Erica Synths announces the Matrix Mixer
Erica Synths’ SYNTRX is an undeniably interesting instrument. But one of the most unique things about it is definitely the patch matrix. This is a digital reinvention of the pin-based patch system found on the classic EMS Synthi. People were apparently so in love with the Matrix that the company now offers it as a standalone product called the Matrix Mixer.
As you might expect, the Matrix Mixer is a mixer. It has 16 3.5mm inputs and 16 3.5mm outputs along the X and Y axes that you can use to combine audio or control voltage signals. The actual interface for combining them is the same as the SYNTRX: a 16×16 LED grid that you navigate using a pair of buttons like you would draw on an Etch A Sketch. By pressing the encoders, you activate a connection, then you can cycle through different attenuation levels, from 100 to 70, then to 30%.
This allows a bunch of different modules and synths to be connected quickly and easily without a nest of cables. You can even connect multiple sources or destinations to the same termination point without special stacking cables.
Before this desktop version of the Matrix Mixer, and even before the SYNTRX, Erica Synths created a Eurorack module called the Matrix Mixer. The basic idea was the same, but it had fewer inputs and outputs, relied on a small touchscreen for controls, and was limited to Eurorack connections. This new version easily integrates other sources like a guitar or synthesizer using the 1/4 inch inputs and outputs on the back. You can even patch a Buchla music easel using special adapter cards.
The Matrix Mixer can even store presets, allowing you to quickly recall particular patches, although you will have to manually adjust all of your plug-in parameters.
Erica Synths brought one of the best features of SYNTRX to a wider audience and flexibly expanded it. But, it is not cheap. It’s currently available for pre-order for € 490 or $ 599 and is expected to ship on July 26.