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
February 5, 2011 @ 4:41 pm
I've got one that I want to sell. What should I put the opening bid at?
December 15, 2010 @ 5:13 am
I just got one of these and I must say it's one of the coolest synths I've ever played. Lots of attitude and very intuitive programming. Also, there seems to be a lot of myths about this synth, like that you can only use the VCA EG OR the VCF EG, which is just bulls#%&! I'm using both right now, you just switch between them. And also it's not velocity sensitive, but it does have some kind of filter accent if you hit the keys fast. And much more versatile and fatter sounding than the juno 106, you can really get a huge spectre of sounds from this.
September 2, 2010 @ 6:51 pm
Had one of these for a while, a few years ago. It wasn't bad at all. I 'upgraded' to an AX80 and even with DCOs I preferred the sound of the '80 and didn't miss the sliders etc of the '60 enough to make me want to reacquire it.

I do agree this can (like the AX80) sound 'dangerous', it takes more work to hit the sonic nail on the head on the AX synths compared to Junos but the reward is you get much more sonic variety and get out of the comfort zone of the overused and tired Juno (6/60/106) Sounds which have been done to death. Alpha Junos actually have more variety even though people assume they are the dirty secret of the Juno family.
Dr. Schluss
September 1, 2010 @ 11:55 am
Used one of these for a while. The sound on this is often gauzy and dirty, and sometimes it's hard to get a well defined tone out of this synth. The ace up its sleeve is its ability to make wild, noisy sounds and grungy analog effects. I really love its 'tubular bells from hell' sound, even though it's a bit difficult to control sometimes. No, this shouldn't be your frontline analog synth, but you may find it filling in some sonic gaps that you didn't know needed filling. Still, I'm glad to be reunited with my Juno 60 (moved back to Japan) while I've passed my Akai AX-60 on to other hands.
August 23, 2010 @ 2:46 pm
Used on both Code Industry albums Method of Assembly and Young Men Coming To Power. The AX60 was one of their favorite boards.
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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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