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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125 Visitor comments
Hans Brinker
October 18, 2012 @ 3:34 pm
It's a real mystery how this model has not been resurrected by Alesis or anyone else. I get the lust for money but what about the love for the art?
SleepingTrance
September 2, 2012 @ 2:40 pm
This is the most incedible machine man has ever made.......
People sell these for $3000, they are FOOLS!!!! IT IS WORTH $6000 IF NOT MORE.
The people that designed the Andromeda gave it all they had.
Just look at her body,,,,ohh God,, So sexy! And her voice is to die for.
PURE GENIUS!
JF
July 23, 2012 @ 5:42 pm
I had one of these. Sounded great and was very versatile. One of the most capable synths I have ever owned. I could sit around for hours programming it. I continuously learned new things while programming it too. Very inspiring.
However, for those of you contemplating the investment, remember that the A6 is composed largely of proprietary surfacemount chips that are no longer produced or available. So, when these synths die (as modern synths seem to do more quickly than their ancestors) there will likely be no resurrecting them like you could a Minimoog or Prophet.
Justin
May 30, 2012 @ 11:11 pm
Desert island synth. Certainly one of the greatest ever made. Holds it own and may even do Moog sounds better than my Moog Voyager. So sad its been discontinued.
Analogue Crazy
April 23, 2012 @ 3:54 pm
Love the 2 sine waves available in the post filter mix. This uncommon feature comes from the CS40M / CS80, and means you can have pure low frequencies below the buzzier sounds produced in BPF and HPF filter modes. Of course you can use the two filters simultaneously, but its a nice feature for getting those CS style sounds. I used to own a CS40M, using this feature brings back fond memories!
 
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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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