Yamaha AN1x.....Just bought one. Thoughts?

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Yamaha AN1x.....Just bought one. Thoughts?

Post by sonny1 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:57 am

I've just bought a Yamaha AN1X (1997). Why have I not heard of this machine? I think it's a very good attempt by Yamaha to give real time control of a digital modeler. I've only had it for two days and have run thru it's presets....I think it's quite possibly the most astonishing little keyboard yamaha has come out with scince the DX 7. Looking for opinions...tricks and tips.


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Post by AudiosEnvy » Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:32 am

Get Studio Manager and the An1x editor. You won't be sorry. It's a great sounding VA and I always miss the one I use to own a few years back.
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Post by gordwiebe » Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:56 am

The AN1X has unfortunately ruined all other VA synths for me - I am absolutely in love with the sound (not that it has only one sound, it's incredibly flexible) of that thing.
My only complaints are that the aftertouch sucks and that I've got one of the versions that crackles and pops for the first 2 minutes it's turned on when both scenes are engaged.
I'm going to go touch it now...

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Post by sonny1 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:09 am

gordwiebe wrote:The AN1X has unfortunately ruined all other VA synths for me - I am absolutely in love with the sound (not that it has only one sound, it's incredibly flexible) of that thing.
My only complaints are that the aftertouch sucks and that I've got one of the versions that crackles and pops for the first 2 minutes it's turned on when both scenes are engaged.
I'm going to go touch it now...
Well, that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy...I bought it on a whim...I just saw it sitting there at a pawn shop put some head phones on and by the time I reached the 2nd preset I called the manager over and said wrap it up! I can't wait until I get the editor for it.
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Post by sonny1 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:11 am

AudiosEnvy wrote:Get Studio Manager and the An1x editor. You won't be sorry. It's a great sounding VA and I always miss the one I use to own a few years back.
Thanks !!! Man, I really love this site. All you guys are great.


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Re: Yamaha AN1x.....Just bought one. Thoughts?

Post by crystalmsc » Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:29 am

sonny1 wrote:I think it's quite possibly the most astonishing little keyboard yamaha has come out with scince the DX 7. Looking for opinions...tricks and tips.
It's the best and the one and only Yamaha's dedicated Virtual Analog Keyboard up to 2008! Download these files for more tips and sounds.
http://www.yamahasynth.com/download/an1x/s_guide.htm
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Re: Yamaha AN1x.....Just bought one. Thoughts?

Post by sonny1 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:17 am

crystalmsc wrote:
sonny1 wrote:I think it's quite possibly the most astonishing little keyboard yamaha has come out with scince the DX 7. Looking for opinions...tricks and tips.
It's the best and the one and only Yamaha's dedicated Virtual Analog Keyboard up to 2008! Download these files for more tips and sounds.
http://www.yamahasynth.com/download/an1x/s_guide.htm

Thanks....I'm a live player and have been wanting a "newer" synth that would emulate to some degree of accuracy the old Prophets and Moogs, and Korgs. We do a live version of South Side of the Sky by Yes and I gotta tell you playing this little Yamaha gives me a sense of security, as well as accuracy of tone.

Electronics are fickle and newer is usually better. Not in sound but in being dependable. I would much rather have something that will take a bit of a beating on stage than a heavy, Self detuning, expensive, vintage synth. I leave that to the studio.

My rig is now A roland JV-1000, Alesis QS6, and this little Yamaha. It's a bit better than my Triton and my K2000s. I leave those monsters in the studio now.
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Post by Zamise » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:09 am

It is an easily overlooked yet great sounding performance synth, one I will not part with ever again if I don't have to. I recently posted a song in the Listening Lounge here featuring one of my favorite tweaked out patches and arped sequences from an AN1X. Check it out if you get time. Its much more capable than what I did too, my favorite VA/Analog Modeler. Reminds me, where has Elmo been lately?
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Post by meatballfulton » Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:43 pm

Hundreds of patches available at the Yahoo AN1X User's Group.
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Post by MitchK1989 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:47 pm

its a pretty good VA for its age. I'm not terribly impressed by the featureset... I'm sure the free EG would be a lot more impressive if I had access to the software editor... Which I don't, since I'm fairly sure a mac OSX version was never made.

Overall I'd say its a pretty good synth for how much it fetches second hand...

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Post by Jexus » Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:59 pm

Why is an1x so cheap ?

-Failure of marketing strategies by brains at Yamaha ?
-Ignorance of masses ?
-Noone f**k ridiculously famous used it ?
-It was expensive but dropped price due to some...s**t happening wherever ?

When I was buying my AN1x it was a miracle I even found one. They were so 'hidden' somewhere out there and unexplored and thus resented (if something is unexplored and not popular, people are afraid of investing in it).

Today it's so f**k'n great, woohoo !!! :lol: :o :cheers: \:D/ :cyclopsani: :cyclopsani: :cyclopsani:

PS. take away 2 years from my "today". Here the trends show up and catch more or less with 2 year delay in relation to the "developed western societies". The things that are cool out there now, are gonna be cool and revered only after 2 years' time at my place.

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Post by gfriden » Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:23 pm

I keep thinking I should get one. The AN1x is the main reason why I did not by a REALLY cheap CS1x or a CS2x that were up for auction recently. So what's the difference between those two and the AN1x that says one shold get the latter before the two CS's? (To wit, why five stars to the AN and only four to the CS's?) Enlighten me please...
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Post by sonny1 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:08 pm

gfriden wrote:I keep thinking I should get one. The AN1x is the main reason why I did not by a REALLY cheap CS1x or a CS2x that were up for auction recently. So what's the difference between those two and the AN1x that says one shold get the latter before the two CS's? (To wit, why five stars to the AN and only four to the CS's?) Enlighten me please...
I played the CS in the stores when it was new....I dunno. it was a solid sounding synth with lots of pretty cool presets. I never owned one and unfortunately can't give a real life comparison, but I've read that one of the big differences is that the AN has a real time save. So you can record the knob twists that you make during session and recall them exactly as you played it the first time. I've not begun to venture into this aspect of the AN, if it's easy to do...(which most times Yamaha pulls thru with ease of use) It will be invaluable to me. I think I'm gonna be playing this little guy for years to come.
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Post by sonny1 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:12 pm

Zamise wrote:It is an easily overlooked yet great sounding performance synth, one I will not part with ever again if I don't have to. I recently posted a song in the Listening Lounge here featuring one of my favorite tweaked out patches and arped sequences from an AN1X. Check it out if you get time. Its much more capable than what I did too, my favorite VA/Analog Modeler. Reminds me, where has Elmo been lately?
I will do that riiiiiiight now. Thanks.
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