Synth Site: Oberheim: Matrix 6: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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marti a professional user from US writes:
I've had my Matrix 6 for probably 15 years and bought it for $325 used. I'm about to let it go for THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY I PAID FOR IT! These babies have not varied in value over the last couple of decades! It's just too heavy for me to carry around anymore, now that my life is being defined by a spinal disorder. Talk about change in a decade or so! The synth is a beautiful thing. Its sounds are fat and solid. They are as good as you're going to get before true touch sensitivity hit the market. On these older synths "touch" is a bit like playing on top of cold mashed potatoes. Not great. BUT it was pretty exciting at the time. The Matrix 6 has 99 presets that vary from cool, to mundane, to too weird to be useful. It is great to synch up with other midi driven machines for bass lines and other necessities. Lovely machine.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-24-2006 at 11:32
Karl OJ from USA writes:
Do you like to program microwaves? Programming the Matrix-6 is not too much different. The front panel consists of 23 push buttons and a volume slider. I’ve owned mine for about a year now, and have yet to be disappointed. The raw capabilities of this synth are tremendous, especially for what I paid for it, $180 on ebay! Indeed the programming would have improved ten fold, had this thing had some knobs, but this has never stopped me from writing a new patch. If I were to give up and not write anything new, I would be in synth hell (the presets are pathetic). I have squeezed some astounding effects and sounds out of the matrix-6. I have noticed that the DCO’s get slightly out of tune on initial startup, and after about 2 hrs or so, but the calibrate function tunes it to perfection. It could have used a few more Filter options as well, I believe it has a –24/db Low pass Filter. Overall, the synth is Fat, and can imitate any of the more expensive Rolands or Korgs, it can also produce noises you never even knew existed. Amazing synth!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-26-2005 at 13:20
Karl OJ from USA writes:
Do you like to program microwaves? Programming the Matrix-6 is not too much different. The front panel consists of 23 push buttons and a volume slider. I’ve owned mine for about a year now, and have yet to be disappointed. The raw capabilities of this synth are tremendous, especially for what I paid for it, $180 on ebay! Indeed the programming would have improved ten fold, had this thing had some knobs, but this has never stopped me from writing a new patch. If I were to give up and not write anything new, I would be in synth hell (the presets are pathetic). I have squeezed some astounding effects and sounds out of the matrix-6. I have noticed that the DCO’s get slightly out of tune on initial startup, and after about 2 hrs or so, but the calibrate function tunes it to perfection. It could have used a few more Filter options as well, I believe it has a –24/db Low pass Filter. Overall, the synth is Fat, and can imitate any of the more expensive Rolands or Korgs, it can also produce noises you never even knew existed. Amazing synth!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-26-2005 at 13:19
Jiggity a part-time user from USA writes:
I really like this synth- just recieved mine today. Bought it on eBay for $210... worth at least twice as much in my book (maybe more). The big drawback of course is editing, which still isn't that bad! I think that if there were just three or four assignable knobs, the Matrix-6 would command a much, much higher price. So if you can deal with slow, tedious membrane buttons, the Matrix-6 is an incredible deal. I cooked up the fattest, wildest gurgling bass in a very short period of time (it was my first original patch on this beast, too). This machine is not limited to 80s sounds- it has a lively character, and when programed right, a grumble imo that makes the mini sound pussyfooted (thanks to the obie filter, unison and pwm).

The nice price and sound far outweigh the boring editing, so I think she deserves a 5 for it. But that's not really the case- portamento and heavy vibrato were spitting out nasty noises for some reason. Same for the pitchbend lever- it's either really dirty or totally screwed. The build quality of the metal shell is excellent, but the "levers" and the keys are very cheap feeling. In fact, the last owner broke two keys using the "pressure" options.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-08-2004 at 01:37
matrix writes:
Different people look for different things in synths. For a synthesist - someone into exploring and programming synths, nothing touches the Matrix-6 at it's price range. A knob ladden Matrix-6 would be heavenly though. But yes if you are looking for a preset synth with more direct access than the Matrix-6 may not be for you. However the keyboard version does have all paramaters printed on the surface of the synth in an extremely easy to follow column format. First column for DCO1, second for DCO2, third for the Filter, and so on. Not sure what the 6R has, but editing groups are also laid out in groups of ten. So paramaters 01-10 are DCO1, 11-20 DCO2, 21-30 Filter and FM, and so on. The Matrix-6 has a tracking generator, ramps and extensive modulation routings. The name actually comes form it's matrix modulation. It's extremely powerful compared to a Juno-106. BUT, you can't get the glossy Juno sound on a Matrix-6. The Matrix is pure Oberheim fuzz. Different sounds for different needs. I give it a 5 for price to performance ratio from a synthesist point of view. Also it was my first synth. :) I learned all about synthesis on the Matrix-6. Also the source of my alias - matrix. Way before the movies...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-20-2003 at 00:41
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