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
November 3, 2013 @ 2:54 am
Didn't know this had 16 slot matrix like Waldorf. Bang for buck champion I suppose.
September 15, 2013 @ 3:23 pm
I have one but it was resting, lol. Now I tested some sound banks from the web and it blew out my brain. I just can't believe how versatile it is using only the usual wave forms, it's just crazy. It's much more flexible than a Juno 106 for example...or a NordLead. The choirs are ethereal, great sweeps, bass, synth horns etc. It's like having 2-4 different synths in one, it may even beat the Kronos VA synths, they sound very digital. I start to believe that it's one of the best synth ever made for that price, luck that the casing [beep] s so the price stays low. Pity that the display dims now.
September 5, 2013 @ 10:41 am
Anyone know where i can get the arpeggiator midi files or patches for this?
louis b
August 12, 2013 @ 5:02 pm
As an update to my May 24th entry, I have just established that the aftertouch is not working. If I play the AN1X from my Kurzweil, the aftertouch filter envelope sweep is there. I can only presume that 16 years of being boxed has led to oxidization on the aftertouch strip. I guess it's screwdriver and contact cleaner time......
August 10, 2013 @ 11:21 pm
Despite being only 10 voices, this is quite a warm sounding VA synth, with a great FX unit... I'm quite surprised at the sound capabilities of the AN1x compared to newer synthesizers, even. The interface can take some time to figure out, and while this may be a hindrance to some people, once you get the hang of it it's not too difficult to create new sounds quickly.

Thus far the AN1x has been great for ambient pads and soundscapes -- here are some demos I made:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz eKkKRLGVU
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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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