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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Billy Goat Gruff
December 17, 2010 @ 7:16 pm
I would recommend you download the editor if for no other reason than to load the patches made by MarcE just google MarcE An1x patches and i promise you will be happy you did , there are many other patches on the Yahoo AN1x use group in the files section as well that are worth checking out , of course rolling your own is a total blast with this unit too. And i agree a few the factory patches are cool most are so so and some are useless. Noone should ever just a true synthesizer on its factory presets , save that for the romplers. Cheers and have fun with your AN1x, ive had mine for a few years and the WOW factor still has not gone away.
December 17, 2010 @ 9:52 am
Another good thing is the PMW which sounds exceedingly realistic imho (i don't really like the sound of the sawtooth wave tho, pulse sounds much better) and it offers vast modulation possibilities for days and days of tweaking. So, if you know how to hide it's weaknesses you get a good sounding synth for the money (and not only for the money)! The only other VA i've ever owned before and therefore can compare it to was the Roland JP-8000, which is virtually pathetic compared to the AN1X.
And btw, i'm shocked people think it's difficult to programme. Once you have acquired the procedure (which only took me a few hours without reading the manual) it is pretty much hands on and i do not even feel the need to get me the editor. I could imagine tho that you're lost if you're new to synthesiters..
December 17, 2010 @ 9:52 am
Admittedly, it doesn't sound as sqelchy or creamy as a juno or a 101 but that's not an issue as it's filter is incredibly snappy and sometimes rolls like an analogue one (even with the resonance up but you have to be patient with it) and the pulse wave sounds excellent imo. Just turn the feedback up and you'll be stunned! i find the feedback function to be a crucial aspect, as it gives the rather thin oscillators a heavier, warmer and more metallic sound that is reminiscent of an analogue synth.
So all in all it is a very versatily machine...you can do almost any sound with if you're familiar with synthesis and tweak it patiently.
December 17, 2010 @ 9:51 am
You can say what you want about VA's but this actually is a good synth. Of course, it suffers from the usual stuff that most VA's have, like aliasing (especially in the higher registers) and a digital oscillator will never sound like an analogue one BUT there are still many things on the positive side. I've only had it for 3 days and the presets made me want to sell it right away, but after spending some hours with it i've actually started to like it. What struck me first was its capability of doing some MASSIVE bass sounds.
December 11, 2010 @ 1:53 pm
Billy Goat Gruff's comment is heavenly !
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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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