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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123 Visitor comments
December 19, 2011 @ 1:01 pm
Few companies are trying much of anything, these days, visceralvoids. We have maybe ten synth companies and they've come out with maybe one new model each this year? What happened to the days of six or seven new models from each company? And the new ones are either mid-to-low priced everyman keyboards or astronomically priced ubermaschines. Anyone here get a Kronos or Jupiter-80 for Christmas? Not many. And the A6's are going for 3x their original price. Robbery.
August 15, 2011 @ 2:10 pm
For alot of the younger keyboard generation, this was the 1st real analog polysynth we ever had a chance to play, thanks to music store demo units. Before that you had to know someone who owned a real analog synth to play one. These were in the shops in the US on display until 2003 and really changed how people felt about Alesis. I still remember how awesome the A6 sounded to this day. Alesis pulled out all the stops when they created the Andromeda A6 and it's probably their finest hour as a synth manufacturer. Few companies will ever try this level of authenticity + sickness again.
July 19, 2011 @ 5:38 pm
This is my dream synth, had an Ion for a year and loads of gear in between but nothing has beaten it, if this is even 5% better than the Ion I will love it forever, which I'm pretty confident it is ;) Just so f-in badass in every way.
July 14, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
I have (had) a lot of analog synth but the A6 is the most powerful analog synth I have heard/owned. The power is amazing and the sounds are versatile.
You can create literally every analog possible sound.
The futuristic layout is not my cup of tea but it certainly is very intuitive.
There is no other analog synth with so many modulation possibilities too. It is just insane what you can modulate. It puts many new VA synth to shame.

My conclusion: the best analog synth ever made. Really !
July 4, 2011 @ 2:10 pm
JUNO REACTOR used the Alesis Andromeda A6 extensively on the albums 'Labyrinth' and 'Gods & Monsters'.
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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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