Akai AX60

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The AX60 is among some of the last true analog polysynths of the mid-eighties. It was Akai's answer to the hugely successful Roland Juno series and Yamaha's new digital DX-series. The AX60 is a programmable six-voice synth with a nice LFO, lowpass (VCF) filter, envelope sections, and more. An eight-voice version, the AX80, was already available.

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Programming this synth is easy using dedicated sliders, knobs and/or buttons for its parameters. It also has a useful noise generator and some other cool functions that include auto-tuning, chorus, a multi-mode arpeggiator and a keyboard that can be split into two key-zones, making it somewhat bi-timbral. All six voices can be stacked in unison mode for a powerful and thick lead sound. Its features and sound make the AX60 a worthy alternative to Roland's Juno 106. The AX60 may have been used by Bjork.

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emptythought
February 18, 2014 @ 6:27 am
Bought this in college for cheap. The sliders are flaky, some of the buttons have to be mashed hard... but i loved it. I've played around with junos, a micromoog, various VAs... nothing can make a bassline like this with unison on. This can easily make a version of the "flashlight" style bass that could break your speakers. I actually think the strongest feature of this is unison when it's detuned. My storage room flooded and the case is all rusty and the insides are gunked :( deoxit and fingers crossed time.

As a note for anyone having autotune issues, if it wont tune a voice chip is bad.
Émile
February 13, 2014 @ 8:21 pm
Hey!
I just acquired this synth, and it is absolutely amazing!
...I also just wanted to brag about the price I paid for it.
60 canadian dollars.
It is absolutely functional, it's even in good condition I might say!
Anyone know where I could find a digital version of the manual? I'll check the previous comments to see if it has been already answered!
I'll be doing a lot of composition in the next few months!
Chris Stone
January 13, 2014 @ 9:22 am
Hi Guys, i love my AX60 too; has anyone ever backed up the presets to tape? i lost all my presets when a water line burst at my place which soaked my synth while it was plugged in! i was able to dry it off and it still works except all the RAM data got scrammbled; i heard that someone out there has a .wav file that will restore the Factory presets - i would LOVE to get a hold of that!! any help would be appreciated.

also, has anyone tried saving there patches by sampling the save output to a computer?
Gene Carl
November 9, 2013 @ 6:48 am
Just heard a great concert from Black Marble in ReWire Festival, The Hague, Holland and they used this! Sounded great!
Penny Woolf
July 28, 2013 @ 12:30 pm
I love this synth! I made some tracks using only the akai if anyone wants to check them out http://pennywoolf.bandcamp.com. lots of weird, pitchy grainy sounds.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 Voices
  • Oscillators - 6 VCOs
  • Memory - 64 Patches
  • Filter - Lowpass analog filter
  • VCA - Standard ADSR
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator
  • Control - MIDI (2 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1986

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