MATRIXSYNTH: Oxford Synthesizer Company OSCar

Friday, June 05, 2020

Oxford Synthesizer Company OSCar

via this auction

"This iconic and rarely available synth has been with the same owner and seldom used for the past 20 years. It's sound is featured on recordings from Stevie Wonder, Ultravox, Sneaker Pimps, Jean-Michel Jarre and the bass line for 'Do They Know it's Christmas'.

Driven by 2 DCOs (sawtooth, triangle, square, variable and 5 preset waveforms) this monosynth can be duophonic when using just one oscillator per voice. The additive-synthesis function give you the ability to create your on waveforms by mixing the amplitudes of the 24 harmonics using the keyboard. 24 custom waves can be stored and used with either oscilator.

The soul of the OSCar comes from the two 12dB/oct analog filters that can work in series to create 24dB/oct. Lowpass, highpass, ADSR evelope, frequency cutoff and resonance controls. Filters can be modulated by the LFO, including square, sawtooth, triangle as well as modulate the pitch, amp or pulse width.

A built-in sequencer allows users to store 24 sequences. One oscillator can drive the sequence and users can play the keyboard on top of the sequence making the OSCar duophonic.

This model include the MIDI capabilities, offering 36 programmable memory patches assignable to the keyboard keys.

The OSCar is a fun keyboard to play, especially tweaking sounds in real time with the analog filters, then saving unique tones to memory. These keyboards are extremely hard to find, this is a rare opportunity to own one that has been with the same owner for 20 years.



with Duophonic capable using the sequencer


2 DCOs with square, sawtooth, triangle, variable, modulated pulse and 5 preset digital waveforms


Two 12dB/oct analog filters that can work in series to create 24dB/oct configuration. Lowpass, highpass, bandpass modes. Dedicated ADSR envelope, Frequency cutoff and Resonance controls

LFO - 1 LFO with square, sawtooth, triangle waveforms


1 LFO with square, sawtooth and triangle waveforms

SAMPLE and HOLD function


2 ADSR Envelopes


37 Keys


IN, OUT, THRU interfaces


36 programmable patches, 24 custom waveforms, 24 sequences"

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