The Alesis Andromeda A6 synthesizer is a 16-voice true analog synthesizer, first introduced in 2001. Though no longer in production, it’s regarded by many as a modern classic and one of the most powerful analog synths ever designed.
- Andromeda’s fully analog signal path is controlled by a high-speed Motorola Coldfire microprocessor, offering 16-voice polyphony with 16-part multitimbral capability.
- Andromeda features two analog oscillators per voice, with standard waveforms (available simultaneously), suboscillators, hard and soft sync, and more.
- It provides two analog filters per voice: these 2-pole (multimode) and 4-pole (lowpass) resonating filters are classically-derived designs, and offer you an astounding range of sonic variability.
- Andromeda also provides external audio inputs that allow you to route any signal through its filters.
- Andromeda has three LFOs, each with six waveforms and many powerful features.
- It also has three 7-stage, 3-level envelopes capable of functions never before found in any analog synthesizer.
- An extensive mod matrix offers you an enormous freedom in configuring Andromeda’s sonic firepower, adding to its monstrous capabilities.
- Andromeda’s 61-note synth-weighted keypad features velocity and aftertouch sensitivity, and its ribbon controlled offers multiple, assignable functions.
- The front panel features 72 knobs and 114 buttons (the majority are single function), arranged for rapid tweaking and experimentation.
- Andromeda’s backlit LCD display provides values of parameters (time, frequency, BPM, etc.) and high-resolution graphics.
The Andromeda A6 initially sold for around $2,500 and it has kept its value on the used market.
The above video is Alesis’ official introductory video for the Andromeda A6 from 2001.
About his review of the Alesis Andromeda A6, SOS’s Gordon Reid said:
That the Andromeda is a powerful, meaty synth is obvious. Indeed, I suspect that it’s the closest thing there’s ever been to an analogue workstation. But most people who love it will do so for its ‘American’ sound which can range from warm to harsh, fat to thin, squelchy to digital, as you desire. Alesis’ ASIC technology has produced an instrument with its own character, and that’s no bad thing at all.
In that light, the Andromeda earns a significant ‘thumbs-up’. It’s all-but complete, it didn’t crash once, and it sounds great. On that basis, you should certainly try it. But a word of warning… don’t base your views on the factory sounds. Delve deeper, and don’t stop at a bit of gratuitous knob twiddling on the control panel. Get into those menus.
For more on the Andromeda, see this Alesis Andromeda A6 video review.