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Akai AX-80

 

 

 

akai ax-80 synthesizer

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AKAI AX-80
Programmable Polyphonic Synthesizer (1984)

 


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

ax80 display

tech data

info KEYBOARD (weight: 18 kg) 61 velocity keys. Main panel offers 56 buttons, 4 knobs, a large rotary encoder for values enter. All parameters values are displayed on a special glowing bars fluorescent display : very eyes-candy effect!

Back panel terminal connectors:
- mono out
- headphones
- Midi interface
- tape interface
- 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 which features a variable pulse width linked to DCO1 value.



dco


  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
Pulse Width yes no
Sub oscillator yes (1 octave lower) no
Mix volume yes yes



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


dco
dco data


adsr ENVELOPE
there are 2 EGs both are 4-stages ADSR:
- EG1: amplitude for both DCO
- EG2: filter (only lowpass)
The keyfollower function features 99 different scaling levels.



filter
FILTER
features 2 mode filters:
- lowpass at 4 poles also based on 8 CEM 3372 (the IC act also as EG)
- static highpass
The Key follow function tracks the cutoff notes with variable range from 0 to 150%.


cem curtis 3372filter data
lfo LFO there are 3 delayed modulators (shapes: saw up, saw down, triangle and pulse) sharing same frequency (relative range from 0.1 to 20 Hz):
- OSC1 pitch
- OSC2 pitch
- filter VCF cutoff
the modulation wheel triggers the LFO using either MWHEEL OSC or MWHEEL VCF.



lfo
MIDI quite
basic implementation:
- pitch bender
- modulation
- sustain
- key velocity
- program change


memroy MEMORY holds:
- 32 ROM preset
- 64 RAM slots
Sounds can be saved only using tape interface.
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: that's usually the most common repair.


inside the akai ax80

 

memroy RELATED AX / VX MODELS:

AKAI AX-60

AKAI AX-60 (1986)

6 voice 6 1keys synth, 6 VCO oscillators
AX 80 vs 60:
2 DCO per voice / 1 VCO
8 voice / 6 voice
no arpeggiator / arpeggiator
VIDEO

akai ax73

AKAI AX-73 (1986)

6 voices 73 keys synth also 6 oscillators. The rackmount version is the VX-90. VIDEO

vx600

AKAI VX-600 (1988)

6 voices, 37 keys, 6 oscillators. VIDEO

 

effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION free and commercial samples set:

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EFM Oddse nothing! Sadly there is no reliable sample sources nor VST plugin. We will make some free Ax80 sounds soon or later.
In the meantime if you want to share some WRITE US
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demoAUDIO DEMO

demo Les chants fields with Korg KR-55
demo Blu monday with Roland JV-1080
demo Commercial with Roland TR-606
demo filter sweep
demo bassliner
demo commercial dope
demo LFO
demo resonance
demo filter noise pad
demo Tb-303
demo sounds like additive synthesis
demo soft pad
demo LFO2
demo brass modulation
demo cutoff EG
demo analog atmosphere
demo future brasses
demo DCO detune
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manual
AKAI AX80 USER MANUAL

 




manual

SERVICE MANUAL / SCHEMATICS

 

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Unlike the others AX-VX series machines, the Ax80 does not feature the VOICE IN connector that processes signal from hardware samplers like S-900.

 

 

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manual

- filter
- cool display
-Midi

manual

- tape storage
- weight
- lacks portamento and unison


comment


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

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