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
April 4, 2010 @ 10:33 am
Good synth. Nice sound set and more patches are available on the Internet. Nice group on Yahoo for these also.

For those who are worried about the editing with just a few controls available, download the AN1x Editor and tweak away. very easy and all the controls are right there.
March 28, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
And it's used in the Nelly Furtado Loose Tour!
March 25, 2010 @ 9:07 am
I have to say this is my favorite sub $1k VA synth and has a permanent spot in my studio. I have owned or tried the MS2000B , JP-8000 , Nord Lead 2 , Waldorf Micro Q , The Alesis Ion , Micron and Fusion (still have my Fusion wont ever part with that either). The AN1x can sound like so many classic synths and at the same time have a unique sound all its own. I am always amazed and inspired every time i turn it on. Without a doubt the most analog sounding non-analog synth I have ever used. I wish Yamaha would expand on this and release a AN2x!!!!! Come on guys there is a eager market waiting!
January 20, 2010 @ 1:52 pm
Of course, aside from it having one of the most 'organic' sounds of the cheaper older VA synths, it's also a great center piece synth. I use it amongst other things to edit my true analog synths (well the ones that are DCOs with parameter access rather than nobs) also as an 'instant arpegiator' for any synth that accepts midi. Great for controlling soft synths too. All of that shouldn't undermine it's own sound though, *IF* you program it right it's a beast!
December 7, 2009 @ 4:39 am
some people have said this is hard to program??? I dont get why. 8 soft knobs, over a 7 catergory matrix, gives pretty imediate access to 90% of teh synth. the rest is in the data entry panel (clearly labelled & just static stuff like portamento type, unison, arp modes etc)

the look of teh synth has a classic 80s style "future-retro" style. most people dont like it. I kinda do.

the sound (most important thing) is awsome! I have owned this synth for a complete decade now, & know it inside out. its a beautifull synth & all maner of sounds can be coaxed. its best at WARM analogue pads & chewing interesting lead sounds that cut a mix up. bass can be good also (but you do need to play to its strengths)

would NEVER sell this. use it like & love it for life :)
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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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