Sonic State Studio / Recorders / AKAI DPS16

Average rating: 7.9/10 out of 10

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Jay a part-timer user from MA writes:

I know you can't mix down 16 tracks to 2 tracks....

But can you mix down 14 tracks to 2 tracks all at once???

Also has anyone lost a significant amount of work due to it crashing, data corruption, or hard drive failure?

How fast are the cd burning times?

thanks for your time!

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Thursday, 05-Sep-02 at 6:3
John Richards a Professional user from California writes:
The sound of the DPS16 is exceptional. Listen to The Phone Call and The Blue Guitar at I have found the user interface to be a combination of very easy and a little tricky, but I write down the sequence of buttons and then I don't worry about it. The limitations, like 14 to 2 mixdown is OK since there are 250 tracks per song, making mixing down to stereo pairs a necessity for any large project. Compared to many top studios, the DPS16 sounds as good as many of them. With a pair of Earthworks TC-30K mics, I could rule the world. It is a new way to record though - super clean - what you put in is what you get out. I had to adjust to that concept by getting the sounds warm and deep going into the Akai. For the money, this unit is truly incredible, and having it sitting a few feet away from my instruments is a composer's dream.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Monday, 15-Apr-02 at 19:45
Helmut a Professional user from Germany writes:
This machine is not very intuitive at all and has a steep learning curve. On top of it you can only record 14 tracks of audio if you intend to mix down within the unit it self. No CDRW drive built in. The competetion is just way ahead of this machine. Yeah the q-link knobs are a great feature but just to put something in record ready mode you need to hit like 5 buttons, i mean come on people looking for a home studio want ease of use combined with great sound not great sound an engineer knowledge required.

Rating: 2 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 12-Feb-02 at 16:12
Patrick Leblanc a Professional user from canada writes:
I think that the dps-16 will be a Really great studio workstation whene the OS will be more stable and if the akai tech can say to me: #9 hard disk error and #4 recording failed will never be see on my dps.I think that akai need to be obsessed by the error on the Os ver. 3.0

Rating: 4 out of 10 posted Thursday, 22-Nov-01 at 12:46
Walter Wagenleithner a hobbyist user from Austria writes:
A really great and easy to use machine. Q-link knobs give an analogue feeling, sound is wonderful, effects and EQs are very good, I recorded a lot of synths, voices and guitar with it and can recommend it to everyone!

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 22-Aug-01 at 18:40
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