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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56 Visitor comments
jim
July 28, 2013 @ 7:50 am
hand down to you kids!
Tim R.
July 25, 2013 @ 11:33 am
I am the first, and only so far, owner of an Akai AX60 with the S612 sampler that I bought at the same time. I have held onto them, using the original boxes for storage since then, and am considering selling both together. Is the market good right now? Or should I hold onto them, maybe even handing them down to my kids someday?
Buzwan
July 22, 2013 @ 12:15 pm
Hi guys, the arpeggiator and autotune button of my AX60 are not working, do you have some idea about what it could be wrong with it? should I replace some chip or something?. I would appreciate a lot your help.
Regards.
Andy Kirby
June 28, 2013 @ 12:44 am
I have mine on sale on eBay for a good price... its a gnar synth
polyjuno
January 17, 2013 @ 1:31 pm
The LFO can be routed to the VCO, VCF cutoff or the VCA. You must choose between one of these, they can not be affected simultaneously. The mod wheel only controls the strength of the modulation in each case. The two knobs right above the bend and mod wheels are used to control how much the bender (not the mod wheel!) should affect the VCO and VCF cutoff.
 
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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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