• An interesting 2 VCO synthesizer, very versatile but especially great for 8 bit sounding patches. Akai originally intended it to compete with the Juno 106, but I feel it’s far better then just a Juno clone, and it sounds rather different. Fun addition is that it has a filter input, originally designed to use with older akai samplers, making use of a 16(?) pin DIN cable. It comes with a far better interface than the AX-73, but it does make me rather curious of the AX-80. So erm... if you are selling one, you do know where to find me! Edit: my dear friend Legowelt knew where to find me and is sold me his!more
Very few people seem to know that Akai made some pretty excellent synths back in the day, and not just samplers and MPCs. They didn't produce many, which makes them rare; and they don't have the status of competitors like the Roland Junos, which makes them affordable. If you find one, definitely take a look. What you'll find is a 6 voice analog poly synth with actual VCOs, lots of sliders, and arpeggiator and built-in chorus, basic MIDI capabilities and some pretty unique features. You can "split" two separate patches on the keyboard, and old Akai samplers (such as the s612) can be patched in to use as an additional oscillator. The sound is a bit more cutting than a Juno, closer to the sound of something like a Sequential Prophet 600 or Six Trax. You can make pads with it, but the synth shines in leads and weird effects, and can sound huge when all six voices are stacked in unison mode. Well worth searching out, and you can likely find one for under $500.