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Akai AX-60
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Submitted: May 20th, 2003
by Anonymous Reviewer
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Sound Quality
gut ripping squeels & growels is what sets this synth apart from the other synths of this era. People seem to have this notion that it's simmilar to Roland's Juno-106... ITS NOT. The 106 is much cleaner sounding, and has a far less sonic capability. the range of sounds this synth produces is amazing. Exellent for really evil distorted expirimental music, industrial, and even harder forms of electronica. It makes one-of-a-kind screaming/groweling distorto noise, Nice deeeep bass's, ripping leads... If you want a Pad synth or nice mellow sound go for the juno-106 tho, because this beast is much ruffer. But much more original too.
Reliability/Durability
Very sturdy metal case. Its built pretty tuff and weighs a TON! I would have preferred knobs over sliders (for dirty contact reasons), and because of its age, most of them need a good cleaning/internal battery replacement/etc...
Price/Value
General Comments
This was my 1st synth i got when i was 14 years old back in '89. i got 2 more of em in the late 90's, so having (had) three of em, i have a pretty good idea what their all about. And i would DEFINATLY buy another one!! NO other synth on earth has the same character and sound this synth has, im not saying its the greatest synth, im just saying its an exelent very original sounding synth.. I guess it's only realy comparison is the: Akai AX-73 (lacks all the parameter controllers that makes analog soo fun, has DCO's not VCO's), Akai VX series (also lacks the sliders and DCO based) Roland Juno-106 (same general lay-out many same parameters, but wimpyer sounding, and DCO) But like i said, this is a one-of-a-kind beast!
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