Yamaha AN1x is one of the top of legendary virtual analogue synthesizers. It was produced only for a year from 1997 to 1998 and quite rare nowadays. It is a perfect choice for those who are looking for distinct rich analogue sound. It is widely used in electronic music genres like Trance, Dance, New age. One the second hand market Yamaha An1x could be a cheaper option then Access Virus B for those with limited budget, but that does not mean that one get cheaper sound. Actually, Yamaha AN1X produces very unique sound full of character that it pretty difficult to emulate even on Virus Ti.
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In monotimbral mode the AN1x has 10-note maximum polyphony, though the actual polyphony depends on scene settings and unison. Scene layering halves polyphony, unison uses five notes per note played, thus in layered unison mode the synthesizer is monophonic, though capable of 10x unison with careful programming. Using keyboard split assigns
five voices to each scene, which may also be unisoned into two monophonic voices. Unison is also possible in poly mode - it uses two notes per note played.
The voice architecture is a typical twin oscillator multi-mode filter design with separate pitch, filter and amplitude envelopes and two LFOs. Available waveforms include saw and PWM-capable square, saw2 (which behaves in a different way than basic saw when used with PWM) and saw/square mix waves.
Additional waveforms (Inner1-3) are available for OSC1 when in oscillator sync mode.
To the typical twin oscillator synthesis AN1x added a non-resonant high-pass filter in series with the
resonant multimode filter, basic wave shaping, VCA feedback, frequency modulation that can be used
simultaneously with either hard or soft oscillator sync modes. A multieffect, reverb and delay units
were also built in.
The AN1x also features both an arpeggiator that can receive and output via MIDI and step sequencer.
The step sequencer can be used to send control data such as filter cutoff value or notes to the synth's
own tone generator or to MIDI output. Furthermore, the notes may be fixed or transposed via the synth's
own keyboard or MIDI input. Both arpeggiator and step sequencer sync to MIDI timecode.
2 Scene memories with realtime morphing between Scenes
Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer with MIDI data output
128 voices, 10 notes polyphony and multiple voice layering options
Intuitive "modeless" system with assignable control knobs
Dimensions Width 976 mm ( 38-3/8")
Height 103 mm ( 4-1/16")
Depth 285 mm (11-1/4")
Weight Weight 7.5kg (16lbs., 8oz)
Keyboard Number of Keys 61
Initial Touch Yes
Other Controllers Pitch Bend Yes
Others Pitch Bend Wheel (assignable)
Modulation Wheel (assignable)
X-Z Ribbon Controller (assignable)
CONTROL Knobs x 8 (assignable)
Display Type LCD, LED x 10 (red)
Tone Generation Tone Generating Technology Analog Physical Modeling
VCO1 (Sync, FM), VCO2, VCF (Ring Modulator, Noise, FEG), VCA (AEG)
Multi Timbral Capacity Max. 2 timbres (with polyphony of 5 + 5 notes)
Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 10 Notes
Custom User Voices 128 User voices
Types Reverb 8
Insertion Variation x 14: Chorus 1, 2, Flanger, Symphonic, Phaser, Auto Pan, Rotary Speaker, Pitch Change, Aural Exciter, Compressor, Wah,
Distortion, Overdrive, Amp Simulator
Reverb x 8: Hall 1, 2, 3, Room 1, 2, Stage 1, 2, Plate
Delay x 5: Delay LCR, Delay LR, Echo, Cross Delay
EQ x 1: 3-band stereo
Preset Number of Arpeggio 30 patterns, 10 timing subdivisions
Recording Sequence Format Step Sequencer
Max. 16 steps (Note, Velocity, Gate Time, Control Change)
128 Voice patterns + 128 User patterns
Storage and Connectivity
Connectivity Headphones Stereo 1/4" Jack
Foot Control Yes
Foot Switch Yes
LINE OUT L(MONO)/ R: 1/4" Jack
Power Supply AC Adaptor : PA-3B or equiv.