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The searing leads, warm pads, fat basses, and extreme effects of real analog!
The Alesis Andromeda is a 16-voice, 16-channel multitimbral analog synth with all the controls you need to creatively shape its mind-blowing sonics. The fully analog signal path is controlled by a high-speed Motorola Coldfire microprocessor, and has 2 analog oscillators and 2 filters per voice. Available waveforms are sine, triangle, square, up saw, and down saw. External audio inputs allow routing of outside signals through its filters. Also features 3 - 7-stage, 3-level envelopes capable of functions never before found in any analog synth. An extensive mod matrix offers enormous freedom in configuring, while its front panel gives you 72 knobs and 144 buttons for rapid-fire sound tweaking. The 61-note, synth-weighted keyboard features velocity and aftertouch sensitivity. Performance features include portamento with 9 slopes, legato functions, an arpeggiator and analog sequencer with MIDI sync, high-quality digital effects, and a nasty analog distortion circuit. Internal program memory on this Alesis keyboard features 256 presets and 128 user-defined sets, plus a PCMCIA-format memory card slot for additional programs and mixes.
Andromeda 61-Key Analog Synth Specifications:
- Audio Inputs: Two 1/4" jacks
- Audio Outputs: 16 mono outputs, one for each of 16 voices (eight 1/4" TRS jacks)
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 40.1" x 4.8" x 16.1" (1019mm x 122mm x 409mm)
- External Audio Filter Inputs: Three 1/4" jacks - one each for Voices 1-16, Voice 15, and Voice 16
- Filters: resonating filter per voice, 4-pole lowpass resonating filter per voice
- Memory Card Slot: PCMCIA-format
- MIDI Connections: MIDI In, Out, Thru
- Mix Memory: 128 user-defined
- Oscillators: 2 oscillators (with subs) per voice, 5 waveforms available (sine, triangle, square, up saw, down saw) 32 total -- 2-pole multimode
- Pedal Jacks: Pedal/CV, Switch and Sustain -- each with dedicated 1/4" jack
- Polyphony: 16-voice, 16-channel multitimbral
- Power: 100-230 VAC, 50/60 Hz 30W
- Program Memory: 256 preset and 128 user-defined
- Synthesis Method: Real analog subtractive
- Weight: 47lbs. (21 kg)
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I have been looking for a synth for literally years but nothing really jumped out and grabbed me. I really like the Q and the Virus, they're 2nd on my list and I came close to getting one of those, but when I finally got to play with an A6 I fell for it instantly. In minutes, I was making it do things that took me hours to do in front of a Q. The interface is so beautiful, with so many knobs it's maybe a little intimidating at first, but actually couldn't be simpler to use. Once you go through what each "module" is/does (LFO, OSC, PRE MIX, FILTER, POST MIX and ENVELOPE) that's all there is to it, it is really simple. The most important settings have a dedicated knob or button, that means there's no scrolling through menus to find the parameter you want to edit, just turn the knob, it's awesome fun and very good for live application. And if you dig analogue you probably already know 80% of what you need to know already anyway. But if you want hardcore, there is also a VERY comprehensive Mod Matrix for the REAL studio programming buffs. I'm also using it as a midi master controller, I threw my old cheapo midi keyboard in the bin! All those beautiful knobs transmit midi AND that big fat ribbon on the front does too and it's THE best tool for filter sweeps ever invented! All THAT and I haven't even mentioned the sound! You have to hear it to believe it. Words don't do this justice. My friends are asking me what I've done recently to make my music sound so great.