Famous Presets for Arturia OB-Xa V

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Legends is a collection of famous presets for Arturia OB-Xa V with a focus on recreating classic sounds from some of the biggest hits of the early 80s. Legends includes 100 presets spanning a large variety of sounds: classic bass plucks, rich chorused synth strings, warm Oberheim brass and melodic lead sounds. Whether you want to make synthpop with authentic sounds or want to inject some vintage flavour into modern beats, this pack has you covered. 

Arturia OB-Xa V is a software emulation of the Oberheim OB-Xa, a legendary poly synth that, along with its siblings the OB-X and OB-8, were used on records by Michael Jackson, Prince (Dirty Mind and Controversy), Madonna (on her ’83 debut), Van Halen (1984) and Rush (Signals and Moving Pictures) alongside many others. With the Legends preset pack, you get the same sounds used on many legendary albums meticulously recreated at your fingertips.

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Some of the highlights of the Legends pack are the faithful recreations of sounds 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 standard of my Synth Sounds series of articles. 

All of the patches use Arturia OB-Xa’s onboard effects to include some of the original production effects into the presets. In general these sounds have a less heavy use of effects and modulation than the modern sounds featured in my other OB-Xa V pack, Obelisk.

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 OB-Xa V or Arturia Analog Lab V.

The OB-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 synth plugins OB-Xa V and Analog Lab 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.