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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Chris Faur a part-time user from Palatine, IL USA writes:
If you like analog synths and electronic sounds you have to have this synth especially for the amount they go for. I paid $175 for it and it's worth alot more. 1000 analog sounds that sound fat it's a steal. It kills software.....just add effects to it and then play and tweak (via external sysex or software programmer) and you will see how much more dynamic the sound it compared to software....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-20-2009 at 19:12
gEar HuSTleR a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Vear nice unit if you like the Oberheim sound you get 1000 of them,yes maybe you can't edit most,but the Tom Oberheim attention to sound alone makes this rack a exellent unit choice.Some of my favorite sounds come from this rack and no it's not from 1989 it's from 1987,1988 era a time when 2nd wave of digital synths came out on the market (Roland D50'S,Yamaha Dx2's with a built in hard disk drive, and a must have Korg M1)So go figure even after all that new heavy weight technology at that time the matrix 1000 came back whiter as a ghost in 1994 pretty much a year before the virtual??analog blitz started (Hmmm, Nord Nead 1)ect...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-02-2008 at 22:47
Les Lawrenson a part-time user from Poole, Dorset (UK) writes:
Hi, further to my earlier posting, I recently had a problem with my M-1000. I lost all the sounds in the ROM bank (patches 200 to 999), although the RAM patches (000 to 199) worked perfectly, so I knew that the machine was working okay, and that it had to be a problem with the ROM chip. After roaming the web for answers, a rather helpful chap from Estonia (thanks Margus!) suggested that I open the machine up, use a blade to slightly loosen the ROM chip, and then ease it back in place, being careful not to bend the pins on either side. Apparently, the connectors on the chips have a tendency to corrode slightly with age, and just need a little clearing. Anyway, I did this, and hey presto! I got my ROM sounds back! Look out for this if it happens to your machine. And if you find a "faulty" machine that has this problem, you might be able to pick up a bargain!

By the way, I still love this machine, and even though I bought an Andromeda A6 five months ago I still use this machine on almost every track. Some of the patches have envelop generators and/or LFOs routed to the mod stick or to key aftertouch. I had to adjust the aftertouch sensitivity on my master keyboard to enable me to get the right amount of control, but it was worth the experimentation. Some of the patches are awesome. Try 006 (use the mod stick to get a gorgeous filter sweep), 242 (a bass sound with a great aftertouch), 262 (a fantastic emulation of the CS-80), 323, 666 (a devilish Prophet 5 sound!), 744 (a superb deep and rumbly bass) and 816 (a great analogue chime patch).

Without doubt, this is the best set of analogue sounds for those on a budget. And even for those (like me) who can afford the more so-called up market gear, this is an indispensible synth. Yes, I still rate it 5/5.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-01-2006 at 15:00
RhythmRancher a part-time user from U.S.A. writes:
Not sure if the Matrix 1000 is any better than the Matrix6R but i really enjoy owning and using this puppy. I does really nice pads and it adds a bit of analog flavor when you need it. The Matrix 1000 is loaded with stock sounds however they are not tweekable, so you really need to hook this baby up to some quality outboard effects units. Then you wont believe what you have to work with. Oberheim is legendary sound and with the Matrix 1000 you have a very inexpensive way to own a piece of the Oberheim legacy without mortgaging your home. :-0 The Matrix 1000 shows up in almost every studio i have seen. It will hold its value, so you can try one for a while and pretty much know that you can always get your investment back. They range from about $175-$300 depending on condition. Some of these have received some heavy use and are pretty beat, so look for one in mint shape as always. ~

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-19-2006 at 12:12
Glen Stegner a professional user from USA writes:
Sorry, it was probably me that helped spread that myth in a reply I made on HC or VSE forums. The truth is that **both** Matrix synths use six CEM3396 'Synth on a Chip', the difference being that M6 has wide body version (600mils), M1000 the small (300mils) one. It was previously thought that the M6/M6R had separate CEMs for osc, filt, amp. I don't know if the wide body / small body versions make a difference in sound.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-16-2006 at 10:37
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