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
March 8, 2012 @ 4:07 am
Well I just took delivery of my very first Matrix 1000 - and to "call it sex in 1U rack" wouldn't be understating how wrapped I am in the sounds. I've also got Midi Quest XL so I can dig into some sound design, but to be honest it's going to take me awhile to explore the patches first. Quick question for you all, and it's probably a stupid one, but is the audio out in mono or stereo? I just assumed this was a stereo synth given it's got 6 voices, but there's only one 1/4" out on the back...
February 10, 2012 @ 8:39 pm
just get the Matrix 2001 editor http://www.mk2software.com/matrix/index.php i have it and it works very well. couldn't ask for more and really does bring this synthesizer to life.
January 17, 2012 @ 1:49 pm
@ davros Programmers like the Access, Doepfer, Novation, et al. cannot edit the extensive modulation matrix on the 1000. On a 6/6R the matrix is accessible, although tedious to edit. Midi Quest XL software allows you to edit the modulation matrix, perhaps some of the freeware Oberheim editor/librarians will allow this also, I'm not sure.
January 17, 2012 @ 6:03 am
@ ck: Thanks for the info. On further research, it seems patches can be edited on the 1000 using modern midi controllers such as the Novation SL mk2 or units from Behringer, which can send midi and sysex data, which means obtaining an Access Matrix isn't necessary. What I was concerned about, was whether there were any parameters on a 1000 that you couldn't edit that could be edited on a 6/6R - hence limiting the scope of sound design on the 1000.
January 14, 2012 @ 12:14 pm
Anyone had success controlling/editing the Matrix with hardware other than the Access Programmer or the Doepfer Drehbank (also extinct)?
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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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