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Oberheim Electronics was started in 1973 by Tom Oberheim . Originally a manufacturer of electronic effects devices, and briefly an ARP Instruments dealer, Oberheim went on to create several ground-breaking products in the early days of synthesizers and electronic music including the DS-2 (one of the first digital music sequencers) and the SEM (the first commercially available polyphonic synthesizer, available in two-, four-, and eight-voice configurations). Many famous musicians have used Oberheim synthesizers, including Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Joe Zawinul of Weather Report, Geddy Lee of Rush, and Jan Hammer (used SEM modules to power his main synth). Oberheim's later synths like the OB-X and OB-Xa abandoned the relatively bulky SEMs in favor of integrated circuits. Oberheim continued to make synthesizers until the late 80s. Other famous Oberheim synths include the OB-1 (monophonic), the OB-8, the Matrix 6, the Matrix 12, and the Matrix 1000.
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