MATRIXSYNTH: Cheetah MS6 classic polyphonic analogue synthesizer SN 1072 A

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cheetah MS6 classic polyphonic analogue synthesizer SN 1072 A

via this auction

"Cheetah MS6 6 Voice Polyphonic analogue Rack Synth. (as used by OMD and Rick Wakeman).
Plus owners manual!

One of the warmest sounding synths out there, 2 oscillators per voice, each with their own Curtis filter + 6 note polyphony.

Battery saves presets and parameters just fine.

Good working order with a couple idiosyncrasies. and a few light scratches as you might expect from a rack of this age..

There are a couple of things I should point out:
- She's missing a button on the front in position 5. There's one on ebay now for $8.50 (search 'Cheetah - MS6 - Small Push Button'). That said, the bank changes can be controlled via midi of course which is how i worked so this did not bother me.
There's also an edoitor programme available here: that can be used to program sounds on your computer, (along with many other resources).
- I believe that originally the multitimbrality of this synth meant that you could assign a different midi channel to several voices. I don't believe this is the case here (at least i con't know how that works) and frankly I can't really imagine you wanting to. The beauty of this beast is in the layered unison of voices to create incredibly rich analogue sounds. The synth only has the one audio out so if you want to add effects in the mixer you'll only ever be able to record the one track at a time anyway (I've not met anyone that uses it otherwise). It shines best when all the polyphony is being use on the one voice (there are loads of amazing presets stored in several banks)
- Lastly the the LED display glitches a bit sometimes when the unit is plugged into the mains but is turned off. Behaves perfectly when turned on. This is harmless but I just turn it off at the plug when not using. no doubt could be fixed with a new switch."

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