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
September 6, 2011 @ 8:04 am
I have a Virus TI, an Evolver , Mopho and Tetra. Do I really need an AN1X? Please give me some advice! Thanks!
August 28, 2011 @ 4:07 pm
I REALLY want this synth but have no room :( Is there a rack version?
July 20, 2011 @ 10:24 am
I got one because I wanted to check out the hype and I don't have tweakable synths with pots...
A surprisingly fresh synth with only a little digital plasticity in certain sounds; I started really love it. I just wish the layout would be like that of a JD800/OB 12...and I wonder how it would sound with a real analog filter; if you're on low budget and and you need a tweakable synth then buy it; it could serve as a main synth (without drums) perfect for multitracking!
June 17, 2011 @ 3:48 am
The Yamaha AN1x, AN200 and PLG150-AN Synthesizers are simply the fattest sounding VA-Synthesizers that were ever built. It is the digital recreation of the Prophet 5.
April 22, 2011 @ 12:27 am
this is a fantastic sounding synth. its got a real pain in the [beep] interface with its multi mode buttons. i never really enjoy using software to edit a synth so due to my lack of interested in that element of it i sold mine. i have to confess if the nord lead had this sound engine it would be the perfect va. its most likely the reason i no longer own the nord or the yami anymore. great boards on many levels but never gelled with them. an1x is worth what they go for now and as long as you are not super picky with the interface you will be happy. excellent sounding board.
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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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