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
January 20, 2012 @ 12:32 pm
mutant1 - Having been a Juno-106 fanatic for a while I decided to pick up one of these and I'm very interested in how you designed and performed these mods.. send me a pm at aesisxp [at] gmail.com if you have the time, I'm about to drill into one of these

October 26, 2011 @ 4:29 pm
thanks Mutant1...the factory patch file is here...http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/experimental_akai/.....yes some of my banks are blank are loading a different patch file from here http://homepage.mac.com/synth_seal/html/ar_ax60.html.i just thought it was possible to create a new patch on one of the blank ones but cant get any sound to appear...so i tohught youd have to initialize the path or something....nothing in the manual about it
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.
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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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