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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Robert Fales
November 26, 2012 @ 7:57 am
I spoke with Alesis about 2yrs ago and the engineers/techs said that they would rerelease the Andromeda A6. They did for a short while but getting analog circuitry for mas production is extremely expensive since major semiconductor companies pretty much produce all digital components now. It's a major production shift with big manufacturers to change and go back to mass producing analog chips for what might be considered a short time. Although I've seen it happen. It all comes down to supply and demand. And if the market as a whole is not feasable it doesn't come about!
pfern
November 18, 2012 @ 8:55 am
the Andromeda is the result of the work of a team of visionaries (incrediby talented and committed) which were given (almost) total control over its design specs by Alesis. Nobody knew at Alesis what they were getting into. Many claims that the Andromeda was the straw that broke Alesis back. If that's true then Alesis went out as a supernova, its remnants the A6. The simple reason why no companies ever attempted in producing an analog polysynth like it is because it would cost too much. Sure, today you could make/replicate 2001 Space Odissey in CGI but it wouldn't be Kubrick's.
nodroG
November 16, 2012 @ 7:11 am
Andromeda is a very nice sounding synth that I want to keep. i currently use it as a controller for my Xpander, I also use it to layer with said Xpander. Does it sound as analog as my Jupiter 8, well no. I prefer it to my MKS 80, then again i prefer K boards. I look forward to being bothered to learning it , so hopefully it lasts.
Picking
October 30, 2012 @ 8:54 am
One Work.
King.
Period.
TruthBeTold
October 27, 2012 @ 11:36 pm
I took a break from work just to see if the interweb felt the same way I do about this incredible machine. My personal thoughts are that this is the greatest synth produced in the last 20 years. But that's just me...
 
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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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