1987-1994, Midi, 12 DCO, 1u rack-mounted, 6 note polyphonic, analogue synthesizer
These racks are pretty common and go for very little money considering what is inside that inconspicuous 1u rack. Oberheim packed the whole Matrix 6 synth onto one board using 6 of the ‘synth-on-a-chip’ CEM IC’s – the spec is rather impressive:
6 note polyphonic, 2 DCOs per voice, low pass filter, 2 VCA’s, 3 ENV generators, 2 LFO’s, 2 ramp gens, a tracking generator and a 10 way modulation matrix!!
Now also note that the Matrix-6 keyboard has no knobs at all, and has two ‘levers’ which look like poor excuses for pitch bend and modulation wheels – I ask: why would you buy a Matrix-6 at all? Surely you are better off with this synth in a rack anyway?! (The only down-side is not being able to program sounds using the software editor while a DAW is open)
The Matrix-1000 was intended as a sound module with 1000 of the best sounds from the Matrix-6 keyboard. A lot the presets are truly excellent; stick a good effects unit on them and you’re away! If you wish to make your own patches you will need an editor as below. (I’ll update this when I am more familiar with the synthesis).
Minor Problem: For some reason I appear to have some dead patch locations on the synth; for example if I send a patch to location 011 the sound is silent, have to save to location 012 instead. Anybody else had this or got any idea what’s going on?
OB6000 Matrix 6/1000 Editor
I’ve tested a couple of different editors for the Matrix and have had the best results with OB6000 at this time. This is a stand-alone program which gives complete control over the synth including sending & receiving sounds and banks, and editing patches.
I have now begun to learn the synth properly and started a bank of my own sounds 🙂