Cheetah MS-6

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Towards the end of the eighties, the British company Cheetah released their finest, the MS6. It's a 6-voice polyphonic/multitimbral analog synthesizer in a single-unit rack module. It has two digitally controlled oscillators per voice (12 DCOs) to provide better stability, and they sound surprisingly warm and musical. It's got the same sound chips (CEM 3396) as the Oberheim Matrix 6/6R and Matrix 1000 but the MS6 is multitimbral! Get creative with layering patches for ensembles or Trance heaven! Hidden within this little unit are some wonderful string, bass, lead, voice and percussion sounds!

The MS6 is a full-featured analog synth with 12 oscillators with PWM, noise and sync. There are 6 analog 24dB/oct filters which are warm and resonant! Programming from the front panel is possible but quite a bit tedious, so use of an editor is definitely recommended, such as Unisyn or the Knobby. The MS6 has been used by OMD and Rick Wakeman.

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20 Visitor comments
June 20, 2010 @ 1:33 pm
see one, get one, then get kris maad's o/s update, & find a tech who can fit you 6 outputs. you then have 6 pro-1's in a box.
these are curtis voice-chips with DCO front ends. where cheetah let the thing go cheaply was in the UI & the mono output stage. I read somewhere there was a stereo version, but never seen it. I fitted my first one with 6 outs & the maad mod., now I use a novation keyboard to program it. fat. I've got a pro-1, p600, sources, prodigys.... to go bigger than this, there's only the memorymoog.
April 17, 2010 @ 9:54 pm
Also used by Mat Jarvis on his cult Gas0095 album.
April 10, 2010 @ 7:22 pm
These are really nice sounding synths. Basically if it was in keyboard form with loads of knobs on, people would be paying ridiculous prices on ebay for them! The sound is very nice and warm...great basses and excels at pads and fx and all with midi! The only major gripe I have is that they are so unrealiable..mine was bought with 5 voices..fixed back up to 6 its back down to 4 voices! :)
May 15, 2009 @ 3:28 pm
Had one of these up untill recently; a really great synth. A bit of a pain to program at first, but once you know what you're doing its fine. A firmware upgrade giving more waveforms, portamento etc is available from and really opens it up to more possibilities.
Giovanni Carboni
November 15, 2008 @ 5:20 am
A great Synth. Not easy to use but with a warm analog sound. Very underrated on the market, but if you want a cheap poliphonic analog synth, this is one of the best!
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 12 DCOs (2 per voice) with pwm, noise, sync
  • LFO - Yes
  • Filter - six 24 dB/octave resonant low-pass
  • VCA - 12 velocity and pressure sensitive envelopes
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 320 ROM sounds, 96 RAM sounds, 64 user
  • Control - MIDI (6-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1988
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