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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Officer Meedee
September 30, 2010 @ 5:13 am
I own a AN1x since over 10 years now but i had to stop making music yeras ago and it only gathered dust. Now i did rebuild my setup and this device surprised me once again. I had totally forgotten how nice it sounds, incredible variety. Ten years ago i dreamed of an Access Virus but nowadays i have to ask myself why not to buy another AN1x or more. Yesterday i did sit on an Acid-Track with my 303 and was looking for a sound to add on my AN1x. This ended in turning of my 303 and starting a new song based on an arpeggiator Sound (I really did hate arpeggiators). So i recommend to own this synthesizer to anyone who makes (electronic) music. Great VA-Sound, easy programming, excellent editor for free.
September 6, 2010 @ 8:43 am
I use the editor with no prob in windows 7 32 bit and previously in Vista 64 bit. I love my AN1x it is my main controller board as the action and knobs are great for controlling DCAM: Synth Squad as you are not limited to the bank of 8 knobs in the assign section, but all 8 banks of 8 for a total of 64 knobs can be assigned.!! As for the sound engine in the AN1x nothing short of amazing. Tons of patches for download (the MarcE collection is my fav) I currently have in my setup not counting several softsynths , The AN1x , a Kurzweil K2500S, Two Roland Juno 1's , A Roland JX-305, Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 , Yamaha TG-77 & TG-33 and an Alesis Fusion. While they all offer something unique and are usefull in their own ways, the AN1x gets the most use. By far the most analog sounding VA i have ever heard but beyond that it is also very unique with a sound all its own at one point i almost sold it to buy a Access Virus C another great VA in the end im glad i stuck with my AN1x.
Juan Andres
July 19, 2010 @ 2:09 pm
@Max: Like P6, I'm using the AN1x editor software on Windows 7 (x64) and have no problem at all. Cheers!
July 19, 2010 @ 6:34 am
Great synth, very nice playing surface and provides hours of entertainment. Even my kids love the AN1x! Not only that, but the Windows AN1X Editor software works flawlessly on Linux (works using wine libraries); I don't use the editor a lot, mainly for making backups. I find the user interface on board the synth is fine.
July 17, 2010 @ 9:21 pm
@Max > I'm using AN1xEdit just fine on XP *AND* windows 7 64bit. I suggest you google for your problem as it works fine.
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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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