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
October 25, 2011 @ 7:11 pm
Kevin, are you referring missing patches in the 8x8 bank of patches? There is a data cassette that contains the factory presets. I might still have mine.
October 24, 2011 @ 2:06 pm
how do you initialize a patch on it? some of my patches are blank and i want to create sounds for them...
October 22, 2011 @ 11:12 pm
As a mutant, I have kept mine since new back in '86. But I'm the engineering type and have totally modified it into a product that goes well beyond anything reasonable. Partial list of modifications include: direct 2 channel analog sampling inputs, external bypass with feedback taps, voice processor, analog rotary telephone system, extra gain amplifiers, secondary pitch control, FM receiver, and a Mackie VLZ4 built in mixer. It's now called "the Insanitron" because it's totally frankenstein!! But, I kept the original sound intact with a simple switch.
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!
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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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