Matrix-12 (Xpander) Tutorial 1: Intro, Programmer, Primary Pages

June 10, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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This is the first tutorial in a series dedicated to editing sounds on the Oberheim Matrix-12 and Xpander synthesizers. In this video I will cover the basics of creating and saving a SINGLE-mode patch. If you already know how to get around in the programming interface you might want to skip this video. Having a basic knowledge of editing synthesizers, oscillators, filters, LFOs, and envelopes will help get the most out of programing this beast.

0:12 Introduction
0:58 The Programmer
1:47 Primary Pages
1:55 VCO1 Page
2:47 VCO2 Page
3:17 FM/LAG Page – LAG
4:06 FM/Lag Page – FM
5:30 Tracking Generator
6:27 VCF/VCA Page – Filter
7:44 VCF/VCA Page – The Amplifiers
8:21 Envelopes Page
8:39 LFO Page
8:58 RAMP Page
9:48 Name Page

Oberheim Matrix 1000 demo

May 31, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

It’s time for a second short demo from the Oberheim Matrix 1000. Maybe a good alternative for a cheap and good sounding polyphonic rack synth.
As always a multitrack recording with some FX.

The analog Matrix 1000 is essentially 1,000 Matrix 6 patches in a single-space compact rackmount MIDI module. It has the same synth architecture as the Matrix 6. Each of its 6 voices have two DCO’s (digitally controlled analog oscillator), a low pass filter, 2 VCA’s, 3 envelope gens, 2 LFO’s, and 2 ramp gens. The sounds are plentiful and good enough, however sounds can only be edited via MIDI, so you’ll need an external MIDI editor (such as MOTU’s Unisyn) or Access’ Matrix Programmer to edit parameters. You can also load sounds from the Matrix 6 via SysEx or software.

The Matrix 1000 provides an excellent source of pads, textures and ambient sounds. It has 195 “keyboard” sounds, 118 “strings”, 130 “woodwinds & perc”, 239 “synthesizer”, 119 “bass”, 74 “lead” and 125 “effects”. For the price, there is no better way to find genuine analog Oberheim Matrix sounds in a compact and very in-expensive rack module that is loaded with more sounds than you’ll ever need! The older versions of the Matrix 1000 have a black front-panel. The newer models in the ’90′s have a cream colored face-plate.

Synth demos: Oberheim Matrix12 and Arturia Wurlitzer V

May 30, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Oberheim’s Matrix 12 is a legendary analog synthesizer from the mid-eighties that is still the king of analog sounds. One of the fattest, roundest, pleasantly analog synthesizers around! It’s long been known for creating some of the thickest and best analog pads, sweeps, buzzes, basses and textures. It features Matrix Modulation for extremely wild virtual patching for almost unlimited range of sounds and modulation capabilities!

The Matrix 12 is similar to the Xpander and the lighter Matrix 6. But the Matrix 12 is much fatter and more programmable than either. Every control can have an effect on some other parameter thanks to Oberheim’s flexible design. For example, there are 15 types of LFOs and VCAs per voice! And there’s plenty of diagrams drawn out on the front panel of the synth to help you figure out some signal routing.

The Wurlitzer V is a high end software recreation of the classic Wurlitzer 200A electric piano.

Unlike sample libraries, its physical modeling engine reproduces the very acoustic properties of reeds, key action and amplification, bringing you high realism while offering maximum flexibility on sound.

As most producers know, the legendary bright and overdriven Wurlitzer sound heard on classic records also comes from the use of fine amplifiers, micing and processing. This is why the Wurlitzer V goes further by putting you in command of a studio from the 70’s, filled with vintage stompboxes and classic tube amps… everything you need to get a true classic vibe!

If you are looking for a lively electric piano combined with inspiring studio tools, the Wurlitzer V is the ultimate package.

 

Oberheim DX modified for double sounds

May 21, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This DX has a toggle switch for each voice, allowing choosing between two different samples for each. The regular 2764 EPROMs were replaced with 27128 types. Some relatively minor circuit board mods were required.

The DX was a lighter version of the classic DMX drum machine. In fact its look, features and programming method are basically the same as the DMX. The DX has individual tuning knobs for the drum tones and an external trigger input. Its sounds are sampled recordings of actual instruments. The DX only has 18 drum sounds and the DMX has 24. Both drum machines have a number of human like feel effects such as a great swing function, rolls, flams and other weird time signatures and grooves. Best of all it’s easy to operate. There are also 6 individual outputs like the DMX for easing studio use.

Xplorer – an Oberheim Matrix-12 and Xpander editor – realtime demo

May 14, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Apart from the stupid synthetic voice in the beginning of this video, the demo is pretty cool :-)

In this demo, you will see that while playing an arpeggiator in FL studio, the parameters of the Xpander can be changed on the expander itself, with the keyboard controller, or directly on the touch screen. Whatever the input mode is, everything is synchronized.
Xplorer is more that an simple editor, it can acts as a real time controller too.
Enjoy the demo !

More info, technical specification, buy link: http://xplorer-editor.com

OP-X PRO-II: Platinum Bank Demo

May 6, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://www.sonicprojects.ch/opxpro2/description.html

Demo of the new Platinum bank for the SonicProjects OP-X PRO-II virtual Oberheim VSTi synth plugin. No external effects or any other treatment are involved. All sounds are coming directly from OP-X PRO-II which was played live and recorded directly to disk.

The bank features 82 stunning patches capturing the magic and the special character of some of the most sought after early voltage controlled polyphonic analog synths including:

- Oberheim OB-X
- Oberheim OB-Xa
- Oberheim OB-8
- Oberheim Matrix-12
- Roland Jupiter-6
- Roland Jupiter-8
- Elka Synthex

If you know these synths and their special sound and character you will immedialtly recognize which sounds are dedicated to which godfathers.

The bank can be downloaded here:
http://www.sonicprojects.ch/opxpro2/userarea.html

Here’s the reference of the featured patches:

00:00 01 Clear OB Brass
00:08 02 Clear OB Brass II
00:14 03 Matrix-12 ResoPad II
00:39 79 OB-X SL Upsweep
00:58 80 OB-X Space Sweeps II
01:34 29 OB-X Fullanalog Strings
01:57 32 OB-X Slow R-Sweeps
02:11 31 OB-X PWM DS VL
02:25 30 OB-X PWM D-Sweeps
02:31 04 Matrix-12 NR Cembalo II
02:47 53 Matrix Outerspace
02:57 05 FM Midnight Bell
03:05 51 Matrix Strange Tones
03:15 14 MM DL Arpeggio
03:25 15 MM DL Arpeggio FM
03:33 16 MM DL Arpeggio FMS
03:52 55 OB-Xa Sweep Chords
03:57 56 OB-Xa Porta Chords
04:03 57 OB-Xa Slow Upsweeps
04:25 26 OB-8 Superwarm Strings
04:43 58 OB-Xa Warm Sawsolo
04:48 64 OB-Xa P-Sync Solo II
04:54 66 Prophet-5 Lead
05:01 67 Prophet-5 Sine Pad
05:10 68 Prophet-5 Full Brass
05:19 70 Prophet-5 Mod Strings
05:30 72 Prophet-5 Mod Strings L
05:48 73 Prophet-5 Sync Lead
05:55 74 Prophet-5 Wah Chords
06:06 75 Prophet-5 Reso Chords
06:17 76 Prophet-5 LFO Pad
06:31 78 Prophet-5 Upsweeps II
07:16 17 JP-8 Perc Chords
07:22 18 JP-8 Power Chords
07:25 19 JP-8 Power Chords DB
07:33 20 JP-8 Resonant Brass
07:43 21 OB-8 Slow Fullbrass
07:53 22 OB-8 Superfull Brass
08:05 25 OB-8 Warm Perc
08:14 46 Ujiie Matrix Brass
08:20 06 Jupiter-6 Octave Brass
08:28 07 Jupiter-6 HP Brass II
08:33 35 SEM Fat Bass II
08:41 09 Jupiter-6 Sinesync Bass
08:50 49 Ujiie Matrix Clav II
08:53 48 Ujiie Matrix Clav
08:57 40 Synthex Double ARP
09:03 41 Synthex Speed ARP
09:23 45 S-Pulse ARP ST PM

Note that the youtube audio compression takes away a lot of depth and smoothness and makes the sounds small. Played in real using good d/a converters is like night and day.

The download page features a better sounding high quality mp3 demo of the same. For a real reference the bank can be checked with the demo version of OP-X PRO-II:
http://www.sonicprojects.ch/opxpro2/freedemo.html

Simsynth Live | Subtractive Synthesizer

May 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

SimSynth Live captures the big multi-oscillator sound of a MiniMoog, and combines it with the warm, fat sound of Oberheim style SVF filters.

The result? Rich strings, wall to wall brass, and fat punchy basses. And we haven’t forgotten techno sounds either. SimSynth Live uses a filter technique that gives the EMPH knob a sound you can crank.

3 oscillators, each with a dual (warm) mode effectively making 6 oscillators

Ring modulator

A dual SVF filter that programs like an old Oberheim SEM, (lets you mix lowpass, bandpass, and highpass)

Two discrete envelopes and an LFO.Stereo chorus effect, (in case 6 oscillators aren’t warm enough)

Studio quality alias free rendering

FX Panel with EQ, Reverb, Phaser & Delay

FL Studio & VSTi versions included

More info here >>

OP-X PRO-II vs. Oberheim OB-X

May 2, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A very nice test of the real thing verus the digital version, and below you can read all about it:

http://www.sonicprojects.ch/opxpro2/description.html

A dry 1:1 comparison of the SonicProjects OP-X PRO-II virtual Oberheim VSTi software synth to an Oberheim OB-X Rev.2.

The lower manual in the video is an USB midi master keyboard (an Emu Xboard 61) which drives OP-X PRO-II hosted in Steinberg Cubase 5. No effects or any other treatments were involved, both OB-X and OP-X PRO-II were recorded directly to disk, OB-X over the line inputs of an RME HDSP 9632 which has very neutral sounding converters.

The exact detunings (deviating filter settings, warm up pitch drift, etc.) and the individual pan settings of the voices of OB-X have been copied in every detail before with the voice based tuning features of OP-X PRO-II for a perfect match to the real synth.

To copy the bright sound OP-X PRO-II uses the BRL (brilliant) filter setting (DMP button, second button above voice mutes) which is dedicated to copy the sound character of the early OB-X and allows the filter to open into the ultra sound area and adds some extra shine in the heights.

The used patches can be downloaded here:
http://www.sonicprojects.ch/opxpro2/userarea.html#Newest

The patches as used in the video:

00:02 Preset 04 B3 – Slow Upsweep
02:05 Preset 03 D8 – Resonance Pad
08:01 Preset 05 D2 – Sync Unison
08:26 Preset 01 D4 – Soft Brass
09:53 Preset 06 D6 – Soft Strings
10:44 Preset 02 C7 – Fullanalog Strings

The letter number combinations are the physical memory locations of the patches in the used original synth which were copied with OP-X PRO-II for the comparison.

Since all the original’s exact voice detunings have been copied in every detail too the patches sound almost 100% identical to the ones in the used device, which gives you the opportunity to have its unique characteristic sound at home too!

Some words about the OB-X:

The Oberheim OB-X was Oberheim’s first fully programmable polyphonic synth and is the direct follower to the SEM based 4/6/8-Voice models. Other than the later OB series models (OB-Xa, OB-8) the OB-X still uses the discrete wirings of the SEM for the oscillators and filters and only uses curtis chips for the envelopes.

This gives the synth a very bright and open sound, quite different from its followers OB-Xa and OB-8 which are fully curtis chip based and sound a bit darker and more behaved. The OB-X is the “enfant terrible” of the OB series.

Here’s some very useful info:
http://www.sonicstate.com/synth/oberheim_ob-x/

The featured OB-X is a six voice model (maximum was 8) and it has a lot of detunings going on because of all the wirings and dicreete voltage controlled components which gives the synth a very lively and organic sound.

The voices could be calibrated for a more “perfect” and even sound, but they were left as they are since it simply sounds more exciting like that, featuring some of the magic of the old SEM based 4/6/8-Voice where the never exactly even sounding voices (since they had to be programmed one by one manually) were part of the whole experience, and were the main inspirator for the Separate Voice Design (SVD) engine in OP-X PRO-II which allows to calibrate the voices for an individual sound too.

Oberheim OBX-a: Unison lead demo

April 30, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

OBX-a Unison lead. 8-voice Unison. WFs- VCO-1 & 2: SW.  LFO: Sine.

The OB-Xa is a massive analog synthesizer with a very familiar and classic Oberheim sound. Its sound, size and power are very similar to the Prophet 5 from Sequential. However this one has up to 8 voices which can be split, layered and stored!

The OB-Xa was available in four, six or eight voice polyphonic models. They all featured patch memories, also in varying degrees. A minimum of 32 patches were available on early models (4 banks of 8). The maximum amount of patch memory storage found on many OB-Xa’s is 120 patch memories. All models of OB-Xa, however, featured the new Curtis chips which offered great stability for an analog synth and they are attributed to its great filters and sounds.

The OB-X was very similar to the OB-Xa except that its voices could not be split or layered and, more significantly, the OB-X had a lowpass-only discrete SEM 12dB/oct state variable filter, which had a great and classic Oberheim sound. The OB-Xa changed that in an attempt to economize manufacturing and increase stability by switching to CEM3320 Curtis chips for its filters. The Xa offered two switchable filter modes: 12 dB/oct (2-pole) or 24 dB/oct (4-pole). This hardware change resulted in a more agressive sound, not quite as creamy as the OBX original, but what still became a “bread and butter” sound of the Oberheim line.

Splitting the keyboard mode separates the OB-Xa into two 4-voice synths with two available patches. The Layer mode plays the two patches simultaneously. There are also some added effect sources, perfect for any analog polysynth, including portamento, unison, sample & hold, chord memory and three LFO’s!

However none of the original OB-Xa’s have MIDI, unless otherwise having been modified. The OB-Xa is a classic and fat analog machine. It will give you thick analog pads and drones, punchy bass and cyclic analog effects.

The Anvil Machine

April 22, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background information:

Custom made Analog Synthesizer made to Paulo Beto.
Testing it with MS-20, Moog and Oberhein.

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