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Akai AX-80
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Submitted: May 23rd, 2007
by DAVE-w4ktl
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Sound Quality
I have a Juno2, juno 106, and a oberheim matrix 6, all those are "warm" sounding synths. but the AX80 sounds like a its waveforms are made of barbed wires, yea it can sound gritty and just downright nasty. thats what i love about it. it has an aggresive quality about it. it mean.
Reliability/Durability
well, the buttons fail, but thats an easy fix if you are handy with a soldeing tool. and the filter chips can go dead on it. when this happens you will get no sound from random keys on the board. the actual voice is usully fine. its the cem3372 vcf/vca chip that blows and silences the voice. luckily akai thought ahead and made the cem3372's socketed making replacement a snap.
Price/Value
General Comments
if it was stolen i would cry nonstop for days and day... this thing sounds so raw i dont think i would ever find anything to replace it. the presets are gay.
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