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Akai Professional AX80 Programmable Polyphonic Synthesizer

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    Akai launched the AX80 Programmable Polyphonic Synthesizer in 1984. It features 8 voices with two oscillators per voice with sawtooth or square waveforms that can be played up to 4 octaves semitones apart.

    The instrument only has1 data entry knob for editing parameters that you select from various buttons across the front panel. There are also 5 fluorescent screens that indicate where you are in the editing process.

    The back panel also was remarkable for it's downward slant and welcome set of optional features. The AX80 was initially envisioned as part of a larger music system for the studio that Akai also included their samplers being part of it. The AX80 began the first of instruments to feature built in dedicated inputs for using the S612, S700, MG1212 Recorder, or, MR16 Drum Machine.

    The unit has 61 keys and velocity sensitivity. The case is plastic with Tolex covering the end caps.
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: Saw Down, Saw Up, Square, Sub Oscillator
    Osc Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pitch Wheel, Velocity
    Envelopes: 8
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters: 1
    Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Velocity
    LFO: 4
    LFO Parameters: Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 8
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Patches RAM: 32
    Patches ROM: 32
    Storage: Internal, 6
    Editing: DIN, MIDI
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 61 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
    Controls: Velocity, Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Volume
    Display Type: Vacuum Fluorescent
    Display Notes: Graphical view of waveforms and envelope settings plus more
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 1,018 W x102 H x D 392 mm
    Weight: 15.2 kg
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Mono Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 2
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    CV Ports: DIN
    Year Released: 1984
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] www.akaipro.com
    [+] en.wikipedia.org
    MSRP List Price: $1,199 - convert
    Used Price: $600-$800 - convert
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