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AKAI AX80 - programmable polyphonic synthesizer (1984)

 


Analog synthesizer from the mid-eighties produced by the famous sampler company

ax80 display

ax80 display

info KEYBOARD (weight: 18 kg) 61 keys with basic action velocity system.
The main panel offers 56 buttons, 4 knobs, a large rotary encoder for values enter. All parameters values are displayed on a special glowing bars display incredibly cool eyes-candy device.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- mono out
- headphones
- Midi and
- tape interface, a
- sustain pedalswitch input
- program change pedalswitch input


edit VOICE the synth manages 8 voices based on subtractive synthesis.
Each voice is composed by 2 DCO oscillators + 1 sub oscillator.
TECH: sub features a PWM linked to DCO1 PWM values.

oscillator DCO1 DCO2
octave range 16' 8' 4' 16' 8' 4' 2'
waveforms saw / pulse / saw+ pulse mix saw / pulse / saw+ pulse mix
detune no yes
PWM yes no
sub oscillator yes (1 octave lower) no
mix volume yes yes

dco
dco data

adsr CROSSMODULATION the DCO can be synched in 2 different ways:
- soft sync mode
- hard sync mode


adsr ENVELOPE
there are 2 EG in total and both are 4 stages ADSR:
- EG1: amplitude for both DCO.
- EG2: filter (lowpass)
The Keyfollower function is pretty brilliant for its age and features 99 different levels.


filter
FILTER
features 2 mode filters:
- lowpass at 4 poles based on excellent CEM 3372
- static highpass
The Key follow function tracks the cutoff notes with variable range from 0 to 150%.

cem curtis 3372

filter data

lfo LFO there are 3 modulators in total sharing same frequency (range from 0.1 to 20 Hz):
- OSC1 pitch
- OSC2 pitch
- VCF

Each modulator offers 4 waveforms (saw up, saw down, triangle and a pulse) and a delay time function.
TECH: modulation wheel triggers LFO using either MWHEEL OSC or MWHEEL VCF.


lfo
MIDI
basic implementation: pitch bender, modulation, sustain hold, key velocity and program change.

memroy MEMORY holds:
- 32 ROM preset
- 64 RAM slots
Sounds can be saved only using tape interface.
TECH: internal RAM system uses a BR-2330 lithium battery, soldering skills are needed for replacement

lithium battery

midi MAINTENANCE keyboard panel part lacks a good spacer system, in fact, after many presses, underneath contacts may break.

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WISEMAN SAYS:

Unlike the others AX-VX series machines, the Ax80 does not feature the VOICE IN connector that processes signal from hardware samplers like S900.

 

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Roland Juno-60

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akai ax80 side view ax80 behind view synthesizer


manual

- filter
- cool display
-Midi


manual

- tape storage
- weight
- lacks portamento and unison


comment


"Really different and more harsh than Roland! analog pads and sweeps are just great. Really underrated."



 

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