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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Mark Spruell a hobbyist user from Detroit (it is it's own country) writes:
This is the first real analog synth I have had since the 80's, and I am very impressed. Without recovering the rest of these reviews -- it's a preset only version of the Matrix 6-6R. All editing must be done from a computer or midi controller (eg Kenton Control Freak).

The presets are awesome! Everything from ripping basses, to mellow, slow evolving pads; percussive leads, very distinctive electric pianos, and tons of sound effects that you can only get from a synth with extensive modulation routings.

The presets are also very expressive, with extensive use of aftertouch (usually controls filter cutoff), velocity and key realease. Go beyond the presets and you can get just about any sound out of this thing that it is possible to get with subtractive analog synthesis. There is just simply much more sonic pallete here than anything short of a modular. The envelopes and lfos go from veryfast to e x t r e m e l y s l o w, and the modulation sources and destinations are truly extensive.

It seems like every synth review ends up comparing synths of this era with the Juno 106, which is only valid because the 106 is so well known (and found in so many big name kit lists). While the two synths CAN cover some of the same territory, they're really more complimentary than comparable. The Matrix series are bigger and warmer sounding (twice as many oscillators), while the Rolands cut through a mix with brilliant clarity.

At the prices these go for you can't go wrong. So much sonic ability, so little $$. Try one BEFORE you buy a virtual analog!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-17-1999 at 15:21
Lars Esser a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
I am reading a lot about software editors here. For those who don´t know: There exists a Matrix 1000 (+6 and 6R) (hardware) programmer, manufactured by ACCESS MIDI TOOLS, Fulda, Germany. I bought one two years ago and it is nice screwing the knobs.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-25-1999 at 20:22
Cefshah a professional user from USA writes:
I decided to put together some songs for my recently released CD ("Mileage"), and I heard the way I used the Matrix 1000 I owned 7-8 years ago, in one of my older songs. I have been trying to duplicate that sound so many different ways, and I can't do it.

I broke down this week, and decided to buy another one (never to sell it again). It has a quality to it, that I think should satisfy most analog hungry folks out there. I would buy two, but I have a way of processing it which suits my fancy. It is great for any of your analog needs. One song on my CD called "Fresh Air Serenade", uses a very subtle whistling tone in the lead sound, generated with the Matrix-1000. I haven't owned ANYTHING since, which can modulate that kind of tone so expressively.

I can't wait to get my hands on the new Matrix 1000. If you want an idea of what I'm talking about, check out the song at: www.cefshah.com

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-31-1998 at 01:28
steven sauve a professional user from Canada writes:
just bought my second one...pan one left, the other right, set them both to any lush pad, and play...instant euphoria...no reverb required!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:03
matt a professional user from u.s.a. writes:
don't let anybody tell you that this unit isn't &quot;fat&quot; or whatever cliche' is the

buzzword of the day. i own many analog synths, most of them &quot;classics&quot;, and i can

tell you that the matrix can sound as fat or fatter than any of them if you take

the time to program it. most of the presets suck, so naturally it's easy to get a bad

bad first impression. not only that, but the voice is VERY sophisticated, very

close to the xpander voice. and the price is great. get a good software editor

and you'll be glad you bought one. stack two of them for stereo sound. they're

designed to be stacked together.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:03
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