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
April 17, 2011 @ 4:45 pm
Had it for a few weeks now and I love this thing! It's sooooooooooo good for the $. Thanks Yamaha!
April 16, 2011 @ 8:45 am
Jonny, I have to agree, the AN1x is my fav VA synth ever as well! had one for a couple years and sold it a few months ago in favor of real analog gear. BUT i have to strongly disagree with your Moog Little Phatty comparison, while the AN1x excels at emulating Moog leads, it is a huge stretch to say its better. My Phatty absolutely slays the AN1x at the Moogy stuff , its not even close.
March 22, 2011 @ 10:39 pm
Favorite VA ever at this point. Nothing really tops it. I thought a virus would or a nord, but then i got one of each, still doesn't compare. The architecture is the stuff legends are made of. Why they never made another is beyond me. I have owned mine for 4 years and still find new things to do with it. And, it is even better at emulating moog leads then a little phatty is. RIDICULOUS!
March 13, 2011 @ 5:04 pm
Just picked one of these up! I can't wait until ti gets here. Got the editor and everything it seems pretty intuitive. I mostly make ebm/industrial and from what Ive heard this thing should be a good pliment to my existing gear :)
March 11, 2011 @ 11:40 am
I bought mine for 135 on ebay, which I think is great value. It's quite a fat beast really! Only strange thing I notice is that none of the factory sounds are anywhere near its real capabilities, which may have been a reason for its little impact on the market. I reckon, putting it in the ugly case of a much worse synth wasn't a great idea either. It's a delight programming it however, it simply sounds wicked after some tweaks! Trance/Techno stabs, metallic Depeche type things and even Purple Perfect Strangers sounds are quite easy to achieve with this one.
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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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