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
July 9, 2012 @ 12:26 am
Just so ya know, there is a Lemur template for editing the 1000. Makes it far more enjoyable to work with.
April 20, 2012 @ 3:17 am
I bought it 3 days ago for $200, but just hav oppotunity to do the testing. I think it sounds different from Roland's MKSes that I got which was what I thought (MKS 7, 30, juno2 aka MKS 50) although, they share the same DCOed in rack kind. Lets say u can't make them related in sound architecture. Matrix 1000 sounds far more inspiring with bargain of 800 factory patches + 200 user's settings. Prepare to pay between $200 to $400
April 12, 2012 @ 3:33 pm
If its a headphone output, it's a stereo. But for the audio out put if it doesn't mention about havingn the L next to the R at the out put, then it's a mono. Cuz stereo basically means the listening image that you can perceive from both left & right ears which would form or expand listening dimension
Also no mater how many voices you have on your poly synth, it doesnt necessarily mean that the audio out is assigned to be a stereo
March 13, 2012 @ 12:36 pm
It was used by the Masters At Work (Nuyorican Soul - The Nervous Track)
March 10, 2012 @ 2:07 pm
It's mono. Polyphony doesn't mean stereo. Other polys may have stereo outputs because you can either assign voices L/R (which isn't really a stereo) or they have some onboard stereo effects like chorus or delay.

Here's a little tip for you:
Record sequence once, pan L, record it a second time, pan R. Enjoy.

Alternatively you can just add aforementioned effects.
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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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