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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ZipZapDip
February 24, 2012 @ 11:18 pm
There are no substitutes in life. 16 voices on one synth may not compare to the quality of only 1 voice on another. I've made bass leads on the A6 that sound damn near identical to my minimoog d. A6 is an extremely lush, complex, extravagant, challenging, frustrating, rewarding, epic, grand, supremely subtle, versatile instrument that is so perplexing and wondrous. It is definitely a dichotomous instrument, being analog & sounding so rich but with a tremendous amount of digital parameter control. Control period; ribbon controller, foot pedals, knobs, fx....its just insane. The Ultimate.
Rob
February 18, 2012 @ 9:40 am
Sounds like Leftfield's entire Leftism album used this synth. Very cool.
Sam
February 8, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
One could mention that it is also used by Jamiroquai. It's a great synth with a sympathic and warm sound and a sheer immesurable amount of possibilities for all kinds of sounds. Strong on dark sounds and on polysynth-sounds. Nicenicenice...
Son
February 7, 2012 @ 4:20 pm
This synth will be a piece of history. If you didn't ever play with this monster please don't leave your useless opinion.
The Zombie Holocaust
February 1, 2012 @ 12:29 am
2 prophet 8 racks hooked together into a midi keyboard .....are you for real?

my 4 year old Andromeda I bought for half the cost you quoted is in mint-near mint condition and sounds better than any prophet 8 I ever played

I hope you don't even buy the PE edition for your dream rig with full warranty...
 
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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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