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
February 19, 2013 @ 8:22 pm
$3000 for an A6??? No thank you. I own three of these machines and not a single one is perfect and still I would not sell my worst one for lower than $5000

$3000 is what you pay for a new Virus : /
computer in a box or analog circuits

Even tho I have 3 I'm still not even considering selling
Why should I??
Ryan Origin
February 12, 2013 @ 11:15 pm
This is the single best synth I have ever used, both sonically and control/editing-wise.

It can do things and make tones that I have never heard another synth be able to replicate.

I have hundreds of patches I have made myself, and they vary wildly in tone, character, and type.

I've got a Moog Voyager EB, and though the Moog has a bit stronger low end, the level of tweak-ability and sophistication of the Andy simply mops the floor with the Voyager.

If you can find one (I just bought one again, new-in-box, for $3000 to give you an idea) buy it.
February 11, 2013 @ 2:56 pm
I have one in mint condition (never taken out of my home studio). It is wondrous! It should not be compared to a Jupiter. If ya love the Jupe go for it. It can not touch the Andromeda for that rocking early ELP analogue vibe. It is one of a kind - like most great synths! And they all have quirks. If that scares you - stick to a piano.
January 28, 2013 @ 9:54 pm
Meh... These have no character as all. I'll keep my a Prophet 08 PE.
January 26, 2013 @ 9:27 pm
Buggy polysynth. Had one, oscillators kept getting stuck. Sent it back to Alesis, they made it worse and on top it got destroyed in transit back from them due to bad packaging. Its sound was not flat, rather with a "smile" type of eq - lots of bass, lots of highs, no mids. If it would have been made by any other respectable company it would have turned into a legend. Nowadays it is unknown how many bugged ones are out there for sale second hand. I managed to return it back for a refund, and bought a 14-bit Jupiter 8 - great choice.
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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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