Synth Site: Yamaha: AN-1X: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Richie a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Everyone!!, I don't know about other countries but this thing is selling for 500 pounds brand new in the UK at the moment!!!

In fact the cheapest I have seen it for (Brand New) is 425 pounds!!! For a synth of this quality that is cheap!!! Just see Septembers issue of Future Music!

Everyone has mentioned all the good points allready but here's my own,, The on-board effects/eq are so good that you don't need to tie up any external units you can just use this baby straight. My favorite thing about this synth is the fact that ALL the settings (synth/fx/sequencer/eq/ect/ect) are saved within a patch making recalling that old track that mutch more simpler.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-04-1998 at 03:46
An1x user a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
All the presets sucks and there is no sine wave generator (just saw, pulse and mixes). Otherwise the sound quality is excellent, Fat. Much better than my Roland Jv sampled in memory synth. I think that the guy who wrote in the review that the piano sounds are excellent is on chemicals.But for the rest, i agree...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-26-1998 at 19:04
Aaron a hobbyist user from Seattle, USA writes:
The AN1x is a fine synth, capable of emulating a vast range of analog sounds, and also capable of a large range of sounds that go far beyond analogue. The sound architecture is complex and versatile, far more so than many of the presets would lead you to believe. Many of the presets are very mainstream-dance oriented, so I erased many of them and created new sounds from scratch. When you initialize a voice on an AN1x, you can choose a variety of basic sound tamplates to work from, or you can create your sound from a buzzing tone. I've created realistic emulations of gongs, water drips/trickles, organ tones, bass drums that morph into record scratches (with backspins available via ribbon cortroller), all from scratch.

That is another thing that sets the AN1x aside from the flock of other analog modelers. The sound architecture is fully programmable. That means that you are not limited to making changes to presets, like you are on a nord lead2 or JP-8000. Because the sound architecture is fully programmable, you can go into any sound and make it into any other sound by turning knobs. The morph mode allows you to traverse the entire range between two sounds in realtime using a controller like the mod wheel.

The bass on this keyboard really rocks. It produces dirty basses, squelchy basses, bass drums... if you are persistent enough to create them. The on board EQ is a parametric, which is an advantage. You can boost frequencies as low as 34 hertz, which is quite useful for subsonics.

As a controller for other synthesizers, the AN1x is ideal. Not only can any controller control any internal parameter, but knobs and such can be routed to any control change message you want. I used this feature to control the breath control(CC 2) on my DX100 with the AN1x ribbon controller via midi. The arpeggiator is excellent and can synced with a sequencer or drum machine.

As an experimental synth the AN1X really shines. Those of us who lust for modular synthesizers are greeted by a variety of routing functions that allow the AN1x to use the output of one module to control another. For example, you can set the Frequency Modulation amount to be controlled by the FEG and the LF01, or controlled by the PEG and LFO2, or many other combinations. Sync and oscillator pitch can be similarly controlled.

The first LFO has 21 wave types. The second LFO is set to one type(triangle). Those who still desire more modulation control can turn to the Free EG, which allows you to record parameter changes and sync them to an external MIDI clock.

What can I say? analogs still have a place in my heart, but at under a grand, the AN1x is the most badass sound source around.

As for the complaints about the LOF not being syncable, there is an LFO reset switch which allows you to make the LFO start over when a new note is sounded. Adjust the LFO so that it keeps time and you're in business.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-07-1998 at 05:02
jweisbin a hobbyist user from usa writes:
Great keyboard/synth, lots of control, great sounds -but- only two

part multitimbral, and it uses a wall-wart power supply. I'm just learning

to use it. All the specs say that the keyboard responds to aftertouch,

but I can't find any evidence of this, and can't find it in the manual,

other than in the midi specs, where it says that it responds to channel

aftertouch. Got mine for $1035 US from Macbeat (800-Mac-beat), which is

a good deal, I think (saw them for $1250 in the stores).

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:17
David jackson a hobbyist user from Ireland writes:
Totally amazing synth, especially when you know

how to use it. I just got my hands on the editing

software for the PC and Jesus Christ this synth is

phenomenal. Check out the new sounds for download on

Yamaha's homepage...really cool. Gonna be a classic and you read it here first.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:17
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