Synth Site: Akai: VX-90 synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Nathan Mann a part-timer user from USA writes:
I own or have owned an AX60, VX90 and S700. The VX90 is an incredible value. The VCO/VCA/VCF sections are all controled by two envelopes in a few selectable configurations. Unlike the AX60, the VX offers velocity control and portamento. But it lacks the AX60's arpeggiator and bitimbrality. The VX has a fatter attack and a wider sonic palette, but suffers from a lot of noise and a much weaker chorus.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-04-1999 at 21:55
Goulies Wisdom a part-timer user from Australia writes:
Rather nice. Fat, thick, with good texture for slow pads - filter's cruder than the Juno 106. Tough, too: mine took a big hit on the trip from Japan, denting the chassis, but the only ensuing problem was an inability to balance on all four feet. BFD; it usually sits in the rack. I'm seriously considering getting a second one, since it only has one (mono) output.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-09-1999 at 02:08
Robert Pernett a part-timer user writes:
Want to have some fun? You can modulate the lowpass filter with the VCO...add some resonance and you get sounds that hail from the days of modular. If you have the means, this machine actually behaves very well in a world of midi. 100 patch locations (with names on the display - Rare for vintage gear).

Factory pathes are kind of interesting...pitch bends are all programmed for full octave bend...edit early, edit often!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-28-1998 at 18:25
Eric Peterson a part time user from US writes:
I picked one up about a year ago, and find it to be one of the better &quot;vintage&quot; boxes that I've stumbled across. I program the pitchbend to zero bend, but use it to control the filter cut-off point for interesting filtersweeps via MIDI. Most of the sounds I use I've built myself, but I'm wondering if anyone has any original tapes, whether it supports sys-ex dumps, etc. (I have no manual)

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:34
Clem Yonkers a professional user from USA writes:
I use the VX-90 as part of my guitar synth rig, and really dig the fat analog sounds this thing produces. One of the neat features is a 13pin DIN jack on the back that allows you to connect the VX-90 with the Akai S-700 Sampler and mix the sampled sounds with the analog waveforms and process the whole thing through the VCF, VCA, etc. The great part is that it is just a standard audio signal that is passed through the 13pin cable. The cable used to connect the s-700 and the VX-90 is Akai part #DD-X5013. They also made a cable with six 1/4&quot; inputs that allowed you to process anything through the VX-90 (Akai part #VW-X6). A cool trick I do with the VX-90 is to process my guitar sound through it. I feed the second set of stereo outputs from my guitar processor (Roland GP-16)into the VX-90 using the guitar synthesizer to control the VX-90. you can get some pretty wild sounds this way, including a great backwards guitar sound by mixing sampled and reversed guitar sounds from a sampler with the VX-90 processed real guitar with a reverse envelope. Unfortunatly I doubt that the cables are still available for this unit, at least I couldn't find them so I made my own. Anyone interested in the pinout of the 13pin DIN connector on the VX-90 can e-mail me at:

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:34
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