Alesis Andromeda A6

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The Andromeda A6 is a true analog synthesizer using two analog oscillators per voice, sub-oscillators, hard and soft sync and more! It features 16-voice polyphony. With the Andromeda, you'll find a huge range of tonal possibilities: searing leads, warm pads, fat bass lines, extreme sound effects and more. And of course there are plenty of knobs (72) and buttons (144), even an assignable ribbon controller for addictive hands-on real-time control! The large high-resolution LCD display is excellent and shows you actual rather than relative values of parameters. Andromeda will integrate seamlessly into any studio with its total MIDI control and sync, individual voice outputs, stereo outputs and several audio inputs.

Andromeda is completely analog - no emulation! It features two analog filters per voice that sound great! They are a multimode 2-pole and a 4-pole lowpass. External audio can be routed through these filters too (three 1/4" jacks)! As for modulation, Andromeda has three LFOs, each with six waveforms and they can be synced to MIDI clock. And there are three 7-stage envelopes with very creative and flexible functions. Also onboard is an extensive mod matrix for enormous freedom in configuring Andromeda's sounds!

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No analog synth would be complete without a set of classic effects and features. Andromeda also offers Portamento with nine slopes and legato functions. A built-in arpeggiator and analog-style sequencer are available, with MIDI sync! There are also some high quality digital effects such as reverbs, chorus, echo, distortion and more! Andromeda comes with 256 breathtaking preset patches plus 128 user. A PCMCIA-format memory card slot allows for additional programs and mixes. Andromeda is pure analog bliss, with all the features, stability and widgets of modern digital synths. It has been used by BT, Air, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, DJ Tiesto, Klaus Schulze, Yes and the Pet Shop Boys.

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ind77
May 9, 2011 @ 9:46 pm
1st thing, if u havent spent time with it, you cant say jack... 2nd, we can ALL agree that the presets are crap... 3rd, I don't judge a book by its cover, do U? 4th, if you spent any good amount of time with it you'd realize that its Very warm, and also Very cold....Its how U program it dummies... Its the Andromeda, people!! Space! Its a cold empty place, but if u know how to navigate u may find yourself a solar system with worlds worth exploring.....or if u just got it like that you can do like me & hitch a ride on a comet! Come on folks, save your money and your time.
Carl
May 2, 2011 @ 9:53 am
A Beast of a Synth if you spend the time with it, People who complain about it and have heard only the presets to make a judgement on it are just taking a stab in the dark... Top Sounding Instrument that needs time invested in it. A true chameleon of the synth world. It has plastic parts but does not sound plastic, The company that took over Alesis should be shot for stopping production.
The Zombie Holocaust
May 1, 2011 @ 5:29 pm
I don't understand how people can call this synth cold sounding.....oh yea they don't own one more than likely and are probably basing their opinion on youtube.

This thing is a killer killer machine
shipman
April 15, 2011 @ 1:03 pm
Okay the warm / cold debate. You have to appreciate that the andromeda's apearance is is the coldest colours you can get, you may already senses coldness from the appearance. I put this to a test - i got my friend to play the andy whilst i was no looking at it and guess what....it was warm as hell. Its not as organic as the older vintage synths in sound but thats only beacuse the flucations in harmonics are more pronounced. Compared to my PEK, PO8, juno 60 and voyager its literally in a another league. The best secret is turn off all effects and tuning stability! Hear the lion and angels
Benny
April 15, 2011 @ 2:53 am
"warmer" "colder", these are just words that can have different meaning to different people, but I suppose what you mean is that the Andromeda sound is steadier in tune, has a way more modern and sophisticated voice architecture, not to mention component design differs a lot today compared to back then. You also have to take into a account that no two analogues sound exactly the same either, vintage or modern, not even down to two seemingly identical models. Older analogue polys often have minor (or more severe) drifting issues or other imperfections which might be percieved by some as warmer.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 oscillators (with subs) per voice, 5 waveforms available (sine, triangle, square, up saw, down saw)
  • Filter - 32 total - 2-pole multimode resonating filter per voice, 4-pole lowpass resonating filter per voice
  • Effects - Digital reverb, chorus, echo, analog distortion, quad pitch-shifting, flange, and more
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator: Up, Down, Up/Down, Random; Sequencer: 16-step, analog style; both have MIDI sync
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (velocity and aftertouch sensitive)
  • Memory - Program Memory: 256 preset and 128 user-defined
    Mix Memory: 128 user-defined
    Memory Card Slot: PCMCIA-format
  • Control - MIDI (16-parts)
  • Date Produced - Late 2000 - 2001
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