Yamaha AN1x

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The AN1x is a powerful retro-analog synth with a really cool new feature that lets you record real-time editing and filtering and be able to store it as part of the sound! A major contender in the new wave of analog-digital synths using DSP modeling of analog waveforms to recreate the coveted sounds of analog synths with modern digital specifications. It offers truly traditional yet modern methods of analog synthesizing, 10 notes of polyphony, 8 knobs for tweaking, and an arpeggiator with dozens of inspiring patterns!

Although the AN1x is not a follow-up to the CS1x (which has since been followed by the CS2x and the CS6x) it has borrowed many functions and technologies from the CS1x synth. First, it's built in an almost identical case with the same layout of buttons and knobs as the CS1x. However the function of every knob and button has been greatly expanded. The AN1x also has 2 Scene memories for instant recall of any envelope and filter settings and the mod-wheel can be used to morph between the two scenes. On-board effects and a state-of-the-art arpeggiator section also are on-board for giving your sounds life and motion.

The AN1x adds a new Ribbon controller for increased real-time control. It also includes pulse width modulation, ring modulation and oscillator syncing. The AN1x may not be the next evolution of the CS1x but it is basically a more advanced synth capable of increased sound potential and quality. It has a better feeling keyboard than the CS1x as well assuming that the AN1x is for those looking for something more professional than the CS1x. The AN1x is already being used by several artists, film and TV composers world-wide, including Nitin Sawnhey, the Faint, Igor Khoroshev, Yes, Little Tragedies and Phish.

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128 Visitor comments
July 6, 2014 @ 10:25 pm
New facebook page for fans of this glorious synthesizer!! https://www.facebook.com/an1xsynthesizer
December 27, 2013 @ 6:18 am
@gerry: Yes it is.. plus arpeggiator and fx..
December 18, 2013 @ 8:02 am
1st off, the Z-1 is not a "boring" synth. (steve o). That is pure rubbish/silliness. (as is ditching an awesome & great sounding synth, because it's "ugly". (whatever that means?)
I have a Korg Z-1 & Triton w/EXB-MOSS installed. I've read that the Z-1 is basically 2, EXB-MOSS. Generally that is correct, though there are some minor differences in sound/capabilities. (IMO, EXB-MOSS sounds slightly lo-fi (but in a good way) compared to the Z-1)
I also have a Motif 6 w/PLG150-AN installed. I've read that the AN1x is basically 2, PLG150-AN. Is that a fairly accurate assessment of the AN1x?
December 17, 2013 @ 4:29 pm
This synth is hardly 'ugly' and in reality it looks better than pictures IF in good cosmetic condition. Sure it's no JD-800 or V-synth in the looks dept but it's tidy enough and a nice shape - kinda futuristic and to the point.

The sound is what's important and boy does this sound great!!! Have had so many VAs but the AN1x is the only one that remains. I love how even the basic analog emulations (PWM leads, basses etc) sound fully formed and pleasing, then it also does WILD things no other synth does (FREE EG!) - definitely 5 star synth. Hidden treasure here!
steve o
December 2, 2013 @ 9:41 pm
This is one fugly synth, but it sounds great. Sold mine, cause I didn't like the look of it, bought Korg Z1 instead. This sounded so much better, Z1 was so boring. This thing is in a league with Nord Lead, Ms2000 and Jp8000, but it is the ugliest of them all. If it wasn't so ugly, I would have kept it. Sounds were amazing, maybe I'll get one in the future and play it blind folded to get a better appreciation for it. Miss it, but not that much. 7/10
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Stock presets - first one is a Prophet 5 emulation, second one is a panning pad, third one is a flying saucer, and fourth one is a mellow pad (courtesy of OOBE Out Of Body Experience).

    Audio Clip 2 - More demo patches from the Future Music CD, issue 59.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual here.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 10 notes
  • Oscillators - 2 osc: saw, variable width pulse, FM
  • Effects - Reverb, delay, 3-band EQ, chorus, flanger, phaser, enhancer, compressor, distortion, overdrive, amp simulator.
  • Filter - Resonant 12/18/24dB/oct low/band/hi pass filter + 1 more hi pass
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeg: 1 mon/poly, up, down, up/down, random; MIDI-capable. Seq: 16 steps, 1 track
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (with velocity and aftertouch)
  • Memory - 128 patches
  • Control - MIDI (2 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1997

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