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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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DeltaM a part-time user from Belgium writes:
Haven't you read the previous post? What you put in comes out with an Akai. The Emu's color the sound. They've a bassboost or so. If you get a real 909 you need to eq and to compress the BD too, to get the sound you hear everywhere. Well, your Emu does part of the eq automaticly for you... BUT you've no control about it. I prefer to hear the actual sound, and then use mixer and fx to have total control. You can make the clean Akai sound warmer or grungier with eq and fx, but can you make the automaticly eq-ed grungier sound of an EMU sound crispy and clean???

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-12-2001 at 12:51
nubey a professional user from usa writes:
Had an S2000, went back to the store for an E-mu ESI4000.

Sample a 808/909 bd on both and you'll definitely see what I mean. The akai's sound so weak in comparison.


Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-12-2001 at 11:59
avery freeman a professional user from OLY WA USA writes:
You've got to be kidding me. I just picked one of these bitches up for $250. Rediculously cheap and probably the most professionally orientated marketing approach to a sampler that I've ever witnessed. This will be my second.

Prepare yourself for praise - in my position, considering the money I paid, I have to rate this sampler as a 5, considering that my other options at this price range were possibly the EMAX 2, DR. Sample, S-550, S-900 or the TX16W.

BUT - even though I paid the price of one of those underpowered samplers of yesterday, I am still more pleased with the features of this sampler and would take it over pretty much ANY OTHER sampler in the upper-price range as well (such as the A4000 or E5000) for reasons I will explain below.

Before you tote your 'powerhouse' sampler as 'kicking s2000 ass', listen to this because I know what professionals want - and its not what makes you homie users (market) happy.

First of all, whats so bad about not including everything in one box? Options are a more professional approach to marketing - some producers do not need/want internal effects, just as some would process everything internally and never use the output expander. Why pay for everything at once if you don't need it? Lower overhead means lower production cost (anyone on this forum know what that statement means?) Of course, don't pay more than $300 for the stock box (but at $300 its a real tool, lemme tell ya).

I don't know about the quality of the filter board's ALGORHYTHMS but I have more faith into a 'semi-outboard' module/DSP than I do in software-simulated filters that TAX an already overworked CPU (ahem, YAMAHA, you cheap bastards).

GET THIS: Is AKAI the only manufacturer that offers a FlashROM option for storing samples? Seriously dope option for *real* producers who do not want to hear their disk drives chug for minutes upon every single powerup. Once again, AKAI makes professional modular gear, not home-orientated basement producer all-in-ones.

I think the EB-16 is targeted more towards home, since I don't think any pro would touch it when sitting next to Lexicons and Eventides. Of course, this is understandable when AKAI puts all of its energy into creating the CLEANEST D/As for running your sounds to outboard processors.

*Forget* what people say about this box lacking in sound quality. The only quality of sound it lacks is the quality distortion many D/As introduce in the interpolation stage *ahem* (That 'pleasing crunch' one will acquire from the antiquated and overpriced Roland S-760 - Yes I've owned them and am allowed to have this opinion - they're pretty shitty, believe me, ESPECIALLY at the price they're going for these days... don't believe the 'bombest-ass filters' hype, they're not any better sounding, and only 1 per voice, LP, BP, HP 12/24 dB/oct).

EMUs I believe probably have a 50-80hz bump, but you will not hear better interpolation on their D/As. *NOTHING* beats an Akai for 'flat' response - meaning what you put in is what you get out. They are the CLEANEST samplers around. Thats what PROs want, not 'out of box' EQ bumps. Thats what my pultec EQs are for... (haha)

Of course, I do have to kind of ream AKAI for charging $999 when it came out (actually for '96, was it(?), its not that bad). But of course, AKAI positions its marketing for PRO users, who either bought this knowing they did not need extra features and wanted to save $$ or bought the (much) more expensive EMU. (Rolands, Yamahas and Ensoniqs are shit and have absolutely no place in a real studio other than on the recieving end of a producer's steel toes as he boots it across the room when it glitches/freezes/hangs momentarily).

Ok - so the interface sucks ass, VERY TRUE. WORST INTERFACE EVER (OTHER than an S-760 without an OP-760-01). Of course WHO USES IT? MESA, Recycle! and PEAK (SF, PC uzrs) makes everything better. Using a MAC for transfering via SCSI (and everything else audio related for that matter) will probably make everything a lot less troublesome than BUGGY PCs (although I do know that people have had a lot of success with SCSI transfers on PCs, albiet with some work just like everything on the motherfuckers).

I have my Mac running fanless off of a 350mb ATA type III flash card for a *totally silent* sequencer/sample editor, just in case anybody wanted any ideas...

Anyway, stop thinking about all the applications you can do with your box and think about what you NEED as opposed to what it SOUNDS LIKE. I can tell you that nothing sounds CLEANER than this box - BETTER, is of course totally a personal opinion. I think most people percieve coloration/distortion of sound as being BETTER sounding - for example, the huge resurgance of tube gear when digital recording becomes mainstream. Thats also why EMU users will claim their sampler makes sounds sound better (because they 'color' the sound, its not the same sound anymore after that D/A interpolates it - not on the AKAI either but more ACURATELY REPRODUCED on AKAI than EMU - EMU will 'add' something, is this what you want? that is your choice - some swear by EMU's interpolation like some producers swear by tube mics and analog tape).

Wow ok well anyway I had a lot to say - if anyone would like to chat with me about some of this shit, drop me a line, yo.

Peace out


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-12-2001 at 05:56
Taras Harkavyi a part-time user from Canada writes:
It's a great choice. It does all I want it to do, and it's a good choice for the money. The only problem I have (with both S2000 that i have right now) is that the key/mute groups don't work well. For example, sometimes the closed hi-hat will mute the open hi-hat, but sometimes it won't. This really ticks me off, because for most of the song my hi-hats close properly, but there is the odd time when they don't - and it sounds awfully sloppy! Does anyone have any suggestions/explanations as to why this might happen? I got the newest OS version but that didn't seem correct the problem. Thanx.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-30-2001 at 19:35
Santiago Castillo a part-time user from URUGUAY writes:
Es una noble maquina, actué en vivo con ella en un rack durante años, ahora que utilizo secuencias en CD, vive en mi estudio LA BEDUINA RESISTENCIA La utilizo controlandolo con un Roland A90 y secuenciando MIDI para ella con un Kawai Q80 con excelentes resultados.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-23-2001 at 10:31
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