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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Kris Stevens a professional user from BELGIUM writes:
I've just bought one 2nd hand. I make trance and other electronic music. The sounds are great, especially the patches you find on the internet. This machine is perfect for arpeggio's and those type of sounds. But for leads I still prefer my Roland JP-8000. Overall a very good synth and I've got it at a very good price > 350 USD. I also own a Yamaha CS6R and CS1X, I'm sure they'll compliment eachother perfectly. But there's one thing that bothers me. You can only have 128 patches? or can you save more? I don't get that, even my Cs1x has 256 patches. But aside from that it's a very good VA.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-20-2001 at 11:26
Filip a part-time user from czech rep. writes:
Synth is great. Super sounds. But guys, I end up with the same sounding patches every time I try to do something myself. Same basses, same leads, strings etc... Do I need to spend more time with it ? I think so. Only thing that pisses me off is 2 parts of multitimbrality, I need more :) Also could have Audio IN, for processing external signal. Right now I'm looking at the Access Indigo, 80 efx in the same time sounds aaaaaaa!!! :))) anyway love my AN1x. Does anyone wants to exchange patches ?...mail me

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-15-2001 at 11:21
Jurriaan Knol a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
I bought a fully functional yet slightly damaged AN1x (it's got a crack and small hole in the casing) for as little as $350 and I was very much surprised by the excellent, warm and deep sound quality and the dramatic effects which can be achieved by messing around with the knobs, scenes and ribboncontroller. It's so easy to morph between peaceful, beautiful arpeggiator sounds into a grinding industrial noise that it's hard to believe you're playing in real time instead of listening to some weird Aphex Twin album. It doesn't really matter if you use the An1x for spot effects, as a solo instrument or an integral part of a midi setup, it seems to be feeling at home anywhere. If you like hardcore techno, get it ... if you like new-age, get it too :-) This baby does it all!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-15-2001 at 07:54
lunarwynd a part-time user from USA writes:
Positively a masterpiece of synth design. I've played several VA's and owned a Z1. This board blows them away. The analog textures are rich and full. All the traditional analog sounds are available. The addition of the FM synthesis option allows some timres you just can't get from VA. Sync dosen't use both oscillators (VCO 1 has a dedicated sync "slave" osc) Easy to program after 30 mins figuring out the programming matrix. The eight knobs have several different functions according to what you have selected in the main panel. This means you can change the knobs to other parameters with one button press, so it's really like having about 64 knobs on the front... and eight of those are assignable to any parameter. You'll find yourself modulating things you've never considered modulating because it's so easy to access. I love it. This board was easy for me to learn as I've had a CS1X for years. The two may look the same, but do NOT let the similar look make you think this is the same synth. A ton more controller options and VA/FM instead of PCM synthesis. I love my CS1X as well... it's highly underrated. But it does not compare to the AN1X as a quality instrument with awesome experimentation potential. I like a lot of real time modulation, and no board I've owned has had this much control so readily accessible... except maybe my K5000S. To sum up... the AN1X is the best sounding VA I've played, it sells for less than any of the competition, has far more options, controllers, and a better arpegiator/seq. I can't see why this board is not as popular. I guess you're all listening to the "juiced up CS1X" hype like I did. Or maybe it's because it dosen't look as cool. Now that I have it, it's a definite 5 for me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-08-2001 at 17:01
lunarwynd a part-time user from USA writes:
Positively a masterpiece of synth design. I've played several VA's and owned a Z1. This board blows them away. The analog textures are rich and full. All the traditional analog sounds are available. The addition of the FM synthesis option allows some timres you just can't get from VA. Sync dosen't use both oscillators (VCO 1 has a dedicated sync "slave" osc) Easy to program after 30 mins figuring out the programming matrix. The eight knobs have several different functions according to what you have selected in the main panel. This means you can change the knobs to other parameters with one button press, so it's really like having about 64 knobs on the front... and eight of those are assignable to any parameter. You'll find yourself modulating things you've never considered modulating because it's so easy to access. I love it. This board was easy for me to learn as I've had a CS1X for years. The two may look the same, but do NOT let the similar look make you think this is the same synth. A ton more controller options and VA/FM instead of PCM synthesis. I love my CS1X as well... it's highly underrated. But it does not compare to the AN1X as a quality instrument with awesome experimentation potential. I like a lot of real time modulation, and no board I've owned has had this much control so readily accessible... except maybe my K5000S. To sum up... the AN1X is the best sounding VA I've played, it sells for less than any of the competition, has far more options, controllers, and a better arpegiator/seq. I can't see why this board is not as popular. I guess you're all listening to the "juiced up CS1X" hype like I did. Or maybe it's because it dosen't look as cool. Now that I have it, it's a definite 5 for me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-08-2001 at 17:01
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