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 17, 2012 @ 7:45 am
@key People are totally ignorant these days. Kids are complaing that Krome doesn't have 2.8GB piano, who would even bother looking at filter slopes? Sine, sawtooth, square, white noise, waveform harmonic properties? Not sure if people are even aware of harmonic series these days, never mind filter slopes.
September 1, 2012 @ 7:54 am
Great synth, however I can barely hear a difference between the LPF slope types, not even between 12dB and 24dB ! (while on other synths the difference is hugely noticeable)
After I noticed this myself (on the same day I bought the synth), I did some research and stumbled upon this thread: http://acapella.harmony-central.com/archive/index.php/t-1536166.html
The actual slope types seem to be 13, 15 and 19 dB. This honestly bothers me.
And no one on this website that mentions this? I mean, it's so noticeable. Are you all deaf or just ignorant ?!
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August 25, 2012 @ 4:08 pm
Le Yamaha an1x est probablement la plus belle réussite dans la modelisation analogique!
Contrairement aux autres modèles Yamaha, celui-ci sonne très chaud. Il n'y a pas de limite dans la recherche sonore. je suis fan, j'en ai un et je le garde!
August 2, 2012 @ 9:30 am
I completely disagree with that in-depth editing isn't fun. It is in fact! If you use fairly similar patches for a and b but use different filters on b it starts breathing when using the mod wheel. It's one of the best virtual analogue synths ever. Unison monophonic patches can sound extremely powerful if not brutal! Then, on the other hand, I even managed to program an authentic Hammond without any additional FX. The AN1X is capable of sound miracles.
May 2, 2012 @ 1:24 am
My 3rd favorite synthesizer of all time, but it had some major flaws. Live tweaking always felt awkward, it was too darn big for how little panel editing options it had, it was hideous looking, the filter was bland and too simple for the complexity of everything else, and it was silly that a synth of this level of deep capabilities had so little knobs. Now the plus's were, very easy to make excellent patches (PC Editor), i mimicked synth sounds i could never pull off on a virus or nord. Not great at strings, but AMAZING at just about everything else, STELLAR at monophonic basses, FM & leads.
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  • 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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