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
August 17, 2011 @ 6:21 pm
I am very interested in a fully working condition AX-60. Contact me at pablojaekwon1985@hotmail.com
August 2, 2011 @ 10:12 pm
I gotta be honest, My AX-60 lasted all of two weeks on my rack before I sold it recently for $375.
Just a little too weak for my taste and reminded me of a sort of poormans Jupiter 6 although not quite as clean sounding. Yeah, easy to create interesting patchs and a nice Arpeggiator + split / layer which was really cool. Keybed and sliders were uncommonly cheaply made however. Kawai SX-210, 240, K3, Juno 1, 2, 60, 106, DW-8000, Prophet 600, JX-3p, JX-8p , ESQ-1 etc would easily rate above this one.
Never tried it with the sampler though, that sounds pretty fun!
Rob Ocelot
June 16, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

I believe the S900 and S950 can also be used as a second oscillator like the S612. Cool stuff.

It's funny that the current incarnation of Akai (aka Numark/Alesis) seems to think that Akai never made synths before the MiniAK. :-)
May 18, 2011 @ 11:17 pm
It's just perfect for when you need to drag your recording through the mud. Sounds too clean? Just push up that "VCF VCO mod" slider, and fasten your seatbelt! I have no idea why the review above doesn't mention it, it's a unique feature that makes for absolutely filthy sounds.
March 10, 2011 @ 9:18 am
Interestingly no mention of the synths ability to use the Akai S612 as a second OSC is made here. its a very important feature putting this beast in a league of its own. I currently have this setup, awesome combo! sample a note with the touch of one button that automatically loops it as well. then detune slightly. makes for some huge unique sounds. This is not a one trick pony but a sonic power house.
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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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