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 10, 2011 @ 2:23 pm
Just for balance and clarity, from Gordon Reid's review in April 2001 Sound On Sound magazine: "Huge chunks of its architecture are digital, ... the controllers in the sound-generation system — the envelopes, the LFOs, and the Sample & Hold — are all digital, as is the oscillator tuning (although not the oscillators themselves). This makes the Andromeda a hybrid analogue/digital synth, much like, for example, the Sequential Prophet T8." This isn't an extremely prettied up Moog. It's the best of the old and the new.
Nicky T
January 4, 2011 @ 2:32 am
I have owned many analogue synths over the past 10 years(minimoog d, arp odyssey, octave cat, sequential pro one, jupiter 8, mks80, prophet 5, voyager, DSI poly evolver and more). The andromeda has been the only synth I have kept hold of over this time. If you are prepared to dig into it and programme you will hit pay dirt. It can sound pretty close to many of the other synths I have owned if that's what you want; providing you programme it carefully and the modern feature set is essential for me. I have never had a problem with it despite frequent use for many years.
January 3, 2011 @ 2:09 pm
Moog is a quality product Alesis is not. Everything I ever bought from Alesis (effect units, mixers, keyboards) broke within 2-3 years of regular use. They have great ideas and design very cool products but they use parts that are junk. My Moog Voyager will last a lifetime but the A6 will not and that is something you must think about before spending $3,000.00. Also remember that you cannot get most parts for the A6 any more if something does fail. It is a shame because the A6 is a very cool synth.
December 11, 2010 @ 4:22 pm
one of the most Amazing synths ever made, analog and very fat sound, design like A martian-synth!

but the price is forbbidden, 2000-3000 EUR
Andy H
November 23, 2010 @ 3:41 pm
I bought my A6 around 4 years ago. It cost just £750 from ebay! A bargain. Generally I pay through the nose for equipment so this is by far the best deal I have ever had. :-) It sounds great. From Bass sounds to smooth strings, to crazy bleeping modular sounding wonkyness! Its great. Buy one, you wont regret it.
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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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