Synth Site: Akai: AX73 synth: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Robert Girardin a hobbyist user from Orange County, CA writes:
I had this synth for 6 months, but sold it for what was going to be a european vacation but ended up being used for tuition and books, sigh. I deffinatly miss it, but in the same way I kinda miss ex girl friends that I never really got along with in the first place. First, this thing is BIG. UPS wouldn't accept it when I first got it packaged, so I had to repack it, and then it got damaged en route because the mailbox etc guy couldn't put enough padding to meet UPS standards. A messy break up for sure. I think that when it comes down to it, this machine is just MADE for industrial. It's got the nastiest filter I've ever heard coupled with very raw sounding oscillators. Unfortunatly, I don't do industrial and was constantly frustrated by it's rude nature. Still though, I'd say this is excellent for alien pads (the thin kind you hear on albums like 'richard d james' not massive mix dominating ones), bass (unison mode, detuned osc, chorus, resonance all the way up, it's quite wicked), and leads (it can do a suprisingly good moog (not mini, more along the lines of the cheaper stuff) lead. Plus it's got midi, velocity, and input for the filter (via a sampler, but a solder can correct that.) If you do any sort of hard-edged music, and have the rack space, I see no reason not to pick up the vx90(it's rack brother), but this thing is so big that unless you're dying for a 73 controller (whose action I admitedly grew to like) with a VCO synth tacked on, I'd stay away from it. 4/5 cause it's so cheap, sounds good (just not right for me), and has some pretty cool feature for such an old/cheap/analog synth.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-29-2001 at 16:22
Matt a part-time user from Sydney, Australia writes:
I think the AX73 is underrated. It's a fantastic synth... fat analogue sounds, with SIX octaves of touch-sensative keys, and full MIDI in/out/through & good polyphony.

For the price, it is an AMAZING buy. IMO the only reason this synth doesn't sell for $1000 is because it looks like it's not analogue.

Great fat string sounds, nice bass (although not as good as eg an SH-101), great lead sounds.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-28-2001 at 00:15
gregory a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i think it's pretty great. i basically learned subtractive synthesis on it. the edit menu is really straightforward compared to modern synths and once i became familiar with it i was able to jump between parameters pretty efficiently. the filter sounds great, and assigning it to the pitch wheel gives you midi control over cutoff frequency.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-26-2001 at 13:45
Paul a part-time user from USA writes:
Very beefy filter on this board, although I found myself using it more as a controller than a main synth. I like the sounds but it's not the best to program because of it's small lcd, it's hard to see what parameter you are on. I never found any people out there who had a retro fit for the filter input on the back which was disapointing. A good bleep machine and 80's sounding. I like the AX-80 much better although it's sound is much lighter. the AX-73 is not good at warm strings.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-23-2001 at 13:11
it doesn't have an SSM filter, it's got the CEM 3394 chips, which are the VCO, VCF, and VCA (just add modulation). It's the same one used in the AX60 and VX90, and a bunch of old Sequential machines (Max, Multi-track, etc.)

posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 04:22
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