by Robin Vincent | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Yamaha AN-X ?

Yamaha AN-X ?  ·  Source: Yamaha Gearnews

Yamaha AN-X Trademark

Yamaha AN-X Trademark  ·  Source: Yamaha

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Yesterday Yamaha secured a trademark registration for “AN-X” as it pertains to Musical Instruments. Something new or an evolution of a classic 90s virtual analogue?

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AN1x

Well, of course, one immediately thinks of the Yamaha AN1x synthesizer. I think they called it “retro-analog” at the time, but we would call it virtual analogue and was Yamaha’s answer to the Roland JP-8000. It used DSP modelling to generate analogue-style waveforms and then gave you 10 notes of polyphony, 8 knobs for tweaking parameters and a pretty phenomenal arpeggiator.

Yamaha AN1x brochure

Yamaha AN1x brochure

Even though it was digital the AN1x was a proper synthesizer with the traditional VCO-VCF-VCA architecture. Some say it had a bit of Prophet-10 character in there which is interesting if you consider that the much-missed Dave Smith of Sequential worked for Yamaha and on the technology behind the AN1x.

AN-X

So if the AN-X was an evolution, why not call it the AN2x? While something along the lines of the AN1x seems likely there may be no connection at all. There was also the Yamaha AN200 groovebox based on the same technology and the guts of the AN1x turned up on the PLG150-AN plugin board for the CS6x.

Most intriguing.

Yamaha could do with another synthesizer adventure. The choice at the moment seems to be between the fun but limited reface mini keyboards and the huge and workstation like MODX and MONTAGE. Something fun and accessible in between that can compete with the Korg Modwave, ASM Hydrasynth or Modal Cobalt 8 would be awesome.

Anyway, according to the trademark report the Type states:

Musical instruments, namely, electronic musical keyboards, electronic pianos, music synthesizers.

So that’s very exciting. No product images or drawings are filed. All we have is the lettering.

Yamaha AN-X Trademark

Yamaha AN-X Trademark

What do you think? More news when we get it.

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3 responses to “New AN-X synth incoming from Yamaha?”

  1. matilda says:

    Pft

  2. iixorb says:

    I never ‘gelled’ with the AN1X. I bought one about 7 or 8 years ago but found its tiny screen (8 x 2 dot matrix I think) frustrating and its 10 note polyphony too limiting. Perhaps it was a ‘beast’ when it was first launched, but by the time I got hold of one, my VSTs were already leagues ahead. Sold it a year later. Might regret that one day!

    Back to the main topic though; perhaps AN-X is a combination of true ‘AN’alogue synthesis and good old FM (the ‘X’).

  3. J.S. says:

    It’s quite obviously a “synthesis engine”, much like the FM-X. Montage’s Tone Generator diagram indicated the possibility of adding more TG engines. I’d fully expect announcing a new Montage OS or an updated Montage model featuring this new engine.

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