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Oberheim Matrix 6

PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:42 am
by DjPsychic
Hi there, first time posting here! Here's my question: would you buy an Oberheim Matrix 6 for $500 USD if you had the opportunity?

A)One key is non-functioning

B) Quote from seller: "Some voice issues once in a while but all six voices work. On two patches oscillator cuts out unless you calibrate it."

I'm pretty new to the "deep" world of synth so not sure how detrimental the "voice" issues are or how easily they can be fixed.

I'm leaning towards yes only because of the rarity. But would love to know what YOU think. THanks!

Re: Oberheim Matrix 6

PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:27 pm
by Jabberwalky
Failing voice chip. Pretty common issue with the Matrix 6. You could calibrate it for a while, but eventually it will die completely. Luckily replacements exist. $500 seems about right.

http://www.maad.net/ms6/

Re: Oberheim Matrix 6

PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:17 pm
by DjPsychic
Jabberwalky wrote:Failing voice chip. Pretty common issue with the Matrix 6. You could calibrate it for a while, but eventually it will die completely. Luckily replacements exist. $500 seems about right.

http://www.maad.net/ms6/


Thanks for your response. Good to know repairs aren't crazy serious. I guess I'm more asking if you or other synth peoples out there think this is a "don't miss" opportunity.

Re: Oberheim Matrix 6

PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:54 pm
by micahjonhughes
The price seems to be pretty average. I would say it is not a "don't miss" opportunity. If you want to spend the time fixing it and really like the synth, maybe this is the deal for you. If you are going to pay someone to fix it, plan on spending several hundred dollars more, which probably keeps it from being any kind of good deal.

The biggest factor should probably be whether or not you like the synth. I've owned one on several occasions. It's not on my list of synths I plan on ever buying again. But, it is all personal preference.

Re: Oberheim Matrix 6

PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:30 pm
by DjPsychic
micahjonhughes wrote:The price seems to be pretty average. I would say it is not a "don't miss" opportunity. If you want to spend the time fixing it and really like the synth, maybe this is the deal for you. If you are going to pay someone to fix it, plan on spending several hundred dollars more, which probably keeps it from being any kind of good deal.

The biggest factor should probably be whether or not you like the synth. I've owned one on several occasions. It's not on my list of synths I plan on ever buying again. But, it is all personal preference.



I appreciate your feedback, thanks. Kind of what I needed to hear.

Re: Oberheim Matrix 6

PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:13 pm
by clubbedtodeath
I had an Oberheim Matrix 6. It had a lovely sound to it, which a touch of reverb would really bring out, but I couldn't get over the editing -- it is very involved. I prefer having a knob for almost everything on a synth, and so that's what I bought instead.

Incidentally, I sold it to the guy who I bought it from - and who was very happy to have it back. So again, it's very much a matter of personal preference.

Re: Oberheim Matrix 6

PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:38 am
by Ashe37
and I'm wondering if i should do the ROM upgrade

Re: Oberheim Matrix 6

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:18 pm
by lunaquesa
It's my favorite synth in the world, ever since I bought my first one in '99. Despite all the headaches of the 80's microwave style editing interface & the temperamental electronics, nothing else I've ever played just gives me that feeling. It's so thick & dark, every sound wafts in like a mood. You can conjure up almost anything you can dream of, once you know what you're doing. The results are often better than you expected if you're patient. With a Stereoping controller or a VST interface like the Ctrlr panels, it's not such a slog. I would absolutely get the latest firmware in it. I think there are a lot of people out there who would give this synth another chance if they knew what modern updates have done for it.