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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58 Visitor comments
joe b
July 11, 2014 @ 11:35 am
Had one of these in the 80s and sold it. Been listening to some old "ideas" files that I did with this thing, and wish I still had it. Big, awesome sounding synth, fun and easy to program, loved having the split keyboard and arpeggiator features. Now have a Juno106, Dx7 and Novation MiniNova. Love them all, but would love to get my hands on another one of these if cash and space allowed. Underrated synth for sure.
Tim Zzero
April 23, 2014 @ 11:26 am
AX60 owners manual link: http://manuals.fdiskc.com/tree/Akai/Akai%20AX60%20Owners%20Manual.pdf
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.
February 13, 2014 @ 8:21 pm
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?
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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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