Famous Synth Presets

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Introducing Legends, a collection of iconic famous synth presets for Arturia OP-Xa V and Analog Lab V, meticulously crafted to bring the classic sounds of the early 80s directly into your studio. This comprehensive pack features 100 presets spanning an array of timeless sounds that defined an era: from quintessential bass plucks to chorused synth strings, warm Oberheim brass, and melodic lead sounds. Legends is designed not only for those aiming to create authentic 80s synthpop but also for modern producers looking to infuse a touch of vintage flavour into contemporary beats.
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The Legends sounds are all crafted for Arturia OP-Xa V, a software emulation of the Oberheim OB-Xa, a legendary polyphonic synthesizer renowned for its rich and warm tones. The OB-Xa, along with its siblings OB-X and OB-8, left a significant mark on the music industry, being featured on records by Michael Jackson, Prince (notably on Dirty Mind and Controversy), Madonna (on her ’83 debut), Van Halen (1984) and Rush (Signals and Moving Pictures) alongside many others. The Legends preset pack offers an opportunity to access and utilize these historic sounds, meticulously recreated for modern music production.
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Some of the highlights of the Legends pack are the faithful recreations of famous synth presets used by Prince and Michael Jackson which I haven’t included in any previous preset packs. All of the sounds in this pack have been made by directly referencing the original tracks and recreating the presets to the same high standard of my Synth Sounds series of articles. 

In addition to recreating the iconic synth patches, all of the presets in Legends utilize the onboard effects of Arturia OP-Xa to incorporate elements of the original production effects into the presets. This approach results in sounds that are more faithful to the original recordings that the presets are based on, as production effects were often use to shape the sound. In general these sounds have a less heavy use of effects and modulation than modern synth presets such as those featured in my other Arturia OP-Xa V pack, Obelisk.

Legends provides a detailed and authentic collection of famous synth presets, capturing the essence of the 80s. It’s an essential toolkit for producers and musicians aiming to blend classic sounds with contemporary music styles, honouring the past while forging new sonic pathways.

Full Patchlist

  • 1984 Rez Bass
  • 1984 Strings
  • 99 Balloons Bass
  • 99 Balloons Strings
  • Axel F Bass
  • Axel F Keys
  • Axel F Lead
  • Baby Be Mine Funky Lead
  • Baby Be Mine Soft Lead
  • Beautiful Ones
  • Break Free Solo
  • Chemistry Pad
  • Comp Blue Stabs
  • Controversy Strings
  • Countdown Solo
  • Countdown Strings
  • Doctor Doctor Sequence
  • Doctor Doctor Lead
  • Doctor Doctor 5th Lead
  • Doves Cry Keys
  • Doves Cry Strings
  • Dress You Up Bass
  • Dress You Up Strings
  • Dress You Up Xylophone
  • Drive Lead
  • Drive Pad 1
  • Drive Pad 2
  • Every Little Thing She Does
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • Fade to Grey Bass
  • Fade to Grey Bell
  • Fade to Grey Strings
  • Gimme Gimme Bass
  • Gimme Gimme Lead
  • Head Over Heels Brass
  • Here Comes The Rain Again
  • Holiday Bass
  • Holiday Keys
  • Holiday Lead
  • Holiday Strings
  • I Don’t Care Anymore
  • I Wanna Be Your Lover
  • In the Air Tonight
  • Into The Groove Bass
  • Into The Groove Keys
  • Invisible Sun
  • It’s a Sin Lead
  • Jump (For My Love) Brass
  • Jump (For My Love) Hi String
  • Just What I Needed
  • Kids in America Bass
  • Kids in America Perc
  • Kids in America Strings
  • La Isla Bonita Bass
  • Let’s Go Crazy Organ
  • Let’s Go Lead
  • Let’s Go String
  • Like a Virgin Bass
  • Like It’s 1999
  • Losing It Arps
  • Might As Well Jump
  • New Song Bass
  • New Song Percussion
  • New Song Solo
  • Nothing Compares 2 U
  • Numan String
  • O My God Pad
  • Pretty Young Bass
  • Radio Ga Ga Arps
  • Radio Ga Ga Strings
  • Ran So Far Away Strings
  • Rebel Yell Seq
  • Rebel Yell Lead
  • Rebel Yell Strings 
  • Rio Arps
  • Rock With You
  • Separate Ways Harpsichord
  • Sisters Doin’ It Themselves
  • Sweet Dreams Lead
  • Sweet Dreams String 1
  • Sweet Dreams String 2
  • Subdivisions Brass
  • Tainted Love Bass
  • Take On Me Lead
  • The Camera Eye Brass
  • The Camera Eye Pad
  • The Final Countdown
  • The Way You Make Bass
  • The Way You Make Brass
  • Thriller Bass
  • Tom Sawyer Lead
  • Tom Sawyer Rez Bass
  • Waiting for a Girl Keys
  • Waiting for a Girl Lead
  • Wanna Be Startin’ Bass
  • West End Bass
  • When U Were Mine
  • Why U Wanna Organ
  • You Got Lucky Brass
  • You Got Lucky Flute

Legends Preset Demos

All synth tracks are Legends presets.
  • Legends 00:00
  • '84 Oberheim 00:00
  • Prince S&H 00:00
  • Idol Eyes 00:00
  • Visage 00:00

Presets Playthrough

Below is a more in-depth playthrough of some of the individual presets from the Legends pack in Arturia Analog Lab V. No external effects or processing have been added, the sounds are straight from Analog Lab V.


To use the Legends presets you will need to already own either Arturia OP-Xa V or Arturia Analog Lab V.

The OP-Xa V bank requires version 1.1.1 or higher. The Analog Lab V bank requires version version 5.0.1 or higher. Both banks feature identical presets.

The OP-Xa V and Analog Lab plugins are not included in the Legends download. They are available to purchase from either the Arturia website or Splice's Rent-to-Own plans.

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Legends is also available in the Arturia Presets Bundle and the Everything Bundle.