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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Louis B
May 24, 2013 @ 9:31 am
I have just purchased one of these "brand-new old stock" and still sealed in it's box, from a synth dealer in Seoul, South Korea. Admittedly it cost a few bob for delivery to the U.K. but the expense and wait was worth it. All I had to do was insert the provided CR2032 battery into it's motherboard and the beast was awoken after 16 years of cardboard incarceration.

It holds it's own against my Synthex and OB8-P2. It has taken a few days of delving into it's deeper recesses to get to the real fun, aided by a select handful of very good presets downloaded from other AN1X users. Sounds huge!
claudio
May 19, 2013 @ 2:38 pm
@JerseDrummerBoi
Open the synthesizer, detach the circuit board from its plastic mounting by unscrewing it to gain access to the keyboard's inner side. Detach the white rubber strip found directly beneath the keyboard's keys and clean the dust away. Then clean all contacts with isopropyl alchol and cotton swabs. Reassemble your AN1x.
@JerseDrummerBoi
May 19, 2013 @ 9:59 am
Does ne one know where or how I can fix the dead keys on My Yamaha an1x?
gerry
May 19, 2013 @ 4:02 am
I think the money (definitely under 300 €) you pay for this "old gear" is absolutely justified if you consider what you can do with it. Besides, even the build quality is better than most of present low priced synthesizers... if this is an over-inflation, I am very happy with it ;)
john
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.
 
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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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