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Akai AX-80

 

 

 

akai ax-80 synthesizer

audio demo Country: Japan
Weight: 18 kg
Dimensions: n/a
audio demo trend price : 1000€
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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 61 velocity keys.
Main panel features 56 buttons, 4 knobs, a large rotary encoder for values enter. All parameters values are displayed on a special glowing bars fluorescent display.


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 polyphony based on subtractive synthesis.
STRUCTURE: each voice is composed by 2 DCO oscillators + 1 sub oscillator which features a variable pulse width linked to DCO1 value.



dco

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.

cross





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


cem curtis 3372

 


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.


EG

 



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).
Destinations are:
- OSC1 pitch
- OSC2 pitch
- filter VCF cutoff.
the modulation wheel triggers the LFO using either MWHEEL OSC or MWHEEL VCF.


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



memroy
MEMORY
:
- 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


motherboard

 

 


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:

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AX 80 vs 60:
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8 voice / 6 voice
no arpeggiator / arpeggiator
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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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demo Pad: slow demo XP: FILTER HPF

 

 

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manual
AKAI AX80 MANUAL

 

 

 




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AX80 SERVICE MANUAL


 

 

 

edit


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

 

 

 

 

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manual

- filter
- cool display
-Midi

manual

- tape storage
- edit
- lacks portamento and unison


comment


REVIEW "Good all around polysynth, with a one of a kind display! however edit system and no exclusives system may really slow downl sounds creation"

 
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