Akai AX60

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The AX60 is among some of the last true analog polysynths of the mid-eighties. It was Akai's answer to the hugely successful Roland Juno series and Yamaha's new digital DX-series. The AX60 is a programmable six-voice synth with a nice LFO, lowpass (VCF) filter, envelope sections, and more. An eight-voice version, the AX80, was already available.

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Programming this synth is easy using dedicated sliders, knobs and/or buttons for its parameters. It also has a useful noise generator and some other cool functions that include auto-tuning, chorus, a multi-mode arpeggiator and a keyboard that can be split into two key-zones, making it somewhat bi-timbral. All six voices can be stacked in unison mode for a powerful and thick lead sound. Its features and sound make the AX60 a worthy alternative to Roland's Juno 106. The AX60 may have been used by Bjork.

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Audio Clip 1 Hear some sounds by Garren Morse.


Polyphony - 6 Voices
Oscillators - 6 VCOs
Memory - 64 Patches
Filter - Lowpass analog filter
VCA - Standard ADSR
Keyboard - 61 keys
Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator
Control - MIDI (2 parts)
Date Produced - 1986