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
Mike B
July 17, 2013 @ 11:06 am
The Matrix 1000 is NOT multitimbral. The description is wrong. The sounds are wonderful, but do not buy if you're looking for a mulitimbral rack unit.
July 13, 2013 @ 3:05 am
Matrix 1000 multitrack solo's:
https://soundcloud.com/sonor note/shrubaves
June 29, 2013 @ 8:10 pm
I just mine back from loaning it to a frient and its displaying very strange behavior. It is making a horrid noise when I press any key on any patch. If i do a run of keys up or down the keyboard, each note at a time, every 6th note sounds like hash. I think my transformer has succumbed to the known fault with the blackfaces. Does anyone know how to fix this? Ive tried isolating the power, grounding (I'm a former technician so I understand the methodology). Can someone please help me here - id really appreciate it because I love the little bastard and Ive got her back and she sounds terrible!
June 15, 2013 @ 6:04 am
On the difference between regular and white face: Had two black face ones poly chained over a decade ago, often a bit glitchy. I have one white face 1000 now, never had a problem with it in 7 years so far. My understanding the later run 1000s were white face, so thus they are newer and may not have had as many years of abuse.
April 19, 2013 @ 11:06 am
Demo Oberheim Matrix 1000 "City Lights"

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  • 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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