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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Akai DR4
You can record 4 tracks, during the capacity of your hard drive sync Midi, MTC or Time Code with your computer or any else machine you can make loops, copy, delete, and many function like a sequencer with the audio tracks recorded

Price paid: $500 (second hand)


Not really easy to use, before to read the manuals, but after , no problems user inteface is like a 'normal tape recorder'

nice stuff! never had a problem


Sound is really great; it's "only " a 16 bits sound, but really better than some usual 24 bits


Great great great.....

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Posted by: Unknown (January 0-, 2002)

Vt678828's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Sturdy, reliable, very good"

Akai DR4
Write a review about a machine as old, it is useful? For fans secondhand perhaps?

Well, those old DR4 was (and it is) good at all.
This is only a recorder, it does nothing else (no effects, no mixing, gadget zero) but it does really well.
And yet, not 96kHz 32 bit or on the horizon, only 48kHz / 16 bit but it sounds ten times better than some machines which display (on paper) of outlandish figures. It is clear, the converters of DR4 is not broltech.

Likely that the technology is outdated and they do much better today, not prevent, I'm in no hurry to get rid of this damn good old machine. ;-)
Especially as build quality issue, it is rather strong. Purchased in 1996 (secondhand), built in 1993 I believe, never had any problems.

One caveat, however: the internal hard drive is noisy. But hey, it's still running the original. Not bad for a hard disk of 20 years, right?


Using fairly simple once you bother to zieuter the user manual.


Again, excellent converters.


I use this machine since 1996. He's a friend (competent) who had advised me at the time and I thank him still, although of course, I no longer use it occasionally DR4. We now strings of tracks available in any prog, DR4 dates from another era. But it can still be quite useful in certain situations.