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How to test an Oberheim Matrix 1000&...

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How to test an Oberheim Matrix 1000’s voice chips I recently purchased an Oberheim Matrix 1000 analog synth in “excellent” condition from someone on Ebay who had good feedback. Upon receipt of the unit and to my dismay, the unit could play only three voices out of six. The seller denied shipping me a damaged unit, so after pouring through the manual (in PDF format) and reading a few online forum posts of people...
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Mixing, Mastering Audio and the Loud...

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Mixing, Mastering Audio and the Loudness Wars Ever since the first LPs and CDs were pressed, some record companies have been engaging is what is called the Loudness wars, where LPs and now CDs are being mastered to be louder and louder in order to get more radio airplay, to the point the ever increasing loudness has escalated to ridiculous levels, where sound quality is degraded and distorted. Case in point: The...
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Oberheim Matrix 1000 software editor...

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Oberheim Matrix 1000 software editors I just purchased a used Oberheim Matrix 1000 synth module, filled with Digitally controlled analog goodness. The Matrix 1000 is a 1U analog Synth made by analog keyboard synth maker Oberheim in the 1980s. The unit’s name comes from the fact that the synth has 1000 patches stored in 10 banks. The unit is one of the cheapest ways of getting a real analog synth without having...
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Eigenharp-alpha Controller

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Eigenharp-alpha Controller In our eternal quest to make electronic music instruments more expressive, and following in the tradition of the $230k, 40 string abomination, the “StringStation” here is the $7000 Eigenharp Alpha, a cross of what seems to be a string bass / didgeridoo and a monome. This silly looking contraption has no strings, requires a Mac to run, it has a Breath pipe, 120 keys on...
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Novation Launchpad vs. Monome

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Novation Launchpad vs. Monome Original ideas are hard, very hard to come by. The creators of the monome were onto something big when they created their groundbreaking hardware controller. Why? because another Monome 64 clone controller for Ableton has been launched, this time coming from Novation. It is called Launchpad, and it is looks even more like the monome 64 than the infamous Akai APC40. Unlike the Akai...
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