Upgrading Matrix 1000 early board

We have recently discovered that the Japanese Matrix 1000 boards were early revision and had to be modified to be compatible with firmware 1.11 and 1.20

Most of the time they have an EPROM 1.03

If you notice that patches don’t sounds the same after an upgrade to 1.20 and a calibration, then you will have to do that modification to the board.

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More technical details are explained by Tauntek :

Early Matrix 1000 issue with any new firmware

    Someone whose M1K shipped with V1.03 firmware was having problems trying to use V1.11 or later firmware.  It turns out that the circuit was modified very slightly at some point and this change is required to run any firmware released after that.  If you look at the above-mentioned scans of the Oberheim schematics that John Leimseider provided, you can see mention of several ECOs.    The one that seems to be critical for running the newer firmware is ECO 1207, which connected the PULSE output of comparator U4 to the CTS input of 68B50 U809.  Before this ECO, pin 24 was tied to gnd, so that connection was removed.  The M1K calibration firmware was changed to read the PULSE state using the ACIA chip’s spare input, and will not run properly without this connection.  ECO1207 also connected PULSE to the MUTE signal using a 1N4148 diode.   This would tie the (open-collector) comparator output low during normal operation, since it’s only needed for calibration.  This change is not required to run the newer firmware, but is probably worth adding anyway.

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We then compared with our good old Matrix 1000 bought in France in 2009 – hence certainly issued from the french market – and guess what ? there is a wire between two chipsets as Tauntek said ! So it is time to upgrade that japanese board to the latest revision.

You will have to cut a trace and solder a wire between two pins on the bottom of the board. You could also desolder the chipset and do the same thing as on the french board but it is tricky if you don’t have a desoldering station … As we will remove the main board and the heatsink to flip the board, we will also upgrade the battery with a battery holder (CR2032).

To modify early board, cut the ground trace underneath (bottom side of PCB) that goes to U809 pin24 and solder a wire between U809 pin 24 and U808 pin14 :

Moreover there is an additional signal diode 1N4148 between a via (cathode side of the diode) and pin 7 of U4 Opamp :

Once it is done you can reseat 3 screws and test that your synth is working as expected by launching a calibration procedure (Fonction TST / 7 / enter / 0 / enter – see the user manual if necessary) and playing some notes on different patches. Notice that patches 000 to 199 are mute as you’ve removed the battery (reload your Banks via SysEx).


If it is positive, reseat all the screws and the nuts and close the rack unit to enjoy your upgraded and modified Oberheim Matrix 1000 !

 

 

 

 

 

summer 2019 is here

Dear fellows,

The summer is here and holidays too ! We have been recently developing a Roland Chorus clone based on circuits of Juno 106/60, JX3P and Boss CExx series.

Prototypes have been tested and optimized, but, before a sale we need to make some marketing and publish some data for the early customers.

The Stereo One-O-Six chorus is ready to launch as a kit : front panel, printed circuit board, aluminium enclosure and a few parts (rest of the parts can be ordered online on famous webshop of electronics). If the interest is particularly high we will propose an industrial version of the product (SMD components).

We made some videos and editing those last days, so you should expect something particularly interesting to listen and watch.

The JuCe Chorus is postponed to a later date (certainly autumn of the year) as we can’t manage very products at the same time.

Notice that the Matrix Ctrlr is available in stock, still as a kit (with optional assembly service). There are a few kits left. Don’t wait too much to order yours ! We will not restock the deluxe edition.

Julien

RESTOCKING Spring2k19

Dear Fellows,

Several peoples ask when the Matrix Ctrlr Kit will be available. Well, we pause the run on the restocking to finish the design of a prototype PCB (JuCe Chorus, based on Boss CE300 and Roland Juno) and have some free time to enjoy skiing in the Alpes, but the ‘long to get’ parts are in stock. We just need the PCB, usually delivered in one week (express), and some paint job in Savoie (FR). We will open (pre)order in April 2019.

Besides that, we will certainly sell one or two Oberheim Matrix 1000 or 6 for those interested, with a discount on a Ctrlr. Please wait a new item in the shop.

We recently bought junk synths and restored them, we will create a vintage section soon.

Keep in mind that Alpes Machines activity is besides a full time daily job and particularly time-consuming. We need to sleep too 😉

Cheers

Happy 2019 !!!

Alpes Machines wish you all the best for 2019 with lots of success and joy in the music.

 

The Matrix Ctrlr is still interesting lots of people, hence it is currently sold out. We will restock a few kits in the next weeks, don’t hesitate to contact us to reserve yours.

Besides we have started the development of a Chorus unit based on Roland Juno and Boss CE300 circuitry with additional features that should interest many peoples.

More infos should be announced on Youtube and Facebook next month.

A new shop page is also on the bench. We thank you for your kind support and confidence through the last 2 years. We love you 🙂