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
October 16, 2009 @ 12:55 pm
Underestimated because of it's cosmetic likeness to the relatively weak entry level CS1x, but sonically worlds apart from it's blue little brother. It's extremely flexible in character, and with a warm analog-ish sound that really holds it's own in the crowded world of VAs. Some say it's hard to program, but I guess that would be the same people that refuses to even open the manual... Compared to a synth that is truly hard to program, like Yahama's old FM:s, it's a walk in the park. The only thing lacking programming-wise is a dedicated data knob, which even the inferior CS1x is equipped with. Each sound has 2 "scene" memories for instant knob setting recall, 8 assignable knobs, 4 track knob movement recording saved as part of the sound plus hands on manipulation via the ribbon controller. Definately one of the best sounding machines I could imagine for the money (I paid just over 200 EUR).
October 14, 2009 @ 12:14 am
Don't get me wrong they don't compare to my old roland jx-3p or jx- 8p, or my broken down polymoog but for the$$ they're not bad sounding analog modeling synths.
October 13, 2009 @ 2:24 pm
I purchased my first cs1x about 8 years ago because I thought it had decent late 70's early 80's analog brasses, strings, leads ect....for the money. 3 years later I got the cs2x for $30 and recently got the an1x because I'm familiar with programming them. I used them on my first two solo albums along with some old roland jx's and a polymoog. If anybody wants to hear them used exclusively check out www.myspace.com/erikbaumann8
Neven Dayvid
October 8, 2009 @ 8:43 pm
Owning and playing Jupiters, Junos, CS-60 etc, i have to attest this machine true class. Don´t be put off by it´s appearance. This is a B_E_A_U_T_I_F_U_L sounding analogue synth, oops what did I just say ...?
Juan Andres
October 7, 2009 @ 9:40 am
The AN1x is amazing! One of the powerful seq I have ever had, and the "morph" function between sounds scenes is a very interesting tool to create strange atmospheres. Definitively: I'm so happy to get one :)
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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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