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Akai AX60

AX60 (image courtesy of AkaiPro)

Released: 1985

MSRP: $895


Compensates for its single oscillator with chorus and unison mode. Replaces AX80 bar graph displays with dedicated sliders, osc crossmod with filter mod, chord memory with arpeggiator. Adds unison mode, external sampler audio input, waveforms, split. Architecture Class: Conventional (subtractive).

Ebay Description:

The Akai AX60 is a 61 key (velocity sensitive), 6 voice, bitimbral analog synthesizer, featuring resonant low (24dB CEM) and high pass filters, dual envelopes, LFO, chorus, arpeggiator, and MIDI.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
61 keys W:1000mm H:110mm D:346mm 11kg VCF:13P DIN (S612) stereo MIDI: IN OUT THRU Tape: IN OUT no no sustain arpeggiator sync wired


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
none 8 64 tape no dedicated sliders LED display


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
2 (split) 6 yes VCO->VCF->HPF->VCA


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
chorus no EG2 LFO Velocity yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
yes yes no N/A N/A Pitch-Wheel Mod-Wheel no


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
no no MIDI pedal 1 1


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
VCO analog 2-32′ no PWM:LFO (dedicated) EG1 LFO Pitch-Wheel no
Noise analog - no no no no
External analog external - no no no no


Name Signal Class IC Resonant Shape Frequency Modulator Resonance Modulator Shape Modulator
VCF analog CEM3394 yes 24dB low pass EG1 Key LFO Velocity Pitch_Bend VCO no no
HPF analog CEM3394 no high pass no no no


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
EG1 sustain attack decay release no VCF key no no
EG2 sustain attack decay release no no key no no


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
LFO Up Saw Down Saw Square Triangle Random yes no no no Mod-Wheel no
Conventional Models
AX80 AX60 AX73 VX90 VX600