Akai AX-80 Synthesizer 1980s

Akai AX-80 Synthesizer 1980s

Very Good Condition


Akai AX-80 Synthesizer 

Year: 1980s

Origin: Japan

Power Requirements: Attached standard 120v power cable

Operational Condition: Fully-Functional although the digital meters (not the lcd screen) are a little funky. They work just do

Cosmetic Condition: Excellent with some light marks and other light signs of the unit’s age. This unit was well taken care of and it shows. 8.5 out of 10 condition.

Description from Vintage Synth Explorer:

The AX80 has the privilege of being the first pro-keyboard produced by Akai, released in 1984. It’s an eight-voice programmable analog synthesizer with a full 61-note keyboard and a series of techno-looking LCD bar-graph displays running across the top of the keyboard. Two analog oscillators per voice plus a sub oscillator provide the basis of its punchy analog sounds that can be described as similar to a  or Roland . Very good bass, brass, synth sounds, and effects are possible. However its strings are average at best.

The blue and orange florescent LCD displays use a simple and intuitive bar-graph format to show all its parameters and values, making for one of the best on-board displays ever! You have to wonder, however, with such a cool display, why couldn’t they have included dedicated sliders and knobs for each parameter (see the ). A decent amount of patch storage and nice enough sounds make the AX80 a useable synth to have around, but it probably won’t replace your Roland Juno. Other notable features of the AX80 include an angled rear panel for easy cable connections, chord memory, MIDI control, and pitch/mod wheels. It’s been used by Mark Bell (LFO) on Bjork’s Homogenic