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!

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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Oberheim Matrix-12 sound demo #1
Audio Clip 1 A series of samples of various patches.


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