Akai VX90

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With an identical voice structure to the AX73, the VX90 is little more than a rack-mount version. It is a MIDI equipped six-voice analog synthesizer with advanced digital controls and functions. Like the AX73 it has an auto-tune function and a really nice VCF lowpass/hipass filter and envelope section. The VX90's memory capacity holds up to 100 patches. It can be played polyphonically or in a stacked unison mode for that thick lead sound for your rave and techno anthems. A really cool feature of the VX90 is that you can plug the Akai S-612, S-900 and S-950 samplers in to it and run their samples through the VX90's analog filter and envelope sections.

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16 Visitor comments
June 6, 2011 @ 9:57 pm
hello dbm, VX80 is not better. I have both and they are just different. While AX80 tends to sound just dirty, VX90 has more sophisticated voice which I find much more useful in many contexts. I also connect S900 with VX90, which is a killer combo. With S900, I sampled many raw synth waves from plugins and Casio CZ, and I can play them with real analog filter and super fast analog envelope. VX filter is super, sounds like between SSM2040 and CEM3040. Clean and fat. Filter FM is very cool feature and it opens up a lot of sound shaping options.
May 6, 2011 @ 9:50 pm
I bought one a few months ago but MIDI stopped working. I bought AX80, and I find AX80 is better.
Remco van hoften
May 2, 2011 @ 9:10 am
jeps stephan, its a voice problem. my ax 60 had the same problem (One of the voices was completly dead) every time i pressed the tune button it would completly lock up...
February 5, 2011 @ 6:27 pm
@Stephen Baron. If you press the autotune button on the front and it locks up it may mean that one of the voices has failed or is not working properly.
Stephen Baron
January 19, 2011 @ 11:19 am
This is a great sounding synth, but has one problem, tuning. can anyone tell me how the midi tuning works. I have it linked to other vintage synth, and have tried modern ones, but every time I press the tune button it just locks up.

Can anyone help

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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 Voice
  • Oscillators - 6 VCOs (1 VCO per voice with saw, tri, pulse, saw+tri and noise)
  • LFO - Standard LFO
  • Filter - 1 24dB/oct resonant 4-pole filter with highpass
  • VCA - ADSR envelope generators
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 100 patches
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1986
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