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
April 30, 2011 @ 6:12 pm
can anyone help me?
I have an MS6 but when I turn it on it goes into calibration mode and gets stuck on voice 6 and freezes. It used to work fine with just 5 voices but now cant get out of calibration mode at all. This is the 2nd MS6 I've had and they keep dying on me! Shame as I love the sound.
February 11, 2011 @ 6:07 pm
I agree putting the instructions on the lid is a bit silly when its in the rack thats the only thing I've ever thought was wrong with it. If you ever suffered the programing of a DX7 Poly 800 or a D50 then this is quite easy. Sounds great . I've had mine from new no trouble. dont worry about whats in it or how much like the matrix1000 it is Buy one there worth the money providing you not paying the eBay its a classic analog price tag.There is some real S**t for sale, that was c**p when it was new, 20-30 years later still is only is now past its best but its now classic yeah right! Ms6 is Ok
January 11, 2011 @ 11:34 am
It is a very capable machine and sounds like a milliondollar synth but it's let down by bad soldering joints etc. It's made cheap but soundwise there is nothing like it (if it works). People by crappy analogs (and are willing to pay silly prices for them) because they made a name for themselfs but the MS6 beats them bigtime soundwise.Who the hell gave the order to print the midispecs and patches on top of a synth made to sit in a rack for example is an other thing. And programming 128 midiparameters per voice with 2 knobs? Not well thought out I must say.....
October 1, 2010 @ 8:50 am
@ duncan

Do you have any information regarding the 6 output mod? I've been wanting to mod my ms6 since the day I got it, so any info would be so appreciated!
August 13, 2010 @ 6:55 am
If this had been made by Roland, Korg or Yamaha, people would be falling over themselves to pay 3x the price for them. I can't recommend these things enough. If the battery hasn't leaked, I think they are actually very reliable machines if you look after them with the love and attention they deserve.

I sold mine at the dawn of soft synths and spent about 10 years kidding myself that one day a softy would come along that could replace it (and my other analogs).

It hasn't. It won't. I had to re-buy it!

This is hands down the best multitimbral analog synth available for the cash. Perfectly easy to program from the front panel (and actually very quick once learned). If you want knobs, buy a knob box, get the firmware upgrade and stop yer whineing. Simples.

Would love some info on fitting multiple outputs though, if any one is kind enough to help?
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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