waveshapes, multimode 12dB/octave filter and other detailed characteristics, the Oberheim SEM V delivers all the deep analog sounds that made its grand ancestor so unique and praised among all analog synthesizers. The Oberheim SEM V also expands the possibilities of the original thanks to powerful additional features. Besides polyphony, MIDI control and arpeggiation, a full set of new parameters is available.

8-voice creativity

The SEM V not only excels at growling basses and textured leads, but it also brings the warm brasses, ethereal pads, and amazing sequences possible on the expensive Oberheim 8 Voice model. By using the 8 Voice Programmer module, it becomes extremely intuitive to edit each SEM voice independently to create lively modulations in your sound. But you can even go further in shaping complex sounds, by using the advanced Keyboard Follow and the Modulation Matrix.

 
 
 

Main Features

All the original parameters of the Oberheim SEM : two oscillators, each offering sawtooth wave and variable-width pulse wave with PWM, sine wave LFO, 12dB/oct multi-mode Filter with low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and notch, two ADS envelope generators.
Added functionalities : New LFO, Noise, Sub oscillator, on board effects (overdrive, chorus and delay), Arpeggiator, Portamento.
Polyphony up to 32 and 8 Voice Multitimbrality
New 8 Voice Programmer module
Advanced Keyboard Follow module
Modulation Matrix module
Works in Standalone
Now compatible with iSEM Preset export/import
Polyphony parameter to limit the polyphony of the plugin
20 new factory presets from Ian Boddy
21 new factory presets from Erik Norlander
35 new factory presets from Richard Courtel
11 new factory presets from Kevin Lamb
14 new factory presets from Drew Newmann
"Forward Retrigg" mode for the 8-Voice Programmer (for easy use of sequences using the Arpeggiator)
"Reassign" mode for the 8-Voice Programmer (like in the original one, the SEM V will first use the boards that are not gated in its voice assignment)
Sustain pedal is now active on all systems

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