Synth Site: Yamaha: AN-1X: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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miek a part-time user writes:
All I can say is 'WOW' back in 2000 I was consitering getting one of these, but the MS2000 just came out and that seemed to have a better features and sounded better at the time. A lot of my buddies got one of em and I just jumped on the band wagon...

Then I went to school to study Audio Technology/Engineering and at the Synth Lab and Engineering room there lies a 2 Yamaha DX7, a DXFM Rackmount, Yamaha EX5 (:) ), Kurzwiel 2600S+, MOOG MEMORY MOOG, and 15 G4+ with protools and lots of rackmount stuff, and a 64CH Gentech Analog Mixer and a Mackie 8 bus. They also had some other synths but I hav't messed with them.

I had a lot of fun in the lab, and I spent most of my time with the Yammie EX5, and was very much impressed with the ANALOG Voice DSP Part of it. It had a very flexible modulation matrix and the RAW sound is just awesome.... anyway...

I figured this must be the same sound engine from and AN1x. couldnt be further from the truth. I wanted an1x but I couldnt find one, but then I found a CS6x for $400 (2002),witch was a very good deal, and guess what came with it? A AN-PLG BOARD!

The possibilaties of this board exceed those of the MS2000, I also thing that the envelope genorators have the 'PERFECT' slopes! Fresh attack and most importantly Snappy decay! The EG slopes might seem insignificant, but it gives your OSCilators and Filters just the right amount of BREATH needed to keep it alive.

Oh oatbran71@hotmail.com, theres an internal switch that allows you to set the VCA output from -6 0 +6 and +12 db output, I think that 0db is good enough, but if its too low try setting it to +6 db.

You can also do this with the an1x editor on the VCA section

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-28-2003 at 00:57
s roberts a professional user from UK writes:
this synth has a uniquely warm and organic sound among V/As, more realistically analog than any of the others, which means it can never be written off and is always worth hearing . Unfortunately though, like some other V/As it suffers from a sluggish velocity response which means it isn't as expressive and playable as it should be. For sheer warmth of sound this machine will always outclass other virtual analogue machines, but for expressiveness, programming depth, playability and all-round class the Korg Z1 is the obvious lead choice for me among V/A synths.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-06-2003 at 05:43
Oat a hobbyist user from Northeastern USA writes:
This is a great sounding synth. It sounds similar to the Roland JP-8000 but with a bigger and better feeling keyboard and a lower price. It also has fewer waveforms and no vocoder or external input. The impressions of various analog keyboards are very convincing, much more so than any sample based synth. It also has the ability to produce unusual digital sounding tones too. It can be made to scream, squeal and create bubbly sounds as well as some smooth strings and pads. The construction and the user interface are not too bad (considering the bargain used prices) but could be better. The 16 note sequencer and the ability to record and store knob movements are wonderful features to have. I really like this board but I seem to be having trouble with the volume. It seems much too low. Apart from the master volume control and the VCA volume control is there another way to adjust the volume? Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-08-2003 at 10:40
Ted Kaminsky a part-time user from New York, NY writes:
The AN1x is the most underrated VA ever. Has good poliphony, amazing sounding capabilities, it's warm and wicked.... programming sounds can be fun (after learning how to deal with the matrix) and the results can be mind blowing. It has only 8 knobs but each knob has up to 7 parameters.... which would have resulted in 56 knobs if built that way !!

I was away from it while playing with some soft synths... but I'm glad I'm rediscovering it again. I've had my AN1x since 1998 and we have been through a lot, it even has a ciggarrete burn in one of the keys... I will never sell it.

It's an amazing synth !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-29-2003 at 11:01
Ted Kaminsky a part-time user from New York, NY writes:
The AN1x is the most underrated VA ever. Has good poliphony, amazing sounding capabilities, it's warm and wicked.... programming sounds can be fun (after learning how to deal with the matrix) and the results can be mind blowing. It has only 4 knobs but each knob has up to 7 parameters.... which would have resulted in 28 knobs if built that way !!

I was away from it while playing with some soft synths... but I'm glad I'm rediscovering it again. I've had my AN1x since 1998 and we have been through a lot, it even has a ciggarrete burn in one of the keys... I will never sell it.

It's an amazing synth !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-29-2003 at 11:00
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