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chilom 01/10/2006

Akai Professional Z-4 : chilom's user review


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Value For Money : Excellent
- What is polyphony?

64 polyphonic

- What converter?

24 bit, 16 bit 44.1, 48 and 96 khz

- What effect?

thirty with the card EB4Js effects, the traditional tools of samplers namely envelopes (3) ADSR (attack delay sustain release) lfo (2), filters (2 * 3 (high pass low, medium))

- How much memory as standard? maximum?

16 min, 512 max, I have 272, no problem of saturation in memory.

- What connection (Audio, MIDI, digital ...)?

8 separate output (map opt), if not two mono jack inputs 2 outputs mono jack, USB connection, optical output (map opt.)

- Is there an editing utility for Mac / PC?

Aksys yes, you can either go through it, or use the machine directly interface faithful and very practical. avoids putting an internal hard drive, the USB connection is sufficient. USB master and slave (ie usb mass support)

as mentioned above, a very complete sampler in terms of performance. check the manual akai home to reassure you before purchasing: http://www.akaipro.com/documents/Z48/Z48om.zip


- The general configuration is it simple?

it takes a few days to take control of how it works, but yes c is relatively easy. (and I am a humble beginner ..)

- Publishing of sound effects or is it easy?

yes, as mentioned above, be sure to use small programs (noise) if the saturation is near. if quality is sufficient for my needs. If a need for power in the effects is necessary, abondonner The idea of ​​the card, and invest dan sun effects processors.

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

so c is written for once, and few errors but much less comprehensive than the old Doc akai which explained the envelloppes and a whole lot of musical definitions. do not hesitate to download them (I think the manual s3000xl)


- The A / D and D / A are transparent?

yes really transparent to the coup.

- Effects and filters are effective?

yes and some color noise, with regret, but according to the musical style that proves to be more (or configuration).

- The dynamics are respected? ...

clearly yes.


- How long have you use it?
1 year and a half
- What is so special that you like most and least?
easy to use, good sound quality, power.
4 are the qfx suffisant.je reproach him
- Have you tried many other models before buying it?
of other models of the same brand. in time and at the cost of acquisition was not procrastinate (600 euro)
- How would you rate the quality / price?
excellent for the coup.
- With experience, you do again this choice? ...