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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Aaron from Seattle writes:
On the subject of AN1x Knobs:

Deopfer has a new midi controller box with 64 assignable midi knobs. Hook this up to an AN1x, with its ability to have everything controlled by MIDI CC's, and you have a synth with more physical knobs than any of the competition. Also, the AN1x, unlike other VA synths around, is complex enough to make use of each of these 64 knobs. The box costs around $500, but it can do sysex and CC's. I'll get one eventually - after they complete the English version of the manual.

I've been using the AN1x for about 2 years now, and I still find completely new sounds on it every day. It will take a really impressive VA machine to even spark my interest now that I know what this one can do. Maybe I'll get a second one someday...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-23-1999 at 18:24
HolShot a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I would like to add that though there are "only" eight knobs on the board, they expand out to something like 64 knobs as you select between different modes. I would say that if the number of knobs on a given board is the criteria by which a board is rated, then this board should be rated high by that alone. However, it's the sound that is of utmost importance, and based on that, this board's a no-brainer. I'd take it every time.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-23-1999 at 12:52
jeroen Arends a part-time user from Rotterdam The Netherlands writes:
Bought it with large discount (50% of the price). Simply couldn't let go this offer. It was with the last supplies in the Netherlands and it came from Germany.

Anyway I am extremly pleased with this synth. There are so many sonic building blocks. Many filters (6 types), many lfo's The result is a FAT sounding machine which gives you an enourmus sonic pallets. I use it with my CS1x and it is a perfect companion of my blue machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-18-1999 at 12:06
YooDoo the VooDoo a professional user from USA writes:
(Best Austin Powers voice...) Yeah, baby!

I just got probably the last available new unit on the planet. It was a floor model and I got an amazing deal. (Even better than the Sam Ash blowout.)

Yamaha's marketing of this dealy-o will always be a mystery to me. Did they have it way overpriced? Overestimate the market for VA synths? Don't know. But it sure did add some muscle to my rig. Crushing basses, luscious pads, cool arpeggiators--just keep cranking them knobs and more neat stuff pours out. It instantly became indispensible

About all the controllers deliver CC info so you can MIDIfy all of your knob- excesses. Great! Keyboard feels better than I expected.

This is like a cross between an amazing musical instrument and the coolest toy you've ever owned. You'll spend part of your time energizing your music in some amazing ways, and part of your time staying up late just to fart around with the thing. Nice filters and other fun stuff.

This unit isn't deep the way the Kurzweil K2000 is deep. But it's deep in that there are millions of sound possibilities just beneath the surface, and all of the knobs you need to get there in a hurry. I've listened to the sound quality and FX through my headphones, keyboard amp, and studio monitors (Event 20.20bas), and I'm extremely impressed. You can nitpick about how some of the knobs were combined, but, overall, I think the control layout is very intelligently done.

If you run across anyone dumb enough to sell theirs, grab it. It's a hoot.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-30-1999 at 00:44
Jimmy a part-time user from USA writes:
Novox..

Plastic..yes...toy..no way..

everyones got their opinions on whats better than what...so there....to some people the Jp8k may be slightly better, but then again, it cost about $600 more..Ever since i sold my Jp8k and got this, i havent looked back..the An1x does everything the Jp did, and more in my opinion..8 realtime knobs..yes..but if you are too lazy to push the VCF button and turn the knob, you have no business really using the An1x..beefed up Cs1x..ha! oh please....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-24-1999 at 12:35
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