Yamaha AN1x

Yamaha AN1x Image

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.

Check Yamaha AN1x Prices on eBay

The link above will take you to a search for this synth to see active listings with more images, specs and information. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace. Our marketplace gets thousands of visits every week so make sure to check back often if you want to buy or sell a synth.

Related forum topics


Are you looking to buy or sell a Yamaha AN1x? Post an ad in Gear For Sale or a request in Gear Wanted. For spare parts and repair services check out Gear Services & Other Goods. Our forums also has a Buyer’s Guide section where you can ask for advice on buying synthesizers.

127 Visitor comments
November 14, 2009 @ 6:13 am
Cheap look, less "user friendly" than most of the other VAs but this synth can produce some awesome sounds, and it is very versatile, from early 70's electronic music to trance and techno. Very good keyboard (for a synth or an organ, it's not an acoustic grand piano !)
The sounds are warmer than most of Yamaha's synths and digital pianos.
Very under rated instrument...
Danny, your links are broken (error 404 etc...) !
November 4, 2009 @ 11:37 am
Of all the VA synths in my studio here and out there, this is the one I always keep coming back to. Great sounds (for a virtual!), rewarding and immediate programming and a surprisingly good keyboard.

@stashy, you're in for some real fun. Patches? Start here:
www.marce-music.com/patchesMa rceAN1x.html
and you'll soon be making your own...
November 4, 2009 @ 10:07 am
Just picked one off these up used last night. Was curious if there is a website out there dedicated to info in patches, editing, basically everything an1x. Thanks.
October 29, 2009 @ 4:36 pm
Be careful not to confuse CS1x with AN1x. They share almost the same look, but not the same inside.
In my small collection of 13 synthesizer, the AN1x this is a very special and even aesthetic appearance is not too attractive, the sounds that has, and the potential to modify its, make of it one of my favorites. A fundamental piece of the electronic music in the line of Jean Michel Jarre line
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).
Post Comment!
VSE Rating


User Rating

Rated 4.49 (1895 Votes)

  • Check Prices on eBay
  • The link above will take you to a 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

Errors or Corrections? Send them here.