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
January 14, 2012 @ 12:13 pm
@ davros: The only way to edit patches on the Matrix 1000 is via editor/librarian software or an external hardware controller like the Access Matrix Programmer (no longer made and difficult to find). The Access also works with the Matrix 6 and 6R. I have both the Matrix 1000 and Matrix 6 (keyboard version of 6R). The 6/6R are programmable via the numeric keypad, it's a real pain but doable.
January 13, 2012 @ 12:23 am
I'm looking to buy either a Matrix 1000 or Matrix 6R - and I'm trying to understand the programming limitations of the 1000 vs the 6R. From what I can gather, a limited number of parameters can be edited / programmed on the 1000, whereas the 6R permits full access to edit and customise all the sounds.

Is this correct? And if so, what exactly can be edited on the 1000? Can I adjust the DCOs, low pass filters, VCAs, envelope gens, LFOs etc?
July 28, 2011 @ 9:29 am
Sorry... you can't edit your posts unfortunately, but I thought I'd post the Midi Touch controller preset that tyrone made:


And be sure to thank him!
July 28, 2011 @ 9:28 am
@ Steven,

A midi programmer is certainly essential and available. I recently purchased Midi Touch (an iPad app) and downloaded a preset that has many of the sysex strings created by a guy named tyrone. He did an awesome job and anyone who has an iPad should get that app and his preset for the M1000, it's very good!

Anyway, I think the presets on this machine are quite nice and if you are unable to obtain a midi controller for what ever reason... you'd be quite content with its original sounds!
July 27, 2011 @ 1:20 am
Matrix 1000 can be programed totally via midi with a software programmer. There are some very good free Matrix programers downloadable from internet
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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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