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AKAI Z4/8 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler Driver

Built-in sample rate converter on the digital input to eliminate rate-matching problems The Akai Professional Z4 and Z8 samplers are a completely new generation: up to eight real-time controllers and bit audio resolution with sample rates Each assignable Q-Link knob is capable of generating MIDI controller data. The Akai Z4 is the world's first 24bit/96kHz hardware based sampler. Designed for professional audio production, the Z series samplers offer all the advantages. The Akai SXL is a bit professional stereo digital sampler. The instrument has 32 polyphonic voices, and 2 MB of built-in RAM. When the SXL was.


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AKAI Z4/8 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler Driver

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AKAI Z4/8 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler Driver

Keeping It Real Time Thinking of analogue synths also conjures up fond memories of real-time tweakability well it does for me, because I don't have a very active social life and here too, AKAI Z4/8 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler Z8 has something new to offer, in the form of its Q-Link controls. A control can be assigned to either a specific part within a Multi or to the Multi as a whole, with the assignments being saved as part of the Multi data.

Setting up Q-Link parameters is a breeze — simply hit the dedicated Q-Link button and start assigning.

The knobs can then either be programmed in Replace mode — in which case the Q-Link values are absolute and ignore the parameter's original setting — or they can be set to Offset, in which case they are relative to the parameter's original setting. The Q-Link controls also transmit MIDI control messages assignable by the user so that tweaks can be recorded into a sequencer.

Sample-editing Functions Like most functions on the Z8, editing samples is straightforward and speedy thanks to a well-thought-out user interface which means that whatever you want is no more than three button-clicks away. The hi-res LCD means that precise editing of waveforms is relatively easy, and at all stages you can compare the edited AKAI Z4/8 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler original sound before committing to the edit.

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Sample-editing functions are divided into six categories: The new program features mean that each slice can be quickly assigned to a new key, which is useful when cutting rhythm loops into individual drum sounds. Conclusions Akai samplers are often referred to as workhorse machines — a description that accurately acknowledges their ubiquity in studios and many musicians' rigs.

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However, that label also carries a hint that while they may be regarded as solid, dependable and uncomplaining, they are perhaps also thought to be a little plodding, predictable and Certainly in the sampler sweepstakes, Emu have tended to been the bookies' odds-on favourites for the title of Samplers Most Likely to Yield Creative Results. The launch of the Z4 and Z8 undoubtedly closes this gap AKAI Z4/8 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler whether it's a perceived or actual gap is open to debate.

As you've read, Akai have expanded the options with filters and modulation: And the Q-Link controls are a simple practical addition that considerably expand the Z8 in terms of useability and performance control.

Personally I'd like to see Akai go further down this route, perhaps by providing further performance functions such as an arpeggiator or onboard phrase sequencer that could be used to generate loops for resampling. We shall see what the future brings.

In the meantime, while Akai may have fed their new models on steroids, they haven't lost sight of one of the main reasons why their predecessors have proved so popular — the fact that they AKAI Z4/8 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler pretty straightforward to use. The OS is fundamentally intuitive, functions are easy to access and program, and features such as Auto Sampling are genuinely useful. Mix this with the inherent power of these machines, and the only sensible conclusion is that the Z-series represents excellent value for money within the hardware sampler market.

Or perhaps I should qualify that, and say that the Z8 represents excellent value for money considering what you AKAI Z4/8 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler as standard — namely eight extra outs, digital connectivity and the effects board. Keeping It Real Time Thinking of analogue synths also conjures up fond memories of real-time tweakability well it does for me, because I don't have a very active social life and here too, the Z8 has something new to offer, in the form of its Q-Link controls.

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A control can be assigned to either a specific part within a Multi or to the Multi as a whole, with the assignments being saved as part of the Multi data. Setting up Q-Link parameters is a breeze — simply hit the dedicated Q-Link button and start assigning. The knobs can then either be programmed in Replace mode — in which case the Q-Link values are absolute and AKAI Z4/8 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler the parameter's original setting — or they can be set to Offset, in which case they are relative to the parameter's original setting.

The Q-Link controls also transmit MIDI control messages assignable by the user so that tweaks can be recorded into a sequencer.

Sample-editing Functions Like most functions on the Z8, editing samples is straightforward and speedy thanks to a well-thought-out user interface which means that whatever you want is no more than three button-clicks away. The hi-res LCD means that precise editing of waveforms is relatively easy, and at all stages you can compare the edited and original sound before committing to the edit. Sample-editing functions are divided into six categories: The new program features mean that each AKAI Z4/8 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler can be quickly assigned to a new key, which is useful when cutting rhythm loops into individual drum sounds.

Conclusions Akai AKAI Z4/8 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler are often referred to as workhorse machines — a description that accurately acknowledges their ubiquity in studios and many musicians' rigs. However, that label also carries a hint that while they may be regarded as solid, dependable and uncomplaining, they are perhaps also thought to be a little plodding, predictable and Certainly in the sampler sweepstakes, Emu have tended to been the bookies' odds-on favourites for the title of Samplers Most Likely to Yield Creative Results.

The launch of the Z4 and Z8 undoubtedly closes this gap though whether it's a perceived or actual gap is open to debate. As you've read, Akai have expanded the options with filters and modulation: And the Q-Link controls are a simple practical addition that considerably expand the Z8 in terms of useability and performance control.

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Personally I'd like to see Akai go further down this route, perhaps by providing further performance functions such as an arpeggiator or onboard phrase sequencer that could be used to generate loops for resampling. We shall see what the future brings.

In the meantime, while Akai may have fed their new models on steroids, they haven't lost sight of one of the main reasons why their predecessors have proved so popular — the fact that they are pretty straightforward to use. The OS is fundamentally intuitive, functions are easy to access and program, and features such as Auto Sampling are genuinely useful.

Mix this with the inherent power of these machines, and the only sensible conclusion is that the Z-series represents excellent value for money within the hardware sampler market. Or perhaps I should qualify that, and say that the Z8 represents excellent value for money considering what you get as standard — namely eight extra outs, digital connectivity AKAI Z4/8 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler the effects board.

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