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
June 2, 2010 @ 6:36 pm
Just looking at the comments on here. I've used five AN1X boards, and all of them work great. One post mentions that his board's keys flake out. I've never seen this on any of the An1Xs I've used. As for the interface -- in my opinion -- it's excellent. They've elegantly compressed what would otherwise be a ton of knobs down to a group of eight. Easy to follow -- just look a the label and match up the colour.
The sound on this thing is phenomenal. I use it as on tour in place of my Jupiter 8, since it's less rare and might easier to lug around than the JP8. I've managed to get authentic Moog, Jupiter 8, DX7, and Prophet 5 sounds out of this board. If Yamaha decides to make an AN2X, the top enhancement would be to double the polyphony from 10 to 20. If they do, I'll be there in line to purchase one.
All in all, a phenomenal board. There's only one virtual analog I'd consider in its place, and that's the Access Virus. Interestingly, the AN1X and the Virus sound very similar.
May 24, 2010 @ 10:02 pm
Also used by Tim Blake (Hawkwind)
May 21, 2010 @ 11:40 pm
you know i have tried very hard to love the an1x i have owned two of them.
there is just something about the board tho i cannot dig. i think it does sound better than the nord lead without a doubt.
they go pretty cheap now but i just have never fallen in love with this board.
i think this synth is great for the kind of player that wants to download a bunch of awesome analog patches and just play.
there is something about the interface of this synth tho that almost has always left me grabbing a real analog and using that instead.
i would have liked it a lot more if the buttons on it didnt keep flaking out.
May 4, 2010 @ 2:36 pm
This is about as sick of a synth as you can get. I too have had many many synths and i can honestly say this thing stands alone. Superb at vintage synth emulation, but capable of atmospheres and textures like some of the famous transwave wave sequencing synths. Personaly I like the look of this synth as many flame it. Reminds me of a stealth fighter. I get lost for hours at a time on this thing. Some stock sounds are ok, but OMG load up MarcE's patches or make your own and you will be blown away. Nice effects processors too not surprising they are Yamaha's own. Kudos to them for adding the Aural Exciter on this unit as well. Great keyboard action , good controller synth. I second the motion for Yamaha to make a AN2x i think 13 years is enough time for you guys to get off your butts! :) Ohh yeah and if you do give it a sweet wood case!
April 20, 2010 @ 7:13 pm
Hey guys!
What would do you, if could buy for less than $ 1,000 a synthesizer that reproduces many of the most famous sounds of Yamaha CS-80.
So, hurry up to buy one of the few AN1-x that are still in the market, before the rise in price, because without doubt this is.
And how I say before, Be careful do not confuse CS1x with AN1x. They share almost the same look, but not the same soul.
I have an small collection of 13 fisic synthesizer, and more of 50 softwares, and the AN1x this is a very 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 for the ambient, soundscapes, ethereal, movies sounds & fx, electronic music in the line of Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre music.
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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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