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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nemos
May 12, 2013 @ 6:22 am
Prophet 12 has DSP-based oscillators. DSP means Digital Signal Processor - it is NOT an analog synthesizer - the fundamental sound creation is in DIGITAL format. The rest is analog in circutry like most "common" synths thus it's basically virtual-analog. All sound creation in Andromeda is analog: from oscillators to filters to envelopes, just with digital control over the parameters. Signal is all-analog going through circutry: it's analog from start to finish. Prophet 12 starts with digital signal and ends with analog signal (thus it's another common "virtual-analog" synth). Argument closed.
Celt
May 9, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Prophet 12 not analog? Dunno what you're reading gb. Prophet 12, like the other DSI synths are analog but controlled digitally . . . Just like the A6 . . . Which will be better? Well that's like comparing a Ferrari with a Lamborghini! the A6 has more polyphony and digital effects (which I don't like as it digitises that wonderful analog sound), but the prophet will have more oscillators and even some of the VS types oscillators seen on the Evolver . . . Be nice to get a side by side comparison but tbh we can just add another future classic synth to the list, and that's a good thing!
kb
May 8, 2013 @ 9:02 pm
I agree cb DSI Prophet 12 is nothing like the A6! Cb do you own and Andy?
gb
May 3, 2013 @ 2:06 pm
the 12 won't replace the A6. totally different beast and not even analog if what I am reading is correct. I think the 12 will be stellar in its own hybrid way, but dethrowning the A6 will probably never happen (but I hope I am wrong someday!)
CB
May 3, 2013 @ 12:56 pm
The Andromeda will finally be "replaced" by the much anticipated, future classic Prophet 12. If you don't believe me, hide and watch!
 
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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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