Modulation nostalgia

Almost all classical analog synthesizers (as well as many analog sound processing units) have been recreated in digital plugin form nowadays. However one important synth was clearly missing, but now it's here: the Oberheim Matrix 12 V! The Arturia company was well on it's way with the SEM V, but now they've done a Matrix 12 recreation. This synth has a classic VCO - VCF- VCA structure, but is famous for it's extensive modulation possibilities. This is a kind of a blending between a fixed architecture and a modular approach, enabling complex sound scaping. Besides this, I personally also liked the silky SEM filter sound as well as the really fat sound by stacking oscillators when played in unison mode.

The Matrix 12 was also one of the first synths used by Michael Brecker when playing the EWI. It can be heared on the Steps Ahead 'Magnetic' album. So obviously I had to check it out to see if the Matrix 12 V also would be able to generate these classic EWI sounds. Stay tuned for some first results!

arturai matrix 12

About me

I like music, especially making music. I listen to a lot of different stuff, but I like soul, jazz and fusion music most. I like to develop and experiment with tools to make music performance and improvisation on the spot more exciting. It is fun when unexpected musical things happen during a performance!

In recent years I developed the MIDI real-time Harmonizer, a tool for generating harmonized chords when playing a solo line. Inspired by the work of saxophonist Michael Brecker, I started to develop this tool to run on Mac and PC. Brecker played the Electronic Wind Instrument and used the Oberheim Xpander synth to generate random chords from an EWI solo line. Now you can accomplish the same thing with the MIDI real-time Harmonizer driving your own favourite (plugin) synths.

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