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
Rhys Cauzzo
December 10, 2010 @ 11:28 pm
this synth rules, as a controller as well, and the sequencer isn't half bad either.
i do think it can be a little bit tinny but the real time editing and and amazing sounds you can manipulate over time completely outweigh this.
I use this with along side a Roland D-50 and they work great as a team.
December 2, 2010 @ 11:59 am
Ha! love the last post, and i agree. Once you own one of these you start wondering why you have ever owned anything else. I also have seriously contemplated loosing all my other synths and replacing them with AN1X's. This is the best VA ever made hands down. For the simple fact that it's monophonic sounds are unmatched by anything not analog. I have been able to do things on here i couldn't do on any other instrument i owned, and i have owned a lot. Why Yamaha failed to make a follow up is beyond me!?
Billy Goat Gruff
November 13, 2010 @ 2:36 pm
This synth is complete garbage! horrible tinny sounds like a nintendo on crystal meth drowning in a bucket of water. Cheap keys! Ugly and a real embarrassment to be seen playing in public. Best used as stair tread.

Ok now before you go get mad at me im only trying to drive the price down on these so i can buy a third one cheap. I own two of these and they are by far my favorite snyth out of the 30 or so i have owned over the years. Best synth Yamaha ever made next to maybe the CS-80 and even that is debatable. Damn now i just defeated the reason for my post :(
November 4, 2010 @ 1:11 pm
That's it! You're absolutely right. That is the reason for the good sounding electronic music in the ninetees. Hope this time will come again, after they are producing some very fine instruments in the last time.

p.s. I'll try to get one also.
October 14, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
I've just acquired an immaculate example of this synth for a great price, less than what the rompler - CS2x is going for. It sounds spot on, now I know why there was so much good electronic music around the late 90's!
Really versatile and it sounds more like my analog gear than my JP8000. However I'm not an analog snob and I like digital synths and this is the best I've had so far. If you see one for a good price - buy it!
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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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