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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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DZ writes:
What's the best in AN1x in my opinion? It has so much great stuff and many ways to make sounds It haven't bore me yet. There is many "limited" synths I bore too soon. I have JP-8080 and sound is definitely different and AN1x kills it in many sound categories. I also have Q Rack and XT and their sound is very different too, AN is more "analogue" sounding.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-21-2003 at 01:47
niger a part-time user from USA writes:
Dave is right.............an1x has better sounds than all those hyped up euro keyboards like novation,waldorf,access or those japanese keyboards like jp8000 and ms2000...

I do have a few gripes about the an1x that I hope yamaha will follow up in the next release of the an series (hopefully 2004 namm)...

1). polyphony...10 is not great for today's age of analog software synthesizers; atleast 32 is needed. 2). multitimbrality...2?? lol, not bad for 1997 (when an1x was released), but today....in order to make a good trance track, you need around 4 an1x to carry around!!! ... as dave mentioned, 8 multitimbrality is needed in today's age. 3). vocoder: jp8000 has a vocoder, microkorg has a vocoder...i think yamaha should fit in a decent vocoder. 4). voices cut off when they change...as a user mentioned, this is quite disappointing, when you use rs7000 or other sequencers with inserts for program change .... voices need to fade away instead of cutting off. 5). yamaha an1x, though has the best analog-like sound, needs a few more sound routing options, as 3 VCOs instead of 2, etc. and more lfo options, etc. 6). Arpeggiator is limited; User programmable arpeggiator will be great. (The step sequencer in the an1x is pretty good). 7). Last but not the least, a usb interface, a breath controller (like the cs6x) mlan and other modernities might prove helpful.

Yamaha listened to their customers big time with giving a new update for the rs7000 (OS 1.2), and releasing motif ES (the best supersynth currently on the market)> I hope they do the same to the an1x and release a new version....

Chill!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-20-2003 at 15:29
STILLWAITING a professional user from wv, usa writes:
What can I say? I have been waiting for 6 years for yamaha to release a follow up to the an1x...something like an an2x or an6x...those plg boards and the an200 seriously lack compared to the an1x..........

In terms of analog sound quality, An1x is the ABSOLUTE BEST synth out there, better filters than the ms2000, jp8000 and better realistic analog sound compared to the virus or nova...its just amazing what you can program into this synth.

The AN1x pads are just soooooo amazing......its unreal, its razor sharp leads and fat basses are the best you can get...I m not surprised, because yamaha brought the world physical modern technology with their VL synth in 1991, and since then nord lead used this physical modelling in the analog realm.

Only thing i don't like the an1x is for its computing power...it is only 2 part multi-timbral with ten note polyphony...how about 8 part multitimbral with 32 note polyphony, yamaha? And also, it will be nice if an2/6x can have a storage drive, usb, etc. and don't forget a decent vocoder!

YAMAHA MAKES SOME OF THE BEST INSTRUMENTS, and roland, korg, alesis, ensoniq and the rest of you can try , but you aint gonna be a yamaha...Yamaha is the innovator, period...from dx 7 to vL1 to legendary An1x..now i will be waiting for the an6x

dave miller, YAMAHAFAN4LIFE

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-20-2003 at 01:36
Dean T. Davis a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
I've had my AN1x now for about two years and I was thinking of selling it about a month ago and started playing it again after not using it for a few months and what a mistake that would have been. First of all for a V.A synth it has an incredible warmth you don't hear in these analog imposters and it gives you every resource you need for making analog sounds. You get osc. sync, ring mod. amazing filters, a serious group of Lfo's and if that weren't enough a free e.g. or motion recorder. I paid 500.00 for mine and didn't really know anything about it. I really don't think Yamaha did a good job advertising it but so what I got one, I love it and would never sell it. Some are even saying it's becoming rare. Also I have a EX-5 and when you m.i.d.i. them together it's magic!!! Better get cha one!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-18-2003 at 01:56
Sergiy a part-time user from Ukraine writes:
I bought mine in 2003 (not-used) and I'm very happy - now I have inexhaustible source of nice analog, some FM and SFX sounds.

This synth has a nice synthesis possibilities and VERY NICE WARM SOUND - really analog sound! It's in own class of (virtual) analog synths (together with Prophet 5 ;) ). It cannot become obsolete...

With AN1x knobs, wheels, etc. and AN1xEdit application creating and editing patches is a breeze.

I'll never sell my AN1x - I love it! This is unique and very dynamic piece of gear...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-14-2003 at 10:04
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