Synth Site: Oberheim: Matrix 12 Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Don a professional user from America writes:
A nice old board. Yep,, slow envelopes. The A6 Andromeda blows it out of the water. Besides that its the king. Its very hard to work with. Typical Obie build quality. Crap. Cash register dislays. Not much fun. Good for synth-heads/collectors who dont play. Who just want to fool about making stupid sounds. People like me. Worth full marks. Only the Andromeda is better.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-01-2006 at 09:49
Louiz from montreal writes:
i find the M12 sweet, but a little overated.. the sound's great, but not to the point of forking over 1000$ for it.. unless youre a vintage collector.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-15-2005 at 20:49
Hollan Holmes a hobbyist user writes:
I remember the first time I played the Matrix 12. It was in '85, in a music store and I remember being blown away by three things about the Matrix 12; The look, the sounds...and, yes, the price. Five Gs is alot to pay for a synth (or anything, for that matter) when you're just a kid, but that didn't stop me from wanting one. Its 2005, twenty years later and finally I own one. I never stopped wanting this thing and, luckily, I'm not regreting my purchase, because the Matrix12 is a true beast! I've played alot of analog synthesizers over the course of the past twenty-five years and nothing I've ever played rivals the depth and capabilities of this machine. In terms of sound design, once you get your head wrapped around how everything is routed - something I'll be learning for many months to come, I'm sure - you can create the phattest, warmest, richest pads you've ever heard, as well as some really crazy, raunchy stuff. Its easily the most powerful analog synth I've ever played. Nothing by today's standards can match the editing features of this machine. That doesn't mean there aren't equally powerful sound design tools around these days (Halion, Kontact, Absynth and a few others), but they simply do not have that warm analog Oberheim sound quality. This is obviously why the Matrix 12 and the Xpander continue to demand a very respectable price on the vintage market. I'm glad I made the investment and I'll be spending the remainder of my life exploring the possibilities of this, the reigning king of the analog domain, the Matrix 12. Do whatever you have to do to get one. If you enjoy true analog synthesis, you'll not regret it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-10-2005 at 10:12
Gerhard Andreas Schreiber a part-time user from Germany writes:
I love that machine. Although I fear that it will break somedays and is never to be restored.

Look to that outfit! How can anyone think of an modern analog-synth like Andromeda if there is such a machine on the planet.

The pads are wonderful and even (for my needs) the bass-sounds are well.

If You have the chance to get a M-12, sell Your car, leave Your home and get it!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-09-2004 at 10:15
Serge a professional user from Los Angeles writes:
How can you not love this synthesizer? It's so deep and massive, and it's so easy to get lost in the sea of cool buttons, knobs, and switches. When I sit down in front of my Matrix-12 and switch it on, I am blinded by the beautiful bright green displays that light up the room a Gremlins movie.

This synth is simply beautiful to play and program. And it looks so impressive and expensive. My friends say it looks like some sort of Star Trek command post.

The sounds are excellent! It's really amazing what you can crank out of a two oscillator setup with this thing. Crazy stuff!

Hey, the Matrix is the bomb. Lush, warm, rich, dynamic, textural analog bliss...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-31-2003 at 21:12
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