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How is the keybed of the OB-6?

How is the keybed of the OB-6?
« on: January 22, 2020, 09:59:53 PM »
Curious how you find the keybed? Wondering if I should get the module and use my primary midi controlling keyed synth (the DeepMind 12) or replace the DM12 with the OB-6 as my primary set of keys.  Would you say the OB-6 has a better than usual keybed? Iím looking for something not too stiff or loose, that just right feel... I know hard to explain...

Also, might be cool to have the OB-6 at the forefront on display too while the DM12 is traded for a rack mount..hmmm... I dunno.

The problem for me with the OB-6 module is that it is not rackmountable. Since that is the case Iím sorta leaning towards the keyboard but it is a bit of a price diff... anyways Iím ok to pay the diff just hoping the keybed feels reaaaally nice.

OB-6 owners, what ya say?


Re: How is the keybed of the OB-6?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2020, 07:45:41 AM »
For me it's just right.  For reference: I like it better than the keybeds on the Pro2 or P12.   Outside of the Sequential family: I don't recall the feel of the Deepmind keys being too much different, though for what it's worth, one of my Deepmind C keys is feeling kind of weird, like not springing back as much- but has not affected playability thus far. 

My only complaint on the OB keys is that aftertouch attack on the OB6 is quite sudden.  The PO8 and Mofo keybeds were my favorites of the DSI synths so far.
DSI Equipment: Poly Evolver Keyboard, Evolver desktop, Prophet 8,  Pro-2, OB6, P-12
 

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Re: How is the keybed of the OB-6?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2020, 06:03:45 PM »
I have had mine for a couple of years. I liked the keybed (Fatar TP-9S, I believe) right from the start and nothing has changed. I use it as my controller for other synths and the DAW, and finally got rid of my Roland XP-10 which was my 'go to' kit for many years (I never really liked the single-stick MOD/PITCH gizmo)...hadn't used the voices in years (but I digress).

I agree that the aftertouch is a little 'touchy', but if you set up the gain and offset on the effect you're programming with it, it does have a nice sweet spot, and so I have grown accustomed. The Pitch Bend and Mod Wheel are very good.

The only thing that I miss is my XP-10 was 61 keys and the OB-6 is only 49...not a killer but occasionally annoying, however, on the positive side, it takes up less space!
DSI OB-6, Nord Electro 3HP & 6HP, Roland SoundCanvas SC55mkii, Beatstep Pro, Minibrute 2S, MPD18 (+mpcstuff), Roland TD-4 V-drums, Fender-Rhodes Stage MK1, Reaper, plus dozens of acoustic instruments and mikes.

Re: How is the keybed of the OB-6?
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2020, 10:43:57 PM »
Well, that all sounds promising. I think for a synth such as the OB-6, I would say Iíve decided to get the keyed version for a couple reasons. Mainly because this will be my treasured synth, the sort of special synth of this generation, jewel in the crown sorta thing! So being able to just play it without any hassle might just be reason enough.

One thing I do not really feel the need to own anymore is a midi controller for my computer vsts and Kontakt / East West orchestral instruments. I love that I can just put a synth on my desk, and control everything with it.  The only nagging thing in my mind by using a synth as a midi controller (at times) is that Iím adding extra wear and tear on a thing that Iíd like to keep in good condition for many years.  But from what I understand, Sequential makes very high quality products and they will last decades.

Re: How is the keybed of the OB-6?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2020, 11:23:15 AM »
brinstar,  You won't be disappointed with the OB6 keyboard version.  The whole idea of this instrument is it's immediacy.  It's built well and not going to wear out.  Even if it did, the keybed is replaceable.
DSI Equipment: Poly Evolver Keyboard, Evolver desktop, Prophet 8,  Pro-2, OB6, P-12
 

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Re: How is the keybed of the OB-6?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2020, 02:19:00 PM »
I've got a Prophet 6 - which uses the same keyboard - and it's the most enjoyably playable synth I've owned. You'll be pleased, I'm sure.