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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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squidpop a professional user from Landodubya writes:
I, too, love the AN!X. A beautiful, smooth synth with a full bass and soaring pads, as well as a fairly easy to learn interface (I purchased it used and have not looked at the manual...because it was not sent with the synth.) I even think a lot of the presets are ok. And I ain't a big fan of presets.

Nevertheless, I would not want to work with this synth alone...or with any synth as my only board. It leaves you beholdin' to that board's algorhythms and directs you (in an indirect way) to a certain set of sounds and musical styles. Even the Q (and it has a far deeper architecture than the AN!X) has this limitations. These limitations are built into any digital board. The only exception I know of is Metasynth, although Reason might also qualify--I haven't tried it yet. This is not to mention the fun to be had integrating instruments, because you can derive so many unexpected layers. So I say, in order to break out of the box, you need at least three synths and maybe even a rompler. In this way you begin to layer or multiply (is this a correct mathematical description?) algorhythms and can begin to explore the turf outside the box. In this way you leave behind music that most often lacks depth and begin to compose some wild, organic, living sound-creatures. SQUIDPOP

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-04-2001 at 20:13
DhM a professional user from New York City writes:
The Yamaha AN1x was badly advertized by Yamaha back in 1997 as it was the "other blue contender" of the JP8000.... and those fortunate enough to have one know by now that the AN1x SOUND IS FANTASTIC !

The Yamaha AN1x sill lives in the new AN200 and the PLG150-AN add-on board.....

Peace.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-04-2001 at 16:14
an1xmeister a professional user writes:
The AN1x is one great piece of VA, if you got your hands on one during the blowout sales like me then I have to congratulate you, it was the best bargain ever!

This thing does everything you can imagine, get a sampler as companion and that's all you ever need (in theory, but aren't we all gear sluts ;).

As mentioned before this thing is fat, 2 osc. which can be put into unison and mono(even fatter) and then you can put the two scenes into dual unison mode and get 4 osc in unison&mono, now that I call crazy. :)

The control matrix is also the best ever, editing the sounds is really easy, I've heard people complain about it being hard to understand but unless they were total newbies they had no business owning an analog synthesizer anyway!

Also, this is *the* VA pad machine, period.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-04-2001 at 11:55
miccom a professional user from belgium writes:
there is also a superb AN1X-editor by Gary Gregson. It helps you to get over the difficulties of the interface. It's FREE, but adds a LOT!

get it here: http://www.yme.co.uk/yme

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-01-2001 at 12:16
miccom a professional user from belgium writes:
the sweetest sounds i've ever heard coming from any VA. the sync/fm possibilities add a lot of possibilities and detail to the synth. At 26.880bfr(=560$) i recommend it to anyone looking for a decent 5-octave controller keyboard with velocity and aftertouch-capabilities which can also produce the aforementioned wide variety of sounds (even cold and harsh metallic or wind sounds, apart from traditional analog sounds are there if you care to program them). of course it lacks 2 to 4 parts, 6 to 10 note polyphony and a user-friendly interface but you can always add that later in the form of a Nord Rack when you have the money. (Or you could get a simple sampler in conjunction or stream audio on your computer...) No machine (however pricy) brings it all in one go. But definitely a great synth to start with. Also, read S.O.S aug'97 on AN1X and Waldorf Q-review on Intermusic/Future Music. You'll be surprised...and you won't let it pass on you when you happen to still bump into one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-01-2001 at 11:24
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