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AKAI AX-80 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 velocity keys,
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 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 PWM linked to DCO1 PWM values.


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
PWM yes no
sub oscillator yes (1 octave lower) no
mix volume yes yes




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


dco
dco data


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 features 99 different scaling levels.



filter
FILTER
features 2 mode filters:
- lowpass at 4 poles also based on 8 excellent CEM 3372 (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 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. Note that the modulation wheel triggers the LFO using either MWHEEL OSC or MWHEEL VCF.



lfo
MIDI
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.


inside the akai ax80

demoAUDIO DEMO

audio demo


demo 1 - les chants fields with Korg KR-55
   
demo 2 - Blu lunedì with Roland JV-1080
   
demo 3- Commercial with Roland TR-606
   
demo 4- filter



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manual
AKAI AX80 MANUAL

 

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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 S-900.

 

 

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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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Akai ax80 4.5 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. price €100