themilford wrote:Ok, so… I had an idea for a very specific product for us Akai AX60 lovers out there…
I always felt the biggest shortcoming of this synth was the lack of a sub-oscillator or a voice "stack" mode. what if you had a simple midi-controlled oscillator that simply plugged into the 6-voice input to gain a second oscillator-per-voice? A stompbox-sized box to sit right on tip the AX that just plugged in (like the Roland programmers but way smaller) and gave you a second set of waveforms with tuning, octave… maybe a few other bells and whistles… DCOs would be super simple to do and keep the box affordable and small.
I assume the lack of a "stack" mode, you are referring to, is the stack mode present on the Six-Trak and Multi-Trak, which use the same CEM3394 chips as the AX60.
The AX60 has 6 individual voice inputs? Or is this a single input, that would add the same oscillator settings to all six voices at once. Would your "stompbox" have 6 DCOs in it? I'm not very familiar with the AX60, so I don't know how the voice input works on it. It would be interesting if this box also worked on the Multi-Trak, but it has no voice inputs, only 6 individual voice outputs. Therefore, your box probably would not work at all with it.
Looks like the AX60 has a keyboard split mode, and is therefore bi-timbral, but cannot play a different program on each voice, like the Six-Trak and Multi-Trak can. I see they both have the 6 voice unison mode, though.