Oberheim Matrix 1000

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The analog Matrix 1000 is essentially 1,000 Matrix 6 patches in a single-space compact rackmount MIDI module. It has the same synth architecture as the Matrix 6. Each of its 6 voices have two DCO's (digitally controlled analog oscillator), a low pass filter, 2 VCA's, 3 envelope gens, 2 LFO's, and 2 ramp gens. The sounds are plentiful and good enough, however sounds can only be edited via MIDI, so you'll need an external MIDI editor (such as MOTU's Unisyn) or Access' Matrix Programmer to edit parameters. You can also load sounds from the Matrix 6 via SysEx or software.

The Matrix 1000 provides an excellent source of pads, textures and ambient sounds. It has 195 "keyboard" sounds, 118 "strings", 130 "woodwinds & perc", 239 "synthesizer", 119 "bass", 74 "lead" and 125 "effects". For the price, there is no better way to find genuine analog Oberheim Matrix sounds in a compact and very in-expensive rack module that is loaded with more sounds than you'll ever need! The older versions of the Matrix 1000 have a black front-panel. The newer models in the '90's have a cream colored face-plate. It has been used by Apollo 440, Juno Reactor, Moby, Cirrus, Fatboy Slim, Laurent Garnier, ATB, Depeche Mode, Future Sound of London, Pet Shop Boys, and Faithless.

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64 Visitor comments
May 6, 2014 @ 5:43 pm
Oh yeah Patrick!, I forgot that using samples from internet-available-banks and sound like EVERYBODY else making 'electronic music' is the coolest and original thing on earth! Genius! ¬¬
April 6, 2014 @ 10:04 am
No need to buy a matrix 1000 because Hollow Sun make a matrix 1000 for kontakt samplers. Check it out.
Hollow Sun make the best Kontakt banks :)
November 14, 2013 @ 7:58 am
The oberheim matrix 1000 is a cheap version of a matrix 6 with a huge and warm sound. The only drawback is that you cannot program it without a Software editor. Recently I found out that you can program it with a kenton control freak studio edition.
August 3, 2013 @ 11:57 pm
There are entire banks, or let's say 80% of the 900 presets that sound just like a cheap digital synth from the 80's or 90's. You really need a software editor to get the real organic and warm sounds, and then the modulation possibilities and routings are almost endless, making it 'a must synth' to get those ethereal yet reallistic sounds. Not 'a rare to find synth', you should pay no more than 400 € to get one in fully operative and good cosmetical condition, because they were build like a tank. Used extensively by Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin (this and the Matrix 6, M12 & M6 rack)
July 26, 2013 @ 11:13 am
To Matt:
mmmhhh, it sounds like one of the voices' CEM IC doesn't work anymore. So, You should buy a new one (Ebay, I think...) and try to find wich one is broken.If You are lucky, maybe it's the backup battery that is out of service..... Try and change it, then follow the reset routine described on the owner's manual ( can't remember the page number, but they are not several...).I'm italian, hope I explained everything correctly... :-)
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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.
  • Demos & Media
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    Oberheim Matrix-1000 Analog Synthesizer by RetroSound
    by retrosound72

    Audio Clip 1 - Except for the drum loop, this track is all Matrix 6! These sounds can also come from the Matrix 1000.

    Manual - Read or download the complete and original owner's manual for the Oberheim Matrix 1000 (in PDF format).

    Editor - The MATRIX 2001 is a Graphical User Interface for the Oberheim Matrix-1000 synth module for the PC. It's just about $10 and offers direct 'on-the-fly' editing of all sound parameters with visual feedback using large and familiar controls, fully integrated Bank Manager with point-and-click interface, SysEx file import and export, and Random patch generator.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 12 DCO's at 2 per voice
  • LFO - 2
  • Layers - Single / Split / Multitimbral
  • Memory - 800 preset patches, 200 user patches
  • Keyboard - None
  • Effects - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1987 - 1994
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