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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 17 reviews )
 9 reviews53 %
 7 reviews41 %
 1 user review6 %
Value For Money : Excellent
MGR/Tusker05/01/2002

MGR/Tusker's review"Yamaha AN1X"

Yamaha AN1X
I purchased this for $500 during the great Sam Ash blowout of 2000. Before the blowout it was retailing for three times as much.

Lovely sound. Relatively warm and full featured for a virtual analog synth.

Appearance and controls:
It has a five octave synth-style keyboard, a ribbon controller, 8 programmable knobs and a two dimensional ribbon controller.

Synthesis Architecture
It's a ten voice virtual analog synth with two oscillators, two LFO's and a single multimode filter per voice. An additional high pass filter is located at the end of the signal chain, but it's passive with no resonance. The AN1X sports a ring modulator and white noise generator as well as FM and Oscillator sync functions. The oscillators have an "edge" parameter which allows you make them more rounded or more jagged. So you can go smoothly from a bright saw to a sine wave. One feature that stands out is the amplifier's feedback parameter. This emnulates the minimoog trick of taking the output of the amplifer and feeding it back into the filter. This adds a smoky, tubey saturation sound, warming things up nicely.

There is a well featured modulation matrix in the synth which can control nearly all synthesis parameters. Sixteen concurrent routings can be mapped in a single patch, allowing for a lot of expressiveness.

Two unusual features in this synth are the free envelope generators and the scene morph function. The four free envelope generators can modulate virtually any of the synth's parameters and can be set to run free or be triggered by the keyboard. They can be synced to midi, and looped in different ways.

The scene morph function allows you to morph (i.r. interpolate) between two patches with the mod wheel. The morph yields lots of complex timbres and is much more expressive than a simple cross-fade.

Effects and arpeggiators:
The effext section is quite comprehensive which each voice passing through a multi-effect, a delay, a reverb and an eq. There's an arpeggiator on board as well as an analog style sequencer.

Sounds:

As you might expect it does analog polysynth sounds very nicely. In monophonic mode it does yield brassy Moogy sounds as well as some rather nice Roland type "wet" resonant sounds. It does lovely synth effects since it's filter self-oscillates. Of course it doesn't do natural instruments like pianos and violins at all.

It has a clunky wall wart power supply, The filter does stair-step on high resonance settings. I wish it had an octave/transpose button.

It's well made The casing is plastic but feels sturdy. It's extremely lightweight and convenient for gigging.

I have had no problems in the 2 years I have owned it. And I am thinking of geting a second one because I like it as a controller.

It's emerging as a cult synth. Although Yamaha has put much of the functionality into the AN200 board and the PLG-AN plug-in card, the AN1X appears to have an ardent following. With good reason.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Modulator1811/21/2014

Modulator18's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" One of the best VA"

Yamaha AN1X
Analog modeling synthesizer.
5 octave keyboard dynamics ... Particular features are the easy ...
The keyboard is good, against a plastic hull, Yamaha could have done better.
Real-time front panel controls, everything is quickly accessible and understandable.

UTILIZATION

for use, the manual is very convenient (especially for programming scene).
The manual, which is essential for the discovery of the device at the beginning is pretty much done, except for returns: an explanation is given then glue "if you want to know more about this or that, and look at page .... it's boring.
the handling is quick, everything is accessible by rotary pots left of the keyboard (VCO, VCF, VCA, LFO FM ...). For the rest (effects, game scene ...) a matrix with a selector is present hard right.

SOUNDS

It goes to the heart:
great synthesizer with 2 oscillators and noise generator can be programmed all kinds of sounds, models emulate analog synth.
Needless to look for acoustic sounds, this is not a ROMpler!

The bass is superb. we get no closer problem sounds a Moog Prodogy!
Pads, strings, percussion of the hovering ... endless possibilities.
Leads, aggressive or air, only your imagination sets the limits.
And fx: pure madness !!!

effects, very good and varied, adds the key to a sound coloration to convenience. Reverb: superb chorus .... everything is good!

A small portion of FM synthesis is based on the board; on the other hand I have not hooked on this (I myself am not retarded either): we like it or not like it.

For the non-programmer, there are banks Sysex on canvas. for fans of Mr jar is a bank with sounds of oxygen, Equinox ... it's super damn good, but it's not my cup of tea. With these banks, there are tons of sound bases just waiting has to be modified to include in your compositions.

OVERALL OPINION

I used it for 7 years, I do not see the end so the possibilities are enormous.
I'm not a big fan of Yamaha, I find them quite cold synth (this is my opinion, sorry!), but AN1X a heat that I was not familiar with the Japanese manufacturer.
I sold part because he resented (I had bought for a small OCCAZ with broken plastics, he fell);
I think probably bought one in good condition. but it's not my priority.

This is a great synth, it still hold the road very well meet current standards. A timeless synth!
If you find one, do not hesitate for a second!
Cola verde05/14/2013

Cola verde's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha AN1X
Characteristics are known, but I would emphasize the ability of the machine to produce various types of oscillators. As we know that the sound signature of analog comes from both its oscillators that its filter, we understand why the AN1x also offers a varied sound pallette.

The keyboard does not please me at all with a race too short keys. This gives the impression of having a wedge below the key that locks the device ... aftertouch is may be responsible. I would rather be deprived aftertouch but have a race longer key.
And the keys are narrow (less than 2.5 cm on a piano on a beach of 61 keys that's a lot)

UTILIZATION

yes ... easy to use ...

SOUNDS

for some sounds it is very close to a true analog ....

OVERALL OPINION

I used all kinds of synths since 1983 .... kawai k1, juno 106, jupiter6, D50, d110, JV80, north LEAD1, SY85, bass station, 6tracks and so on.

Yes, very good choice, I think aquérir a PLG AN board if the opportunity presents itself against but it seems that the sound is a little different and less hot by some to ..... for now I keep my AN1x while most of my synths have been sold .... that is to say ....
boogi man03/09/2011

boogi man's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha AN1X
see previous review

UTILIZATION

Configuration is average

sub menus you want in sailing (they love it decidedly from yam), we move from function to function with push button which is still in number 7, which gives us 40 functions can be edited through the 8 knobs for which is the main edition ..
I will not detail the rest of the sequencer or other editions that are in the same spirit ...

The manual is comprehensive but far from clear for parts

SOUNDS

sounds are not realistic, as stated below this is not the purpose of this synth
cons from the rest is a very good machine VA

the brass, leads, special effects or cries of creatures are weird in his cup of tea
I think his strong point are the pads and brass

For my part, the expression is annoying is either too much or too wide mode curve factory set, fortunately we can sort this out;)

the effects are good at first listen, and especially many



OVERALL OPINION

VA I tried the Nord Lead, Korg xl, roland gaia and for me the above is an1x

I put 8 because the sound and its immense potential to catch up its negative points

alala if yam had the motivation to stick him about 40 knobs on its shell!

Alternat Runner01/16/2010

Alternat Runner's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha AN1X
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What type of keyboard (synth, piano ...)? How many octaves?

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61-key synth-style.

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What controllers (pitch, modulation, sustain ...)?

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Pitch, modulation ribbon +

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What connection (Audio, MIDI pedals ...)?

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Release 6.35 Full + Stereo + midi pedal + headphone

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How many sounds, effects? What styles? Are they edited?

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128 presets that can be modified at will.

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Via a utility Mac / PC?

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There is an app that allows you to edit the patches via PC (mac?): AN1X Editor (free I think)

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What polyphony? ...

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8 or 12 notes, I am no longer on ...

UTILIZATION

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The general configuration is simple?

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The grip is immediate thanks to real-time controllers on the left. Controls the right side are more to change the parameters of the synth itself (tempo, midi, arp, ...).

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Editing sounds and effects is easy?

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Very simple and the result is immediate!

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The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

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Not read ...

SOUNDS

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The sounds they are suitable to your style of music?

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These are the reviews posted here that made me want to buy this synth. I finally found a second hand for 50 € (no, there's no typo!) In a shop in Paris. The price of the last 2 keys that are broken ...

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Are they realistic?

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IU is a shyntétiseur analog modeling. So forget the pianos and guitars. In contrast, emulations clavinet and other organs are very good. The synth sounds are purely harmonic pêchus and stuffed. For once, this Yamaha has heat!

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The effects are they effective and appropriate?

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I use them much, but they appear to be effective

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The expression is good? (Response to velocity, aftertouch)?

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No aftertouch, but the velocity is a fair bit in terms of finesse ... The tape is used to modify certain parameters in real time. It also reacts to pressure.

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What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?

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There are none that I do not. Some are still difficult to use in a compound, unless you want from a trip Marsian!

OVERALL OPINION

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For how long have you been using it?

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2 years

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What thing do you like most/least about it?

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+ Ergonomics
+ Sound
+ Aesthetic
+ Price (for me)

- Polyphony
- Multi-timbralité

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Did you try many other models before getting this one?

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Roland SH201, Yamaha TX7

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What is your opinion about the value for the price?

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About me, the question does not arise!

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Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ..

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Undoubtedly
konD06/07/2009

konD's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha AN1X
We are dealing with a synth modeling with an arpeggiator and a sequencer not (analog type ...).
It also has a good quality multi purpose.
There is a utility pc very useful for creating original patches.

UTILIZATION

Getting started is simple at first but then you have to push the issue (a lot of sub menu) to exit the complex sounds.
The manual is well done for, unlike other models of the brand (jpense the A3000 for example ...).

SOUNDS

I make electro and sounds are nikel, including bass. He has a good presence in the mix, a little ptètre fat for my taste.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 6 months and I am not disappointed. I love the arpeggiator and sequencer.
The price / quality ratio is unbeatable.
luchogie05/11/2009

luchogie's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha AN1X
The majority of users seem to make AN1x
trans. Yet this synth is very versatile.

UTILIZATION

The edition is far from intuitive. It seems that it becomes simple when you understand
operation.

SOUNDS

Sounds are dlicieux. The bass are the big potato, the pads are fine ...
It can also lead to a fall to the ground, electric guitars that dchirent.
The lovely and beautiful brass bells.
However, compared to the bcp because that costs more, even if we feel that
the two machines have a speck of light years away from each other,
I do not know if its the AN1x is less musical, or vice versa. It is on the grounds that convertos are better. The sound is prcis. But hey, the music is not only linked to the precision of sound. For most of the sounds that AN1x can do, he does it better than the Motif. The sound is bold. It sounds better.
Compare bells for example ... They sound good on the Motif. They sound
the super AN1x.

OVERALL OPINION

I do not regret having bought this machine.
Especially since I just try and live ... Or the.
To live is a synth gnial. The sounds are standard. Super Potato.
Stropharia04/14/2009

Stropharia's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha AN1X
For CHARACTERISTICS: see other reviews.

UTILIZATION

Everything is in real time and simple enough if you have the idea.
Otherwise, everything is explained in the manual that is more than enough and clear enough.
The edition of the sounds is simple, fast.
I use it in a group and I have plenty of time to make manipulations in real time.
In addition, a CONTRL SCENE can just turn the dial to access a completely DIFFERENT her if you want

SOUNDS

Sounds conciennent my style of music and yet I do not do the trance.
And yes I play in a metal band and the sounds are perfect and even bring a little extra: a touch of lctronique.
The final result gives a fairly typical "industrial metal".
Good if you want to sound ultra ralistes not looking in the AN1x, it is not for a.
The leads and pads are not bad and there is also a lot of effects has to do with this machine that can give depth to the music.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 1 year.
I like it because it is not too bulky (compared to others).
I like these sounds very lctroniques.
I tried many before MODELS acqurir sduit and so I must admit it is the price. The report is qualitprix trs good.
I would do without this choice problem because the use is simple can couraging good tips for me are perfect with the price.
Aeden Hivanova04/17/2007

Aeden Hivanova's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha AN1X
Characteristic similar to JP8000.
Ability to edit the sound via the PC.

UTILIZATION

Use whatever is easier.
It includes all useful pots.
Only the matrix that I have some problems (I still do not quite understand how it works)

SOUNDS

Ha sounds!
Listen first in-store bank of origin.
Some very good sounds for trance, but much unusable.
It was later when I started fiddling that I realized the prossibilités.
And the day I managed to make a supersaw, I was the happiest in the world! From there I started creating a lot of lead and Famous are all still in fashion.
Certainly, I would have appreciated a tilt to get more sounds even more powerful, but it's not so bad!
The black dot is the polyphony. My advice: Turn off the effects to gain votes, and use those in your sequencer. And unison mode, you will have all the voices available for your supersaw that sound like the famous Airwave! Add vibrato or increase the detune, and you have beautiful trance lead.

OVERALL OPINION

I have for many years.
I do not use it much (if at all now) for its sound as vst come out today sounds as good or better for a much more flexible and simple via the sequencer.
Now for 150 €, investment worth.
I would do this choice, even though today, I let myself be tempted by the well-SH201 (not to mention the Virus TI of course ...)
phger01/09/2007

phger's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha AN1X
128 editable sounds to infinity.

UTILIZATION

The edition is ultra-simple.
If you know what the VCO, VCA, VCF.
Simply select the aid of a small key (right next to the screen) such as VCA (white) or VCA (green)
Using the eight buttons around which we find the names of the parameters to change (in corresponding colors).
There is no easier.
Not even the editor, it's so easy.
I do not understand that some find the program difficult to see, impossible without the publisher.

SOUNDS

It sounds that I do not even rerouve on the Triton. That is to say .....
The touch keyboard is very comfortable and less noisy than the Triton, for example.
It's pure "virtual analog" very very hot, beautiful.

OVERALL OPINION

I was looking for a cheap virtual analog with 2 VCO.
I hesitated a long time between MicroKorg and JP8000.
AN1x not even think about (if there one or two years and then no more, I knew it existed).
In reading the forums and I'm stumble upon its qualities.
SonicState or go on harmony central (in English).
For the price, it's a real treat, the more it really is not so bad as that.