Matrix-12 V

Programmable analog freedom.

Matrix-12 V resurrects the first programmable analog synthesizer in software form, enhancing its revered combination of modular flexibility, analog richness, and 15-mode filter with enormous new levels of creative freedom.

Enter
the Matrix

Extreme patching met 12 dual-oscillator voices in one of the most prestigious keyboard synths of the ’80s.

With 27 modulation sources, 47 destinations, 15 filter modes, and five envelopes, it combined the flexibility of a modular synth with the polyphony and programmability demanded by artists like Toto, Vangelis, Prince, and Herbie Hancock. How do you improve upon such an instrument? Matrix-12 V balances absolute authenticity with the flexibility modern music makers need - and then some.

You Can’t Sample This

Our True Analog Emulation® technology models the behavior of every circuit and how they interact. Matrix 12-V is one of its biggest achievements yet.

Your Everything Synth

Whether you make power-pop, electronica, R&B, hip-hop, or a fusion of styles yet to have a name, Matrix-12 V delivers head-turning sounds with remarkable ease.

An Ace in Your Hand

The Matrix could sound like virtually every other analog polysynth of the ’80s — and some digital synths — but no other synth could sound like the Matrix.

Own a Legend

A working Matrix-12 fetches five figures if you can find one. Matrix-12 V offers perfect accuracy at a tiny fraction of the cost, and with modern stability.

Analog in
a digital world

With digital synths like the DX7 and affordable sample-based keyboards just over the horizon, Tom Oberheim and company set out to show the world what a no-holds-barred analog machine could really do.

Echoing Oberheim’s earlier success with the SEM, the project began with a sound expansion module. This was 1984’s Xpander, which had six voices and the same signal path as the Matrix-12, which would arrive just a year later.

MIDI created a market for modules that could augment the capabilities that synth players already owned without adding the bulk of another black-and-white keyboard to their rigs. The Xpander was designed by engineers Marcus Ryle (who would later invent the Alesis® ADAT) and Michael Doidic, and became an instant hit.

Discover the history of Matrix-12

In part this was simply because it sounded so good and had a far deeper modulation matrix than anything ever seen in a self-contained “slab” synth. But there’s also the fact that MIDI was new and the talk of the industry, and touring and session keyboardists wanted to advertise that they were now MIDI experts. Stacking an Xpander with your trendy DX-based setup was a bold way to make the statement.

This gave the Oberheim team confidence in the demand for a stand-alone, beefed-up take on the Xpander, and the Matrix-12 was born. It essentially fused two Xpanders with a velocity-sensitive keyboard that also sensed release velocity — a first at the time. It had all the analog fat for which Oberheim was famous, but could produce articulate bells, plucked sounds, wind instruments, and crystalline timbres that otherwise drew players to digital synths. It also didn’t hurt that 12 voices raised the bar from the “pro” standard of six or eight.

Its price of nearly $6,000 made it an option only for accomplished professional musicians and studio owners, but they flocked to buy it and approximately over 1000 units were sold. Many are still in use to this day and it’s rare to find an owner willing to part with theirs - that’s where Matrix-12 V comes in.

Agent
of analog

Matrix-12 V puts your hands on more of the original’s parameters at once.

It’s a playground for quick tweaks during live performance and exacting sound design in the studio.

Because it applied digital control to analog tone generation, the Matrix-12 had three displays and many pages of functions but only six knobs. We thought a sound engine this sensational deserved a lot more.

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01. Original Oscillators

We began with faithful models of the oscillators, which feature pulse, saw, and triangle waves, PWM, hard sync, FM, and noise.

02. 15 Filters in One

That’s right — multiple pass modes, multiple slopes, and even phase-shifting filters let the Matrix create tones other analog synths can’t.

03. Pushing the Envelope

Why settle for just volume and filter envelopes when you can have five assignable ones? Create sounds that evolve in interesting and unexpected ways.

04. LFO Flexibility

Explore 5 tempo-syncable LFOs ready to apply to anything - and that’s just the tip of Matrix-12 V’s modulation iceberg.

05. Modulation Central

Press any parameter’s button to see all the sources that modulate it, and work with up to six sources at once.

06. Ramp It Up

Four ramp processors are like extra one-stage envelopes you can apply to any signal.

Matrix
Reloaded

More modulation, built-in FX, and a powerful Multi mode make you the architect of amazing sounds.

We dove deep into what makes the Matrix-12 special, put every parameter of it within easy reach, and then freed its analog mind with some reality-bending upgrades.

  • Master Your Mods

    Tweak a superhero’s eye view of every modulation routing in Matrix-12 V at once. With up to 40, you’ll never run out of them.

  • Zone Out

    Splits or layers? How about six independent keyboard zones with adjustable range, MIDI channel, and voice allocation?

  • Massive Multis

    Assign Matrix-12 V’s voices to keyboard zones and transpose, detune, and pan them here. Each voice can play a different patch if you want!

  • Standalone Vibrato

    As if five LFOs weren’t enough, an independent vibrato lets you modulate its speed and amount from the mod wheel, a pedal, or aftertouch.

  • Dual FX

    Choose from studio-grade classics including phaser, flanger, chorus, analog delay, stereo ping-pong delay, and lush reverb.

  • Maximum Control

    Achieve electron microscope level control over Matrix 12-V’s behavior with the settings located on Page 2.

Hear it
in action

Journey from the neon-lit streets of the 1980s to off-planet colonies and beyond with these audio demos from our community of artists and sound designers, made exclusively using Matrix-12 V sounds.

Escapes

( Boele Gerkes)

In The Matrix

( Lyynk)

Selecting Presets

( Lyynk)

Trap

( Greg Savage)

Rifts

( Victor Morello)

A downtempo track with strong eerie feeling, taking advantage of the various filters modes, on board effects and voice parameters to fill the stereo width and audio spectrum.

Sunset

( Ambre Basuyaux-Cousin)

This minimalist demo features a light lead, the "Mountain Echo" preset, and a filter glide effect which take you to an other dimension.

Brian Molo

( Léo Battle)

Artistscorner

Included in
V collection

Legendary Keyboards Reinvented

This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

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The features
you need

  • In-App Tutorials

    Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from our sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!

  • ASC

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  • DAW ready

    Our virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.

  • Preset browser

    Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favorites to quickly recall later.

  • Resizable GUI

    Whether you want the full visual immersion of our classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.

  • Perfect integration

    Instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation.

TAE® Powered

The exclusive analog modeling technology that makes our emulations indistinguishable from the originals.

By accurately mimicking the characteristics of analog oscillators, filters, and soft clipping, we can provide astonishing component-accurate detail and authentic analog charm in equal measure.

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Main Features

Two oscillators, each offering triangle, sawtooth and variable-width pulse wave with PWM.

Oscillator 2 also functions as a white noise generator.

Oscillator 1 or the Filter can be frequency modulated.

Single filter with 15 modes: 4 Low Pass, 3 High Pass, 2 Band Pass modes, Notch and Phase Shift plus four additional "combo" filter modes.

Ultra-powerful modulation matrix with 27 sources and 47 destinations.

Sources include 5 envelopes, 5 LFOs, 4 Ramp, 3 Track generators, Velocity, Pressure, Keyboard follow, and more.

Two insert effect slots with six studio-grade effects available.

12 voices of polyphony like the original instrument

Multitimbral

Works in Standalone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX.

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Win 10+ (64bit)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • ARM processors not supported on Windows

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Apple

  • Mac OS 11+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

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