Alesis Andromeda A6

Hello all. I’m just getting into programming for the One and after doing some basic programming for a couple of my Roland Boutiques, I’m wanting to dive into the monstrous project of programming some functionality for the A6. I’ve been collecting all of the documents and previous discussions on various forums. Does anyone else have an Andy they want to test out presets on?

I sold mine right after they discontinued it; I still regret it somewhat, but someone made me an offer I couldn’t refuse…

Mine was stolen from me a couple of years after it came out. I only recently reacquired one after trying (and failing) to make a polyphonic modular system. It’s sad that it was on the cusp of polyphonic aftertouch, MIDI CC, and other features that weren’t fully implemented that would make it a super versatile synth today. It’s super niche now, but not for everyone’s taste.

Funny you should mention polyphonic aftertouch; it was in the original spec, and I was the one who discovered and reported that it didn’t work. If it had, I would have never sold it. Lack of PolyAT response to MIDI is also why I have held off on the Moog One, three years now.

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I may be crazy but I thought a while ago I was reading someone online I think who mentioned a hack workaround if you sent different midi note message on separate channels. I has looked at getting a smart MIDI cable to maybe experiment with that, but never dug too deep in it.

No you are correct, a kludge of this nature was proposed and I believe someone got it to work. But I have several PolyAT controllers and preferred synths/VSTs that respond to it appropriately.

I have A6 :wink: what you want to do?

I also have an andromeda and can test, but may I ask why? It’s not that we don’t have enough knobs on the A6 :thinking::joy:

I can think of two reasons: 1) there is a fair amount of menu diving, so there may be an advantage there, 2) I remember my A6’s knobs getting a bit dodgy, if a knob fails it would be nice to have an alternative.

At one point someone was working on reverse engineering the firmware and possibly doing updates, but I haven’t heard anything recently. I do know from someone on the Alesis Development team that an 8-voice rack mount version of the Andromeda was planned, but unfortunately the ship sunk before anything became of it.

Marzzz is right. The main idea is to allow for someone with noisy pots to have a way to smoothly edit their patches. The specific use for me personally is that I’d like to remotely adjust patches without having to be directly in front of the A6.

I do wish Alesis has open sourced the firmware. It’s a bit frustrating that so many features that would solidify the Andromeda as a top-tier synth are locked away solely because the software wasn’t finished/corrected, instead of a hardware limitation.

I have an A6 and would love to test out a preset!

Wow! elite group of Andromeda owners :bowing_man:. One of my dream synths, although reading some comments here, looks like they missed out on the firmware department :slight_smile:.

The development team was solid (but small). It was just that Alesis filed for bankruptcy not that long after it came out and a 16-voice analog synth just wasn’t part of the business plan upon restructuring.


Well, they did continue to manufacture the Andromeda until 2010. But there were never any firmware updates after the initial introduction…

There were a couple of fw updates, the last one being a beta to fix sysex transfers