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
Dave Cornutt
November 3, 2012 @ 11:11 pm
@tom freeman: As far as I know, the black and white versions are identical except for the paint job.
September 3, 2012 @ 4:58 pm
The Matrix 6 and matrix 1000 do not receive CCs. They only receive SysEx. The CPU is drastically under-powered and this makes its response to SysEx messages extremely sluggish. Live tweaking is all but totally impossible, in my experience. SysEx may be used for programming patches, however use in any "live" context would be problematic.
September 2, 2012 @ 11:55 pm
They have the same CEM3396 chips. Even same software bugs. Only front panel has the different colour.
Tom Freeman
August 31, 2012 @ 3:26 pm
I'm interesting in getting one of these. The white version undeniably looks cooler. I read here: http://musicthing.blogspot.co.uk/2004/12/are-white-synthesizers-cooler-than.html that the black version has better filters though. Has anyone else heard this? I had thought it was just the same unit in a different coloured chassis. Is anyone aware of any actual differences on the inside, between the black and white version?
August 31, 2012 @ 11:09 am
do all these software programmers for the M1000 essentially send the module MIDI cc? Would it be possible to just send the synth cc # messages to control it's parameters?

Also, does this synth send MIDI? so that one could send it MIDI and it could send MIDI back according to how its parameters are changing.
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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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