Oberheim Matrix 12

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Oberheim's Matrix 12 is a legendary analog synthesizer from the mid-eighties that is still the king of analog sounds. One of the fattest, roundest, pleasantly analog synthesizers around! It's long been known for creating some of the thickest and best analog pads, sweeps, buzzes, basses and textures. It features Matrix Modulation for extremely wild virtual patching for almost unlimited range of sounds and modulation capabilities!

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The Matrix 12 is similar to the Xpander and the lighter Matrix 6. But the Matrix 12 is much fatter and more programmable than either. Every control can have an effect on some other parameter thanks to Oberheim's flexible design. For example, there are 15 types of LFOs and VCAs per voice! And there's plenty of diagrams drawn out on the front panel of the synth to help you figure out some signal routing. This is not a synth for the beginner. It is used by The Orb, Gravity Kills, Vangelis, Technotronic, and Depeche Mode.

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42 Visitor comments
Carl Goodhines
February 15, 2010 @ 5:58 pm
I had one and loved it. Used it linked with and xpander (basically, a "Matrix-18). Should've never sold them...
PLAY one instead of watching and listening on youtube, You'll be impressed too
Reinaldo Torres
January 21, 2010 @ 8:21 pm
That keyboard is so overrated. it may be fat but that is it, I haven't heard a single sound that makes me go WOW! it can have 3000 LFO but I haven't seen the first youtube video or heard anything (including the expander) that goes beyond an sqaure wave or a regular pad. If that is the case a Virus TI Polar should cost no less than 30 times more because it had billions of better features and sounds than the Matrix 12.
November 13, 2009 @ 10:18 pm
I have to weigh in here too; I own and use a Matrix 12 as well as OB8 and OB12. I've used the Matrix 12 when playing live as well as recording and I can assure you that I get HUGE sounds out of this machine. It's fat, warm, with a silky high end and a low end that could literally shake a live venue via a decent pa. Definitely my go-to for an analog wall of sound
October 28, 2009 @ 11:48 am
I love this synt.This pad, this brass...my dream synth.Clasic Ob. sound with so distincive caracter.
The MIDIGuru
September 28, 2009 @ 12:05 am
The Oberheim 4 pole filter can be difficult to understand. If one is only familiar with common ADSR filters, the 4 pole may seem slow. To solve this "problem", zero the extra parameters. ADSR's with delay time and secondary decay would also seem slow unless zeroe'd. The first parameter is attack. The OB filters attack as hard as any.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 12 voices
  • Oscillators - 24 (2 per voice)
  • Layers - Single / split / multitimbral
  • Memory - 100 patches
  • LFO - 15 types
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (w/ velocity & aftertouch
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1985 - 1988
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