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 3, 2013 @ 12:17 pm
@mik: Are you kidding? there is no way to communicate with the VX90 via MIDI
March 14, 2012 @ 1:55 pm
I design an editor for this synth. works well. you want? how much would you pay? I complete the project?
Tony Wade
August 31, 2011 @ 2:33 am
Ah, the Akai VX-90, as used by the legendary Nigel Goodwin to create a whole universe of complex aural wonders, most noticeable on the 1994 Globalhead tour but also the rather wonderful Nine Invisibles' Pureheadspace.
Keith N
August 30, 2011 @ 5:13 pm
BETTER than a polysix??? who are you kidding! Have you ever owned/played a polysix? Polysix is probably the best sounding single VCO polysynth under $1.5k - this on the other hand is not :)
June 6, 2011 @ 9:58 pm
This is one underrated synth. I think it is because it doesn't have knobs. As for the sound, this is much better than P600 or such, and is as good as Polysix and Jupter 6. Actually, editing this synth is very easy and fun.

In my experience with this synth for 10 years, I can say this is one of the most stable / robust vintage synth.
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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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