Synth Site: Arp: AXXE Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Steve a hobbyist user from California, US writes:
I Picked up an ARP Axxe from Ebay for around $150. If you're considering one, opt for the late model (orange and black). Much better looking in my opinion. The Axxe is a really nice synth to have around, a perfect keyboard for those who like the technical aspects of a synthesizer. The Axxe is really fun to tune, maintain, and work on. Sounds very good too. You can get it to sound close to a minimoog if you set things right. A good keyboard to have around. You'll be quite surprised at the sounds you can get out of it. Sounds very good when you add effects too. Don't hesitate to pick up one if the price is right.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-06-2004 at 20:25
Daniel Jugle a professional user from USA writes:
I love this synth. But don't really listen to people with the give it props with the same old "ITS SOOOOO FAAAAAAATT" statement.

It's not really fat(I hate that term!) its more wide than it is fat, in the sense that a MC-202 is FAT like a BASS Guitar and the Axxe is WIDE like an Upright Bass.

Anywho......this is the perfect mono for anyone who wants a very moody yet kinda funky sound(think MEGAMAN). Anyone thats more of a synth-nerd that jus dicks around and isn't productive, in the longrun will probably hate it after a month(go buy a MOOG).

Where as MOOGs sound like outerspace

ARPs sound like the aliens living there

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-04-2003 at 20:29
Paul Kondig a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I bought my AXXE on Eaby 4 years ago for $250.00 not a bad deal if you ask me. I bought this synth not becsue it's practicle, but becuse it was resonably priced, and a good example of early American made synths from the 1970's. This is not a good synth to do any serious progrmming with because it uses sliders instead of knobs. Alos there are no numbers running alongside sliders, but of a downside there. Also the tend to feel rather stiff and if pushed too hard can snap off. I should know becuse mine came with two slideres that had snaped off, but the still work. Another thing espically with mine some of the keys have turned yellow from age. Apprently ARP had used som very cheap low grade plastic for the keys. I don't know about any other ARP synths that have this problem. But I do know the first ARP AXXE's do have this. I will agree that Moog synths are better built and sounding. But that ARP's tend too be overlooked. Even though people are still calmmoring to buy Odyssey's or 2600's. Considering most of ARP's synths were poorly made to begin with. Go figure? This is still a good synthesizer to play or just too have as an example of an early American made synth. If you do manage to buy one make sure to at least get set of patch sheets with patches on them not blank one mind you. The Sheets that someone else made up are a little easier to work with. I also own an OMNI as well.

I have a web site that has links too various web sites to ARP Resources. Though there are not too many links listed for ARP synths but it is a start. I would like to help in keeping ARP synths alive.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-17-2003 at 16:41
Mush a part-time user from Sweden writes:
Is it the same axxe you guys talk about as I got in my rig??? Never really liked that piece of kit, still got it gathering dust though... Can't come near my first synth (the MS10) in ways of sonic capability and creativity. Actually I get more inspired by using trash like the dx11 or the jx8p. So if it ain't that cheap, don't buy it!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-08-2003 at 16:35
Dave a part-time user from Canada writes:
Got it, used it, hated it, sold it.

I had both the ARP Axxe MkI and Micromoog and kept the Micromoog. There was no comparison. I've been using these beasts sincd I the age of 15 (Now 32) so I had lots of time with them together. I found the ARP thin and cheesy and a pain in the rear to make it sound good. The Micromoog although single osc had more depth and was more comfortable to play. The env's in the ARP were better but I hated that stupid pitch knob!!! I'm not biased either way between Moog or ARP as I own 3 Moogs and an ARP Omni however I seemed to have more creative moments with the Micro and tended to gravitate towards it when I started as a youngster.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-22-2002 at 00:15
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