Synth Site: Akai: 612 Sampler: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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spectralab a professional user from the bowels of hell writes:
Just got the 13-pin cable to run it through the filter of my VX-90... too much fun!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-30-2001 at 23:37
spectralab a professional user writes:
Oh, by the way: anyone still looking for a manual can get it at www.akaipro.com in scanned pdf format...

posted Friday-May-11-2001 at 03:55
spectralab a professional user from Canada writes:
Easily the best $100 I've ever spent (that's $100 Canadian). It's ugly as fuck, but can twist and mangle your sounds in such great ways that it's worth the eyesore. The reviews here have already gone over the specs and functions so I won't repeat them, except to add comments. For one, I'm not so sure the filter isn't resonant... granted, there's no resonance control, but it sounds to me like there's a bit of a resonance peak built into it... of course, this could just be an artifact of the low sample and bit rates... also, the Start point slider on mine acts a little weird. If I don't apply a downward pressure to it while the sample is playing back, it just loops the first second of the sample, even if I've got a 4khz/8-second sample in there. Only when I push it down a little does the whole loop play back. Not sure if it's just mine or if they're all like that... at any rate, messing around with those sliders is a lot of fun - adjusting the repeat pattern of drum loops in real time, the crazy ass zippering effect (according to the manual, you're not *supposed* to move these while the sample plays back), messing up vocals or other sounds... if I wanted to do a Merzbow-style noise project, I could easily do it with just this puppy ;) ... try throwing in a kick drum, reversing it with the sliders and compressing the hell out of it - with my RNC, this comes very close to that "thwack" type of kick drum sound Autechre uses... suffice to say, lots of bang for the buck here...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-11-2001 at 03:42
KX a part-time user from USA writes:
Got one of these a while ago for free with drive and 8 quick disks. Although it took me a while to realize that you had to hit the load button twice (leading me to think the disks were bad) and until reading this thread I didn't know how to adjust the sampling rate, I have found it to be a fantastic lo-fi sampler, second only to the great Casio SK-1. I would not pay more than $100 or so for one since I am not heavily into sampling (most of my money goes toward FM synths these days) but I am VERY glad to have it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-11-2001 at 15:20
Randy a professional user from USA writes:
I have the Sampler, and some disks, but no drive. Are they still available, or are quick disks obselete? Randy

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-02-2000 at 04:13
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