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Akai | AX60
The AX60 is among some of the last true analog polysynths of the mid-eighties. It was Akai's answer to the Roland Juno series and Yamaha's new digital DX-series. The AX60 is a programmable six-voice synth with LFO, lowpass (VCF) filter, envelope sections, and more. An eight-voice version, the AX80, was already available.
Programming this synth is easy using dedicated sliders, knobs and/or buttons for its parameters. LED lights onboard the front panel help to assist the user with sound editing. It uses the same Curtis chips found in some of Sequential Circuits instruments of the same era. It also has a noise generator and some other functions that include auto-tuning, chorus, a multi-mode arpeggiator and a keyboard that can be split into two key-zones, making it somewhat bi-timbral. All six voices can be stacked in unison mode for a powerful and thick lead sound. Its features and sound make the AX60 a worthy alternative to Roland's Juno 106. It also had special inputs for use with Akai's samplers, allowing you to run those samples through the AX60's analog filters and envelopes.
|Engine Detailed||1 VCO per voice with saw, tri, pulse, saw+tri and noise generator|
|Filter (VCF)||Lowpass analog filter|
|Produced:||1986 - 1986|
|Legend:||Obvious||Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable|
|VCO||Voltage Controlled Oscillator||DCO||Digital Controlled Oscillator|
|LFO||Low Frequency Oscillator||Sub||Sub Oscillator|
|VCF||Voltage Controlled Filter||VCA||Voltage Controlled Amplifier|
|Velocity||As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key.||Aftertouch||Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.|
|Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.|