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
relic
April 6, 2013 @ 9:13 pm
there is a new AN1x old stock in the box on ebay now! how rare is that! there was 22 just sold from storage! best synth ever for a VA! what a find!
nufonic
March 11, 2013 @ 6:58 am
Despite general comments regarding aesthetics, I think the overall look of this synth isn't that terrible... rather interesting. I personally like the asymmetrical edges, the color and especially the compact size. The rest of this fantastic sounding machine is well known.
Aaron
February 12, 2013 @ 11:03 pm
Yes, it's a VA. I bought it because it's a VA. Sometimes you want something that sounds 'too good' and 'too smooth' the way a VA does.

This one, is different. Yes, it can do that silky smooth VA thing... it can also do some darker, harsher, crunchy tones. I didn't expect that.
coolfudge
January 4, 2013 @ 1:44 pm
Great synth in its day. I still have a huge soft spot for it but sadly my go to synth in the studio is my Access Virus TI. Super wonderful.
Mark
December 31, 2012 @ 10:08 pm
I use this thing in every track lately. Sounds for dark electro are easy as pie. sync and fm are so useful! my favorite 90s synth for sure!
 
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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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