Super 8



O is for Oberheim

Four Voice


I foolishly didn't hold on to this one for long. I can recollect why I let it slip through my sweaty little palms at the time though. It simply wiped out everything I owned in terms of sheer power. I do remember it as being quite engrossing to play, as like the PPG Waveterm's multi-samples or a Mellotron, each note in a chord or sequence can be different .As you're playing four mono's linked as a poly it's almost impossible to get the four voices exactly alike, hence you get a natural 'groove' which influences your style.

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Matrix 6

A nice sounding synth, capable of highly complex patches, but programming via the front panel is like keyhole surgery! However, in comparison to the Four Voice the Matrix 6 has nowhere near the sonic charge. With careful programming it can be impressive, but it lacks the 'analogue' vagaries that give the genuine OBIE power. The Matrix 6's limitations comes to the fore when in unison mode, as the voices are not quite detuned adequately and it tends to sound a little boxy. 
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Matrix 1000

The 1 'U' rack with balls! Almost identical to the Matrix 6, but without the split/layer capabilities. The good news is that the problem with the unison mode seems to have been alleviated, letting the richness shine through with some stunning lead sounds
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No a synth at all really, but a sample player. It does have a set of delicious SSM2045 filters but you can't program it as such from the panel. Will play back EMU EII, Emax, Akai S900 and Sequential Prophet 2000/2 samples. Sounds very good (massive) and works well on synthy pads too with it's filter envelopes and resonance.