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Akai AX80

AX80 (image courtesy of AkaiPro)

Released: 1984

MSRP: $1395


Akai’s first synth, with features similar to Roland’s Juno and JX lines (e.g. sub oscillator, dual oscillator with both low and high pass filters). The AX80 also has a bar graph display for each of the parameters. Architecture Class: Conventional (subtractive).

Ebay Description:

The Akai AX80 is a 61 key (velocity sensitive), 8 voice analog synthesizer, featuring dual oscillators (with sub), resonant low (24dB CEM) and high pass filters, dual envelopes, 3 LFOs, chord memory, and MIDI.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
61 keys W:1018mm H:102mm D:392mm W:40.1in H:4in D:25.4in 15.2kg 33.4lbs no mono MIDI: IN OUT THRU Tape: IN OUT no no sustain increment pedal wired


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
none no RAM:64 ROM:32 tape no dedicated buttons LED displays


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
no 8 no DCO1+DCO2->VCF->HPF->VCA


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
no no EG Key Velocity yes


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


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


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
DCO1 digital 4-16′ mix: Key Velocity PWM:LFO(dedicated) EG LFO1 Pitch-Wheel no
DCO2 digital Pulse Saw Sub 2-16′ no FM:DCO1 EG LFO2 Pitch-Wheel no


Name Signal Class IC Resonant Shape Frequency Modulator Resonance Modulator Shape Modulator
VCF analog CEM3372 yes 24dB low pass LFO3 no no
HPF analog CEM3372 no high pass no no no


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


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
LFO1 Up Saw Down Saw Square Triangle yes no no no Mod-Wheel no
LFO2 Up Saw Down Saw Square Triangle yes no no no Mod-Wheel no
LFO3 Up Saw Down Saw Square Triangle yes no no no Mod-Wheel no
Conventional Models
AX80 AX60 AX73 VX90 VX600