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
August 6, 2010 @ 3:37 am
Jup 8 is really great - true. I had one and missed it. But if someone says it destroys the A6 it´s simply not true. Probably someone got his ears destroyed earlier or just want´s to grab an a6 cheap. Some might say the reverse is true also. If you think you need a Jup 8 instead of an a6 to make a world hit you better stop trying right now. You be better off selling your Jup 8 instead of your kidney and go for holiday for one year - which is as much as you pay nowadays for a Jup 8. Both destroy VA in many cases though.
June 29, 2010 @ 12:32 pm
Owned a brand new A6 briefly about 5 years ago. It was full of bugs, autotuning and portamento problems. Sent it to repair and got even more wrecked. Its sound was never clear enough (like all current analog synths - muffled like "pillows in front of the speakers"), and it had a "smile" eq curve with a lot of bass and no midranges on the overall sound. The built was plasticky and cheap. Overpriced and with all the bugs which Alesis kept hiding under the rug. Currently I own a 14-bit Jupiter 8 and it destroys any Andromeda down to the ground. Old and discrete components are the only way to go. Extremely even sound with a myriad of capabilities. Plus the JP-8 is unbelievably reliable without a single fault.
June 14, 2010 @ 5:03 pm
This is by far the best sounding synth I have ever heard. If you are serious about analog synthesis then this is the machine for you. Astounding flexibility, and modulation options coupled with a great voice architecture makes it well worth the $. Forget about all those vintage museum pieces, of all the synths I own(i have a few) this is the one that gets the most use and is featured in almost every song i make.
June 14, 2010 @ 1:57 am
Mine bought some years ago has a problem on autotune the voice number 2! But seems that is tuned ok even if the autotune fails on it....I have try to switch on and off the 2nd voice and use the 3rd voice instead and no rilevant detuning problems...
Somebody already in this trouble?

For the rest
Production isnt stoped/discontinued, will be only in few batches..(from Alesis Boss voice).
For ppl who are looking in: it sounds like bla bla bla... forget it..IT SOUNDS LIKE ANDROMEDA!
What i like on it: fx lead and strings and some basses, the fast envelopes make it also very very good on drum sounds.
June 6, 2010 @ 10:56 pm
Wonderful machine used by Juno Reactor.
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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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