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Audiofanzine FR 11/02/2008

Akai DR4d : Audiofanzine FR's user review


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(Originally written by elriton/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

Analog connection: TS jack
Digital connection (SPDIF): RCA or XLR

32/44.1/48 KHz sample rate with linear 16-bit resolution

Internal or external SCSI hard drive recording

Synchronization: Proprietary Akai, MIDI and SMPTE (extension card)

Recording: 4 analog tracks
3 digital tracks (4 with additional AD card)


Direct-to-Disk system with real musical approach (editing and copy/paste facilities).
You'll be able to start working with it after only half an hour.

Comprehensive and clear user's manual.


Awesome AD/DA converters!
Exceptional audio dynamics for its time. The DR4 ousted the last Revox from recording studios.

I regret that the unit has no anti-aliasing system and no band speed selector.


I bought it in 1994. I'm using it with a Sony 60ES DAT for backups, copying and mastering.

Pros: AD/DA converters and ease of use
Cons: No anti-aliasing.

Pay attention to the different versions:
DR4d version 2: No ping pong
DR4d version 3: With ping-pong
DR4d version 4 or DR4vr: 256 virtual tracks but no ping pong.

I personally prefer version 3. Version 4 has too many virtual tracks that you have to manage with a pen in your hand... it's a good memory exercise!! Version 2 is too restrictive.

It's a standard.