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
January 1, 2013 @ 8:39 am
Had one for a while but found it to much of everything! trade it for a Jupiter 8.. no regrets at all!
December 27, 2012 @ 5:10 pm
reminds me of the days in the factory checking every A6, I was QA, no fun, in the beginning it was exciting, I could play with them (hundreds) while following each step, after several days it became boring as hell.. that said, it's a great synth, just not that great for me to buy it since I got JP8. Btw, the reason Alesis dropped it eventually because the parts are getting impossible to get, before that they tried to keep it as longer as they want in the line. the last production was around end of 2008.
December 20, 2012 @ 2:00 am
Yup, it's that good. Someone said desert island synth, -thats true!
December 17, 2012 @ 7:07 am
I just bought a mind-condition used one and I'm glad I did. Don't let the name fool you, this is really a modular analog synth in one box. Very warm analog sounds and it's easy to get sounds of out. Learn the intricacies of the routing and you're into strange lands indeed. I'm never selling mine! Just wish Alesis would update the software and fix a few bugs.
November 29, 2012 @ 4:44 pm
I would not hold my breath for a re-release of the A6. Alesis used to be a visionary company ay one time. I have owned the original Quadra Synth the QS8.1 & 8.2, 3 Alesis Fusions and still use a Ra-100 amp and Monitor One speakers. When Alesis was bought out by Numark ( a garbage company) they abandoned their keyboard customers and left all A6 and Fusion onwers holding their nut sacks waiting for them to make good on a bunch of empty promices. Alesis in 2012 is a joke. Really a shame.
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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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