Oberheim Matrix-1000

Oberheim Matrix-1000

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Matrix-1000, Analog Synth Rack/Sound Module from Oberheim.

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Oberheim Matrix-1000 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Oberheim
  • Model:Matrix-1000
  • Category:Analog Synth Racks/Sound Modules
  • Added in our database on: 09/28/2004

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Oberheim Matrix-1000 user reviews

Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 7 reviews )
 5 reviews71 %
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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Oberheim Matrix-1000
You could say there is a lot missing in the matrix 1000. After all, it´s only a 1unit rack module. But then again, you only pay 250$ for a used one. So I don´t think that gives me much right to complain. But if I must, some onboard fx would´ve been great. You feel quite often the urge to tweak the sounds just a bit... And it should´ve been stereo, not mono. But you can buy a 2nd unit and hook ´em up in stereo.



Since it´s a 1 unit rack, it´s very easy to use. It´s a preset-box. You simply have to connect your keyboard and start playing the great sounds. I´ve never even opened my manual uptill now. You can edit the patches with a pc editor. Or buy the Access matrix programmer (which strangly enough gives you hands-on access to every parameter except the matrix itself) for instant tweak-pleasure. I have no experience with the pc-editor, but the access controller is just great. It even has wooden side panels and the same looks as the matrix 6, 12 and expander.

It´s said to be built like a tank, and I completely agree with that. Mine is one of the older black units, and I´ve never had any problems with it. I wouldn´t hesitate a split second to take this thing out on the road. It´s pretty heavy, but it´s very robust.


You got 1000 matrix 6 patches. It´s got excellent pads, textures and ambient sounds. It has 195 "keyboard" sounds, 118 "strings", 130 "woodwinds & perc", 239 "synthesizer", 119 "bass", 74 "lead" and 125 "effects". 200 are user patches, 800 are preset patches. But that´s the technical specs. I think this synth has some beautiful, breath-taking patches. Some of the best pads I´ve heard, and although some of its fx might sound outdated, they have such warmth in them that you can still fall in love with them instantly. Even if you´ll only use 10 out 100 patches, those 10 you picked will most certainly be some of the best analog sounds you´ve ever heard.


I love it. 1000 analogue sounds for about 250$. That´s a quarter for each patch. Hard to beat, no ? If you´re looking for an analog synth but don´t want the typical trouble you can have with most analogs (no midi, unstable tuning, overheating,...), get this unit. You won´t regret it (and if you do, contact me, ;) )

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown (January 1-, 2003)

Cedar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Oberheim Matrix-1000
Very classic, no need to highlight all the characteristics ... The only weak point (and again) might be the only mono output, aisment circumvented by adding various effects.


As bote prsets use could not be simpler, we do dfiler sounds with 2 keys, or you can type directly the issue of The pRSET desire Using the digital pav.
As synth obliged to have recourse against by the computer ... Once tlcharg soft adquat (they are several, aisment findable on the net) is the edition very simple, not more complicated than a plug but also visually ugly.


It comes intresse which we really ...

The sound is of great clarity (the hallmark of Oberheim) with beautiful mdiums well presented without aggressiveness. For COD synth is enough fat (for "fat" I mean that the lower is the mdium. It is the most comfortable in the tablecloths (the presence is remarkable, with a nice sweetness), typical brass funk in which he excels eighties (which alone would justify the purchase of the rack) and false pianos and other realistic but not so touching organ (I have a fondness for this kind of sonority - yes I know to love).

As against this is not what you might call a deep sound with good bass prsentes Moog or others. To be honest even, bass is not really his forte in the absolute. Please note I'm not saying that one can not do good bass lines with Matrix 1000, no. It is you who are making bass lines, not bcane ... but even when there is a lack sitting level. So you will have if you like the soothsayer infra go your way.
For leads, but has spent most be honest it sounds a bit thin and not very powerful. Better a good mono VCO families for a (excuse my snobitude). Furthermore the envelopes do not seem to be the thunders of war.

A final word on the really very good audio quality, with good dynamics and especially almost no breath volume background, which for analog (even COD) is not forcment acquired (- -> Juno 60).


I wanted a cheap analog synth to satisfy my needs polyphonic, mainly for my sheets and my 80's brass. This is exactly what I needed. For this type of sound there is hardly the best quality-price ratio (most of the time cheaper than a plug!).
So I would say that the Matrix 1000 belongs this family of inexpensive synths (between 150 and 350 euros), not forcment more versatile (or best known), but that sound terribly well in their respective fields, the example image of the JX series of Roland, Yamaha CS-5/10, Korg Delta, 700, Crumar Bit One, Waldorf Microwave 1, Pulse, and so on.

sonic75's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" 80 'sounds"

Oberheim Matrix-1000
Module 6 analog polyphonic voices, three MIDI jacks and one audio output (mono). 1000 sounds typical 80s, they all are!


It could not be simpler, no editing capabilities so you just select the desired patch the cursor increment / decrement or enter the number on the keypad. Manuel useless.


Analog sounds are typically those 80s! Tablecloths, lead, bass, effects, etc., everything is to get back into the "eightee". You will not find any style of piano sounds, violin, guitar or other acoustic instruments, the Matrix 1000 is not so much the better!


I like this unit because it is analog, easy to use and sounds great!

paradies's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Shared enough for now ..."

Oberheim Matrix-1000
Expander analog 6 voice polyphony dco 2 per voice.
Midi in out thru
200 pitches + 800 user sounds rom, only editable via software.
1 rack unit
Internal power supply (that's good!)
Mono (not so annoying that ...)


Configuration very simple: the number of steps on his digital wreck, and hop.
or where it gets tough is to control midi.

-I have not yet found a publisher that works on mac or pc or.
ModWheel it's always assigned to vibrato, it would arrange to be able to assign to something more useful without a publisher and without modifying every patch for it.
-Regardless of the mode selected in the set-up, the sustain pedal is not recognized.

I would say that as the box is a breeze.
but even for basic editing, it is hell.
Oberheim relied on clearly that the 800 sounds should cover all needs ... see next chapter ...


10 banks of sounds. which are the first 2 of BESR, which can theoretically accommodate other sounds, or backups of our own editions.

Bank 0: "Top 100"
Bank 1: "Volume 2" Original factory patch
Bank 2: "Synth 1"
Bank 3: "Synth 2"
Bank 4 "+ horns woodwinds"
Bank 5: "Horns + leads"
bank 6 "strings"
bank 7: "low"
bank 8 "FX & perc"
bank 9 "Keyboards"

there are very new wave analog bass, pads strings detune mals that are not ...
with a spring effect groundwater become really good (whereas with a digital reverb, it just reinforces the impression mediums j, in any case it is less)
I remind everyone that this is an analog synth sounds so realistic it's not his area too.

Do not hesitate to checker the whole range of the keyboard, playing dive, was soliciting aftertouch etc., there are no buttons, but it moves in all directions. J have had confirmation by connecting a controller oxygen above twelve o'clock.
The bank 6 or 7 to a control knob that I think the envelope for the filter, and rotating it makes things really foufou ...

Why I think this knob (which responds to CC 02 I think), is assigned to the envelope for the filter?
becaufe on some sounds, you can clearly hear the resonance be modified, but not all ... To be continued ...


I have only been a week and my first reaction was to relist presto ...

This is not a definitive opinion. Even so subjective, I'm not very attached ... very annoying some aspects can make my judgment a little unfair.

Overall, I'm still a bit unsatisfied ... it took him that I bough a spring reverb to finally hear slicks "on Oberheim." Without treatment, it sounds a little when dco 80's, we are not stuck against a juno ...

Well it is also frustrated not being able to change the cutoff frequency or resonnance, so it's a little unfair to go ...

It is still endearing, and say that it's worth it to break your head a little to make it sound, after all, it is not dear ... what do you get for that price .. .

Before acquiring j've owned a roland Jx3p, Juno 2, Nordlead, blofeld, moog lp, dave smith Mopho kb to mention that analos or claim to this heritage ... Little we had lent one to OBX few weeks, quite fascinating (at the same time four years revox was also fascinating to me)

What I like least is the implementation noon, rested few resources on the net, slow cpu which manages the afternoon.

The value for money is still not bad so far (300 to 400 euros, in addition, a jx3P or dsi tetra could be more versatile and easy to use)
For quelqun that does not sound source analog polyphonic bufget this, there will be Alpha juno, the JX8P, and it is almost everything ...
But who has not, I think that an alpha juno 1 with a controller noon will be more fulfilling, since we will then have the opportunity to tweak his juno buttons, something much more unlikely in the matrix.

So I keep some time, because it still feels contained and hidden power, and some layers are very melancholy, which is quite rare in a rack.

it remains a good expander, with limitations, faults, but a character.
This is one of the only opportunity to own Oberheim not too expensive ...

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