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 OBERHEIM Matrix 6 Analog Synthesizer

Oberheim Matrix 6 synthesizer
matrix 6 pic thx to joerg. (link)
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Built 1986
Type: analog
Hybrid: no
6 Voice / Stimmen
2x Multitimbral
standard Memory / Speicher
Value / Wert in 2017 ca. 300 (-)
Synthesis: subtractive

OSC Features pwm soft + hard sync fm
Wave Shapes pulse triangle-saw noise
2 OSCs
1 Filter lpf self reso 4 Pole
3 LFOs saw triangle square random s+h src
5 Envelope Generators 3x ADSR 2xD

MIDI SYSEX Control / Triggering
61 Keys with velocity aftertouch

Arpeggiator no
Sequencer no
(ID 177)
  deutsch - german
ABOUT nice slimmed down version of the Matrix 12/Xpander
ABOUT eine abgespeckte Variante des Matrix 12/Xpander, fast in allen Belangen "halbiert".. dennoch immernoch guter Klang.
DETAILS filter resonance does not thin out the sound at all. there are at least 3 LFOs (one is for vibrato / multisounds). 3 ENVs, not that fast but .additional to that it has 2 simple ramps (simple Decay-envs),. all envs and LFOs are software by Marcus Ryle. has Release Velocity. nice multi-point tracking generator. Triangle to saw "morph" - HARDWARE INFO: Both Matrix use six CEM3396 'Synth on a Chip', M6 has wide body version (600mils), M1000 the small (300mils) one. Both Matrix synths have DCOs. Master clock is derived from a quartz on the Matrix 1000 and from three free running, software calibrated (voltage controlled) oscillators on the Matrix 6. M6 has a 4 to 2 split mode, the M1000 lacks this hardware, otherwise the voices are (nearly) the same. 6 CEM3396 Dual Wave Processor (Wide body?) old definitiion: Matrix 6 and Matrix 1000 differed in the way that the M6 had a couple of Curtis chips to generate a voice while the M1000 used a "synth-in-a-box" chip from Curtis that had the whole voice in one IC. Even the "Wave" selection feature was packed in there. I only don't know if Curtis developed this chip because Oberheim wanted them to do so. So, if someone wants to build his own analog synth, he might start with that chip. It's not the best sounding chip but very easy to build control circuitries around it. On the web, you might find interesting information about SSM and CEM chips.
DETAILS 'Für die damalige Zeit ein Modulationsmonster, dessen LFOs und ENVs durch Marcus Ryles Programmierkunst Hat Release Velocity. es gibt noch einen gemeinsamen Vibrato LFO. Resonanz dünnt nicht den klang aus bei hohen Werten! komplexer Tracking-Generator. Triangle to saw "morph", HARDWARE: (D) Beide Matrix verwenden sechs CEM3396 'Synth on a Chip', der Matrix 6 im breiten, der Matrix 1000 im schmalen Gehäuse. Beide Matrixe haben DCOs. Der 'Masterclock' beim Matrix 1000 kommt aus einem Quarz, beim Matrix 6 werden drei softwareabgleichbare (spannungsgesteuerte) freilaufende Masteroszilatoren verwendet. Der Matrix 6 kennt einen 4 zu 2 Split-Mode, dem 1000er fehlt die Hardware dafür, ansonsten sind die Stimmschaltungen (fast) gleich. 6 CEM3396 Dual Wave Processor
SOUND very flexible Synth with one of the best and wide / fat sounds ever heard, only one thing: it''s not made for very fast percussive sounds
SOUND Der perfekteste Breitwandklang, den man haben kann. Nicht Ideal für Superperkussives, aber sonst extrem flexibel und wirklich guter Klang.
VERSION rack: Matrix 6R, alternatively: Marion Prosynth or MSR2, small - alternative: Matrix 1000 (computer needed for edits)
VERSION gabs es auch als Rack 3HE Matrix 6R, alternativ: Marion Prosynth oder MSR2, kleine Alternative: Matrix 1000: nur via Computer editierbar

OBERHEIM or Gibson, Oberheim-Viscount Joint Venture, Viscount

today owned by Gibson and lendet to Viscount. Tom Oberheim started it (of course he left when Gibson took over). He built Synth Modules (SEM) to be played via other synthesizers and ppl wanted him to built synths: he did. he took SEMs and made polyphonic synths out of them. the latest synth was the Xpander and Matrix12, the OB-Mx wasn't a real Tom Oberheim anymore, so they got Don Buchla finishing it (it did not sell well), so the OB12 as only the name in common with the founder. Mr Oberheim tried again under the Marion System name.

The "real" Tom Oberheim is now producing under his full name guess his site -

Offizielle Site (D)


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