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FP User 10/31/2008

Akai Professional Z8 : FP User's user review


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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 .

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Posted by: Unknown ( 3-, 2004)