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Saturday, October 20th, 2018 08:47 pm

Synth Glossary

Arpeggiator:
Many synths can only play one note at a time (they are monophonic). With the arpeggiator on, if more than one note is pressed at a time, the synth will alternate between the notes. They also often have a range control that allows the user to tell the ynth to play additional octaves - so if the range is set to two octaves the synth will play the keys that are held down in the octave that they are played and then in the next octave up/down....

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Matrix-6
This synthesizer was based on the popular Matrix line. The Matrix-6 is basically a stripped down Xpander with a 5-octave, 31-note (C-C) keyboard, which features on and off velocity, as well as channel aftertouch. It features 6-note polyphony and pitch and modulation levers (not wheels) to the left of the keyboard. Each voice has two DCOs (as opposed to the Xpander's VCO), a VCF, three envelope generators (5 stage: Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release), two ramp generators (simple envelopes), tracking (not just for the keyboard but for remapping any modulation source), portamento and FM controls, three LFOs, and two VCAs. Along with other "Matrix" products from Oberheim, the Matrix-6 features what Oberheim called, "Matix Modulation System", which makes for very flexible and powerful modulation programming. With this much programmability it is unfortunate that the only user interface is a single slider and a keypad.

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