Akai Professional Z8

Akai Professional Z8

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Z8, Sampler from Akai Professional.

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Akai Professional Z8 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Akai Professional
  • Model: Z8
  • Category: Samplers
  • Added in our database on: 04/01/2002

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Akai Professional Z8 user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 6 reviews )
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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Akai Professional Z8
Feature are missing a automatical High Quality Pitch when you use 1 sample to map to the keyboard . When youPlay the Sample 12 notes higher than the original pitch , the sound quality is not as good as when you manually raise the pitch in the sample editor on the Z8 . This might be normal , but an option to use high quality Pitch should be available (creating new samples probably) . Another thing thats missing is : "preview/EDIT Samples Direct From disk" , you have a 40GB Harddisk but need to load all samples to memory first . . . could be changed without much hassle i think .

Price paid: 1305 US$


User Manual is not detailed enough , just to get you started . User interface is highly dependable on the AK.SYS Software , this makes it a lot easier t use , without the PC integration i would not have bought this .


Sound quality is OK , a little thin (but i was warned about that) , only i think the output level is no high enough when you want no distortion . The analogue outputs need at least -24 set in the output level to prevent distortion when playing multiple samples . (Digital out : -12db). Effect are simply NOT GOOD


Buttons are intended for HOME studio use , not even a big studio that has a lot of different people using the device.

I like it OK , i think it is more fun to use than a Software Sampler i used . I'm pretty happy with it .

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 3-, 2004)

hagaha's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai Professional Z8
Hi matos..j the experts amis..les really want to buy a real sampler I follow a few here and ailleurrs., Atire by Akai s6000 j and lately has tried a Z8.la issue this is after what diference between an Akai s6000 and Z8? of course there as the price e and more ergonomic and options. that would be your choice between the 2 machines currently Watchlist so should buy this type of engine aujourdui? Sincerely yours .and thank you for your advice. Hagaha


The edition of sound effects or is it easy?


- Is the dynamic respect ...?


- With the exprience, you do again this choice ...?

TuXi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai Professional Z8
What can I say except that c is the top of the hardware sampler

the possibility of routing the different parts of the sound is powerful enough

poliphonie normal

the effects are not too bad for mono against four simultaneous effects through c for all tracks

qq bugs remain in the bone and 1.45 JesperE a patch that is delayed

The question that comes Souvant c he's more than the Z4, the effects bin, the digital map (wordclok..)
stain the facade that I find really convenient and 8 pots facade also very practical


Tj handling not as obvious but c all, without reading the manual you can make you shit a long time to find the right option

the edition of its clear but when even a minor complaint at the jog and the edition of the loop regions and it would turn on the jog + shift to move faster while it is only necessary to turn the jog very very long time

sufficient but the manual could have put the example of creation because of its effect lfo routing cut and another envelope for me is not easy to use.

edition of the effect is simple but big c default the output volume effects, there's something wrong with the design of this part (well for me)


Ben must see what you put into it, otherwise c top. c not too made of metal, ca when ca pette Pette and must sleep qaund ca ca has to sleep (like us)


6 months of use

still improvements to be made on the bone

still slow loading sounds, they would face in sth like a rom flash ca
(Yes I know an expander)

value for taking, well I got this Z8HD a Euro 1290 but now the price has increased
but it is reasonable

from the soft c hard to say, the are very soft but with very good stuff behind if they are rotten.

when the hardware remains a dedicated and c what I'm looking first and feet with a sampler not need a powerful PC for a sequencer amiga (nostalige) or a 386 might be enough

one last thing the expander c well because the sounds are all loaded in a sampler c demarage but better because you can put more sounds expander a t you in ))))))))

picolo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai Professional Z8
By RAM count against high doses sories spares and internal hard drive, you can imagine the bill.
A little more polyphony would not hurt!


The use is not very easy, not that complicated but there are so many possibilities that you know what to touch even for programs with multi ya x x and each keygroup keygroup are still April 1 samples assigned four zones, with this 2 lfo keygroup by a filter. So a deal for keygroup 8 8 * 2 config paramtrables lfo free (well, not the summons) and 8 filters Different. Oh yes I forget the envelopes (ADSR or otherwise) for each course diffrent keygroup ...
In addition to the same can be said rglages several places like the pitch in the program, or in the multi zone, similar to the volume,
everything is sr leaves complete freedom to configure the machine as in our dreams, but we all know we must let our fantasies ds time where they are.
I stop No we will say that we are never happy, it's clear it's great but need to navigate and not get confused, otherwise it is total freedom.

Good management of the hard drive is really rotten, the OS is waiting I'm tired, you can do anything and it's long! it's her fault if I put 9.


Effect may! but you know now. And especially the outputs spares, it is essential to route them out hand.
Otherwise a ds will share time on a certain config rsonnance dsagrable filter, must be they call a cold ...


It is clear that this is an excellent sampler for hard against the effects shabby and the warmth of its external medium but can be arranged.
Despite its default, I Rasht z without my little problem, but j'espre that the bone will come soon I am impatient.

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