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Oberheim Matrix-6

Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

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Oberheim Matrix-6
Oberheim Matrix-6
950.00 street price

The successor of Matrix series, however, has a feature that strongly distinguishes Matrix-6 from its predecessors: the synthesizer's voices use digitally controlled oscillators (DCO).

To build the voices Oberhiem used a specialized chip CEM3396 which comprises:

Two DCOs that generate a meander, a saw, a triangle, and intermediate waveforms (obtained by adding the basic forms).

Voltage controlled four-stage low-pass filter (4 pole LP VCF).

Two voltage-controlled amplifiers (VCA).

Thus, in order to construct each voice it was necessary to add only a small number of external discrete elements to the factory chip.

In addition to the functional blocks in the voice chips, each Matrix-6 voice includes:

Three envelope generators with the adjustment of attack time, release, sustain, release, as well as the delay time (DADSR).

Two modulatable LFOs.

There is also a common for each voice LFO providing them with vibrato effect.

A flexible routing system allows almost any functional block to be commutated. This flexibility gives the possibility to receive complex modulated sounds and music palette.

Among the musicians who used Matrix-6, we should name Apoptygma Berzerk, Apollo 440, Future Sound of London, Astral Projection, Jane Child, Dan Donovan, Gravity Kills, Leatherstrip, Philip Glass Ensemble, Sunscream, Yamo.

Country of origin / production: USA

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Usage area
Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Archetype
Hybrid, Digital+Analog 
Polyphony
Voices6
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Oscillator Type DCO (Digitally Controlled Oscillator)
Oscillators per voice2
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Patches100
User-defined Multitimbral50
Filter
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
4-pole 
24dB 
Resonance 
Envelope Generator (EG)
Attack 
Decay 
Sustain 
Release 
Delay+ADSR 
Arpegiator/ Portamento
Portamento 
MIDI
General MIDI (GM) 
MIDI in/ out
IN 
OUT 
THRU 
Keys
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Aftertouch 
Size5
Number of Keys61
Display
Display type TFT
Color resolution Monochrome
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend Wheel 
Modulation Wheel 
Audio out
Stereo 
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)2
Power
Voltage 230V
Voltage 120V
Voltage 50-60Hz
Power Supply Built-in, internal
Weight10 kg
Case/ body
Metal&plastic 
Color
Black 
Production start1986
Production end1989
Production ended

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