SynthsYamaha ⇝ Yamaha AN1x

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The AN1x was one of the earliest virtual analog modelling synthesizers, and certainly one of the most popular.

While the AN1x may share its case style with the Yamaha CS1x, it is a completely different machine. Its eight multi-function knobs and large array of function buttons can be daunting at first but they give an excellent level of control over a vast number of parameters. It has onboard effects, scene memories, an excellent arpeggiator, and a ribbon controller. Add this to the pulse width modulation, ring modulation, and oscillator syncing capabilities and you have a very expressive and tweakable machine.

One common complaint with the AN1x is that it takes a long time to change patches. Waiting a second or two might not be much, but it can be annoying. The knob caps also tend to fall off, so it's not uncommon to find an AN1x with aftermarket replacement knobs (or no knobs at all).

It uses an external PA-3B power adapter.

Like its siblings, the AN1x does not have a built-in sequencer. It features a blank space with a tiny shelf that is meant to be paired with one of the Yamaha sequencers, such as the QY70 or QY100.


Year Released: 1997

Keyboard: 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch

Polyphony: 10 notes

Multitimbral: 2 parts

User Patches: 128

Effects: variation x 14, delay x 5, reverb x 8, stereo 3-band EQ

Arpeggiator: 30 preset patterns

Screen: 15-character custom backlit LCD

Outputs: 2 x 1/4 inch outputs

Dimensions: 986 mm x 285 mm x 103 mm

Weight: 7.5 kg

Connections: MIDI in/out/thru, foot switch, foot controller, foot volume, 1/4 inch headphone jack.

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