Alesis Andromeda 61-Key Analog Synth  

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Believe the hype.

Real analog. Really intense.
The Ultimate Polyphonic Analog Synth
In a world filled with "almost-analog" and "sort-of-analog" synthesizers, Andromeda is the real deal: a high-performance instrument fueled by true analog synth technology. In a single, powerful package you'll find a huge range of tonal possibilities: searing leads, warm pads, fat bass lines, extreme sound effects and more. With Andromeda you can get all these sounds simultaneously, while enjoying the creative control to reach out, grab knobs and instantly reshape Andromeda's mind-blowing sonics.Real Analog Powerhouse
Andromeda's fully analog signal path is controlled by a high-speed Motorola Coldfire(TM) microprocessor, offering 16-voice polyphony with 16-part multitimbral capability. Andromeda features two analog oscillators per voice, with standard waveforms (available simultaneously), suboscillators, hard and soft sync, and more. It provides two analog filters per voice: these 2-pole (multimode) and 4-pole (lowpass) resonating filters are classically-derived designs, and offer you an astounding range of sonic variability.
Andromeda also provides external audio inputs that allow you to route any signal through its filters. Andromeda has three LFOs, each with six waveforms and many powerful features. It also has three 7-stage, 3-level envelopes capable of functions never before found in any analog synthesizer. An extensive mod matrix offers you enormous freedom in configuring Andromeda's sonic firepower, adding to its monstrous capabilities.In-Depth Control of Your Sound
Andromeda's 61-note synth-weighted keypad features velocity and aftertouch sensitivity, and its ribbon controller offers multiple, assignable functions. A distinctive, futuristic front panel features 72 knobs and 144 buttons (the majority are single function), optimally arranged for rapid-fire tweaking and in-depth experimentation. Andromeda's large, backlit LCD display provides real-world values of parameters (time, frequency, BPM, etc.) and high-resolution graphics. No other synth has ever offered such a sophisticated, informative control panel for creating analog pyrotechnics.Extensive Features
In addition to its real analog synth engine and hands-on interface, Andromeda provides a wide range of performance features, including multiple keyboard modes, portamento with nine slopes, and legato functions. For added grins, Andromeda provides a built-in arpeggiator and analog-style sequencer with MIDI sync, high quality digital effects (reverb, chorus, echo and more), and a nasty little analog distortion circuit. Internal program memory features 256 preset and 128 user-defined programs. Andromeda also offers a PCMCIA-format memory card slot for additional programs and mixes.A Pedal-To-The-Metal Creative Tool
Be warned: Andromeda is not for the faint-of-heart, and its beefy sound is highly addictive. But if you seek pure analog bliss, you'll find it here. With its authentic analog design, incredible responsiveness and uncompromising control, Andromeda is the perfect combination of brute power and sheer attitude.


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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Big and FAT, so how about that?


from Australia

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.

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