Synth Site: Akai: AX80 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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electrodave a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I love this synth mostly for its nasty BASSSSS Akai screwed up when they didnt give it an onboard chorus. because when you feed its output into one, hold on to your boots. thats all i can say. and for the last poster.... you need to replace the dead cem3372 chips. i got mine off ebay in new in box condition. it was doing exactly what you wrote. the owner never bothered to get it fixed so he just stored it away for 20+years theres a guy on ebay that sells them under the name chipforbrains hit him with an email. good luck. now back to the synth. its absolutly made for bass. thats what it does best IMHO. it should not be used for strings or "warm" type sounds. would you use a violin to try to make a snare drum sound? u get my point. i love it for the distictive bass. and the display is really cool in person!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-10-2007 at 02:50
nev a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Wanted one of these when they first came out; it's only taken me 20+ years to get one...

First off, anybody know how to fix a problem with non-sounding notes? (It's not the keyboard - this works fine when used as a master keyboard - and different keys are dead on different patches.) The end of the keypad is dead too (common fault, it seems), but I'm fixing that.

Minor quirks apart, this is a fine synth. To those who say the DCOs sound thin, I say try a little detune and modulate DCO2! Of course, some people are too lazy or unimaginative to program their own sounds, in which case they should get a shiny new Triton and sound like all the other sheep.

IMHO, the strength of this synth lies in the 3 (count 'em) LFOs, which can put some fantastic dynamics into your patches. The DCOs can be modulated separately, while the filter does its own thing - brilliant.

Speaking of the filter, that's quite pokey too. The velocity-sensitive keyboard is something you don't find on a lot of analogue synths. And of course, the thing lights up like a christmas tree, which makes up for the parameter access control system. Nice and easy to see what you're doing when you're editing.

You can keep your JP-8s and Prophet-5s - the only other analogue polysynth I'd consider would be an OB-8, and that would have cost 10-20 times as much as the AX80!

If everything worked, the AX80 would have scored a 5. Even half-dead, I'll give it 3 and a half.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-20-2007 at 16:17
CG a hobbyist user from United Kingdom writes:
Wow...Have just purchased my Ax80 for £120 and at that price it's a steal. Built like a tank and with the best user interface I have come across, it makes my prophet600 sound weedy!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-30-2006 at 03:13
droom a professional user from canada writes:
of all the synths i own and they are numerous. this one is a gem i paid 175.00 canadian for mine. nothing. so yeah it doesent make string moises like the jup. but it does some nasty ass bass sounds. it also is one of the only key boards i own that can make extremely wicked kick drum sounds. the out on mine is cleaner than my newesr synths and is easy as pie to program.

so yeah if you come across one for under 400.00 its a fine deal,and NOTHING new will even come close in that price range.

this synth may not have strings like a juno but it demolishes it in every other way

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-14-2005 at 23:16
AEP a part-time user writes:
yes, CEM ships for the filters...:-)

however, the oscillators are kept in tune with an intel chip.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-28-2005 at 13:22
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