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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Markus a professional user from Germany writes:
Maybe I am wrong to give a comment on this synth only owning it for a few days, but anyway this is what I think about it: there is no doubt that the Oberheim Matrix 6R is a good sounding analogue synth ... there is also little doubt that software synths and VAs nowadays are coming very close to the old analogue sound while lacking the special character and ease of use of some analogue synths. Well, this synth is also lacking this certain ease of use and its sound-character is not quite up to date, I think. I own a Juno 106 and must say that despite its limited capabilities the Juno sounds much better compared to the Matrix 6R, at least in my opinion ... the presets of the Oberheim are a pleasure to listen to if you like to remember "the old days" ... those days when people tried to imitate a bass guitar or brass or strings with analogue synthesizers instead of creating new sounds (I remember John Cage complaining about these people´s lack of imagination in an essay written in the 1950s). And though I am sure that you are able to progam really good, new sounds using the Oberheim Matrix 6R, why should you spend so much time if you can easily do it with other equipment, which is not really expensive, too, but offers additional capabilities the Oberheim Matrix 6R doesn´t offer - like the big variety of sounds of some software-synths or the ease of use of a Roland Juno?

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-19-2003 at 19:19
Dean T. Davis a professional user from U.S.A.. writes:
Despite what some of you kids are saying I think the Matrix 6 is a very cool synth. It's a pain in the ass to program but we are synthesist get over it.Try programming a DX-7 and then I'll listen to you cry. I bought mine for 175.00, I did it EEEEE EEEEEbay. But seriously I would have paid more. Ok I'm lying but it is cool, the strings are warm,the brass is okay, but I think it's strength lies in it's semi modular capabilities. But you know what the real cool thing about it is? When I play a gig I can take it and my Matrix-1000 and leave my OB-8 at home Ahhhhhh aint it cool?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-27-2003 at 01:56
Jack from UK writes:
Such warmth in this Killer machine, and so underrated. I will NEVER sell this synth. Great for bass (303 style easy) and 80's patches GET 1 NOW

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-19-2003 at 04:37
Robert A from Holland writes:
Very impressive synth! Although i had them all, the flexibility of this synth is stunning. For editing i suggest Sounddiver, the GUI is the one and only downside.. But the sound! the sound fixes everything. Especially when you get down and start to program your own. It does Juno, Jupiter, Prophet and even Moog imitation, and much better than those virtual analogs synthi's. The sound is alive!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-19-2003 at 04:35
Olle Johansson a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I've owned this keyboard for two days but as i'm pretty used to programming i've already discovered a lot of it. I would be more happy if i'd payed less for it. About 400$ is a little too much I think. Sure, there are BIG soundshaping possibilities but the sound is not that fat that I'd like it to be. I little silent somehow. But I've discovered it has a unison/mono mode which can be used to create very powerful monoleads. What about twelve voices in unison!! Just modulate the DCO's slightly by an LFO and set the LFO triggermode to "free" so that the voices aren't played exactly in tune and o'boy, that IS fat! But i'll come to my point here; There are many software synthesizers today which sound much better than this oldie. I don't care about they're digital, just listen and compare and don't THINK about if the source is digital or analog. I have just discovered NI Reaktor which is one of the fattest, most flexible synths I've EVER tried!! And when you compare prices you'll maybe understand my disappointment. This is NOT a bad synthesizer, not at all! But you get fatter sound much cheaper than this! Don't listen to the analog-loving nerds! I think software will take over in the music-production industry! Sad but true!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-11-2002 at 17:50
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