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
May 11, 2013 @ 5:45 am
pete - that's very true. So many people like hyping synths up so they can then sell them for a higher price. I owned a AN1X and personally I didn't like it. It was great at pads I must admit, but not worth the hype. I guess this is all speculative though, but seriously look how over-inflated the synth / electronic gear market has become.
May 8, 2013 @ 12:07 am
Every time I see an ebay price listed here, I get interested and check ebay. Then I see that all current ones and ones sold over the past several months are 1.5 to 3x the price quoted here. The An1x is no exception, unfortunately. I think people like to sweeten up the deal when they tell others about it.
April 13, 2013 @ 10:30 am
I had to sell my first one due to moving around looking for an apartment but now I managed to buy another one. (approx. 300 USD in good shape) I'm shocked how well it sounds, its sonic palette is huge and very satisfying. I believe it's good that the casing is ugly and not stylish like a Clavia so we don't have to feed the sellers with hard earned money. It's an incredible synth for people on low budget; heard on YT that a person sold his Virus Ti and bought an AN1x and went for vacation for the rest of the money, so good it is! lol Yammy, we need an AN2X, please!
April 12, 2013 @ 9:56 pm
When ever I play with my Minimoog, Odyssey, JP-6 or AN1x, I'm surprised how good it sounds. I can get really close to any of them with the AN1x and go out of the studio with the AN1x only on stage. Love it. I have 2 of them and will never sell them.
You need to learn out to program the presets, just like on the mini or Ody or any other synth... twist the knobs and listen... amen.
April 9, 2013 @ 9:18 pm
the AN1X is a great synth, sysex editor templates really open it up. just make sure you don't fall for the ebay scams with shill bidders. In 2013 $300-$400 is a
realistic price.
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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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