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 19, 2011 @ 9:55 am
While this synth isn't editable by itself I still think it sounds way better than the Juno's. I have both (juno-106) and always feel way more inspired by the Matrix 1000's sound than I do with the Juno's. It must be in the dual oscillators per voice, I'm guessing. This is an absolutely awesome synth!
May 11, 2011 @ 10:04 pm
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April 3, 2011 @ 5:43 pm
DCO's are indeed a true analog/digital hyrbrid. Trust me, I've designed and built them.

You get real analog waveshapes, usually pulse and saw which are not sampled, cannot alias, and have frequency components that extend far beyond the audio range. The difference is that that frequency is generated digitally, usually by dividing a crystal oscillator frequency down with a counter.

However, the frequency resolution is not infinite and is always some divisor of the master clock. (the resolution gets worse at higher frequencies)
March 25, 2011 @ 11:07 am
DCO is a Digitally Controlled oscillator.

The original Juno-6 Contained DCO's

There is a real oscillator, it is just controlled digitally, instead of with a control voltage.
January 12, 2011 @ 2:51 am
@asci white
DCOs are analog sound sources controlled by digitally controlled control voltages. What do you mean they can't be both? The sound is analog (there is no DA concversion in the audio path) but pitch etc is controlled by digital means. It's very simple.
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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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