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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Johan Claesson a part-time user from Sweden writes:
This is a great synth for almost every kind of sounds. Lush pads, warm strings, hard basses, wierd noise and blipps. It's cheap, easy to program (with the an1xEdit) and it sounds warm and clean. It's the heart in my studio and i can spend hours tweeking one sound to get it just the way i want it. If you don't like to program from scratch there's a great software called Genetix. Genetix takes 2 patches and greates a bank (128 patches) with blends of the 2 patches. The result is you get 128 new sounds! Most of them might be crap, but if you edit som of them you can get wonderfull new patches, with less work than doing them from scratch. This is a great software and it can create new interesting sounds.... anyway the an1x is cheap and it's great for techno, house, dnb and ambient. BUY IT!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-06-2000 at 08:07
lorin a part-time user from USA writes:
I've had this thing for a while now...it has lasted longer in my studio than many others (Prophecy, Orbit, Sirius), and I recently got some good analog (Jupiter 6 & Akai AX80)...this thing can really do some crazy, mean sounds! And so clean! Well...dirty and clean, but not the same kind of obscene dirt as say the Jupiter 6 - Clean dirt :)

Really though, I first got this a while back, and downloaded a bank from the Teklab site (yes you can load and save banks and send them via midi into the AN1x) of Dark Jungle Basses made by this great programmer - forgot his name - and heard what was possible! With those as guidelines (and a decent manual with step by setp instructions for voice creation), I have got some bass sounds that will rip your head off! Ed Rush/Optical basses - no problem! Full Cycle - no problem! Any kind of hard-as-nails bass can be made and you can get them as punchy raw/dirty screaming as you like.

The presets are OK...the only one I really, really like is Fat Glide - a nice rubbery 303 bass that I've actually used in a track.

One thing that makes this stand out, and REALLY stand out is the Ribbon Controller. You cannot believe how much you can do with that thing. Directionally sensitive as well as Pressure sensitive, your patches really get expressive. I love using it to get that morphy - new breaks bass sound. It's like you can feel yourself squishing out the voices and swirling them around.

The one minus is that there is no Octive Up/Down button...so what you see is waht you get.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-28-2000 at 18:31
Bob a professional user from USA writes:
The AN1x sounds better than many synths that cost twice as much. It really is the best value out there IMHO for a VA Synth that has some real balls. Sound is such a matter of taste, but I gotta say this baby rules in my studio. I love it. And I have a lotta cool gear too. The AN1x will be a keeper for me. Its perhaps not for everyone, but it sure kicks ass!!! Peace!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-12-2000 at 21:30
Kamilof a part-time user from New York City writes:
It is still one of the best Virtual Analog Synths ever. There are new toys out there, some very impressive. But the AN1X when in production was not only cheap, but Imppresive in Sound Quality. It is a PHATT !! It is BLUE !! And SOUNDS GREAT !!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-23-2000 at 09:58
Andrzej a hobbyist user from Poland writes:
This synth stals the show! It goes before first line easily. It is one (or two) voice only, but what a quality!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-06-2000 at 06:36
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