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Aerodrink 09/30/2009

Akai Professional Z8 : Aerodrink's user review

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Ledernier samplers Aka, a BCAN starting date but still usable.

Strengths:

- The size of the RAM (512MB max, I think with such a vital BCAN and considering the price).
For someone who has long dclencher samples (on scne for example) or work in massively multi-timbral (32 MIDI channels on) is the IDAL. Then if one intends to use his sampler like an expander, you must know that even sound modules the latest issue n'embarquent not often such an amount in their poor little expander ROMs! For a 500 rating in BCAN that occasion, is worth looking beyond your disposal if you have samples of the CDs that go far - and there are plthore.

- The number of samples loadable simultanment:
Program is a maximum of 4 keygroups 128 samples or 512 samples
Max is a 32 multi programs
So if the total size of all samplesde programmesn'excde not 512Mb, you can have
512 x 32 = 16,384 samples! (512 Mb for samples made of 32Kb on average, not bad!)

- Reading 24-bit (I think the only reach that figure with a real sampler architecture derrire)
- Hard drive visible from the PC via Ak.sys, wavs transfer in both directions directly from the mouse
- Maximum size of hard drive found: 137 Gb is not bad?
- Trs silent machine with a 2.5 "hard drive adapter and 3.5" -> 2.5 "is going well. It's a bit longer to load large multis, but you can hear the sampler
- Detachable faade a bit cheap but when even very practical, especially with an extension cord beeeeelle

Weaknesses:

- Effects. Really, Seith, I DSOL not to go in your direction, but the me who possde also an E-Mu E6400 Ultra and RFX-32 card in my case it's really the opposite view ... the effects of the Z8 is a bland, compared those of RFX (which is becoming increasingly rare, it must be admitted, and Christian in time, then). The rfx working 32-bit (against 24 on the Z8) and offers 12 bus with 6 slots for inserts in each bus! Compared to the poor effects of block 2 Z8 ... and quality is the day and night (effects algorithms in common with the Ensoniq DP-4 for those who know - yes, E-Mu / Ensoniq c'tait the box the same era; what a shame that Creative has ratchet E-Mu).

It is possible, consider a combo against the death using the output of ADAT Z8 (optional) enter a true multi purpose hardware type Eventide Eclipse (between ADAT ncessaire). Personally if I want real effects, I use the ADAT input of my E-Mu to route the sound to the Z8 rfx

Finally the comparison between the Z8 and the e6400, I find the engine synthse modulation matrices and more shoots on the e6400. As against the Z8 is a multitimbral monster and it is true that colors the sound less than the Emu. But what I love, me, the color of the E-Mu, even in 16 bits!

Finally, the Z8 is a good trs BCAN for lots of uses. In my case I use orchestral library as big as these sounds ncessitent little effect, and as multitimbral use, an orchestra, has held

In contrast, all my other sounds (especially pianos, electric pianos - rhodes, clavinet, wurlitzer, B3 etc. - and vintage synths alls are directly join the E-Mu and RFX-32, with which they are compared to the havoc Z8)

Finally, if you want to easily swing the wavs from your PC to the sampler, the Z8 is the most powerful sampler that allows this easily. With E-Mu is a bit more head-taking (unless you buy ZoeOs and spend some time on it).

Voil good sampling!