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
January 31, 2013 @ 8:50 am
Brian is incorrect. The xpander/M-12 both have x-mod (cross-modulation of one osc by the other).
November 1, 2012 @ 11:42 am
If Matrix 12 is like 2 Expanders, why there's 15 kinds of LFO's? The correct isn't 5? Thanks...
August 19, 2012 @ 12:02 pm
I had this for over ten years, it was my main board for most of that time. I was very dissatisfied. The UI was a pain in the [beep] compared to earlier analogs, lots of great features but just didn't sound that good. And it was missing a lot of the basics that I expect for a synth at this level (ring mod, xmod). The res wasn't that great... just generally disappointing.
July 4, 2012 @ 12:22 pm
The Matrix 12 was released in 1985, not '84.
June 21, 2012 @ 7:38 pm
There is a good Editor out there for the Matrix 12 and Xpander
Check it out if you dont know it: http://xplorer.programmer.free.fr/

But its not Free. You must Spend 20$ for it.
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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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