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
February 26, 2011 @ 4:17 pm
I have the an200 and one of these, and if you're thinking about getting one, but want to hear the sounds first - grab an an200 (for $150 when one slips through the cracks on the evilbay). If the sounds are your thing, sell the an200 for what you bought it for and grab the an1x.
Additionally, if the sounds are your thing, you'll never get rid of the board as it has the best (synth) action i've felt on anything other than a nord. And even the nord I played (newer one with waterfall keys) was subjective whether it was better than the an1. This board is just comfortable to play.
February 22, 2011 @ 1:56 am
Kick [beep] synth! Underrated in my opinion, as has such a great ability for dance music(hard dance heads look no further!) great for techno/trance style saws and filtered PWM bass riffs amougst many other things!tried on once and have wanted to buy one since! Awesome synth!!!! (:
February 9, 2011 @ 10:02 am
OK - this *could* just have the best bass tones in the VA world. Soundwise I'd say it's similar to the Supernova, but has a few more tricks up it's sleeve to sound more analog. Whatever you do with it though, it always has a bright and solid sound. Even without the built in EQ, you'll feel like you can grab those fat, rubbery bass sounds right out of the air.

The knobs are HORRIBLE to touch. Cheap, plastic crap. Looking for some replacements ASAP. Very ugly looking plastic synth. Highly reliable though - Yamaha stuff always was

My fav sounding VA after the Ion. :oD
February 5, 2011 @ 7:12 am
picked up a Roland JP8000 and put it next to this bad boy!....guess who won! the AN1x is in a cheaper case, less knobs but sounds much warmer and does what the JP8000 does but...better!..IMHO.
January 28, 2011 @ 9:38 am
Yea.i own one of thees,& it is a good synth for dance music,& cybergoth.I like to combine the use of various synths when creating tracks.But it all depemds on what type of music you like,& what sounds you are looking for from a synth.If it's early 70's & 60's music then it organs,& really vintage synths you sgound be going for.
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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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