Synth Site: Akai: XR10: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Petteri a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
Superb! I bought mine for 15£. Great lo-fi disco electro hits. Sounds pretty much the same as the drums on MIAMI VICE theme. 5/5!! Rocks!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-21-2001 at 03:07
Jim Pinel a part-time user from USA writes:
Why buy a "new" Ten year old Alesis for new price when you can find the XR-10 for cheap. I bought the XR-10 on eBay originally for quick song sketching but I've recently decided to use it for recording and live use. Why? I come to love the sounds. They are crisp and I haven't noticed any unwanted clicks or pops. Also you can run the patterns into a real sequencer and play them back no matter what pattern, or even if you change patterns, are used because its sounds are MIDI note mapped! Someone mention that the pads aren't velocity sensitive, but it will recieve velocity data via MIDI. I set up a MIDI track for the XR on my Ensoniq SQ-2's sequencer and the whole drum map was layed across my keyboard. About the only drawback I see is the hard to use sequencer that cant sequence other gear and it isnt multitimbral. Its no Akai MPC.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-02-2001 at 12:11
PHBerry a hobbyist user from OKC,OK,USA writes:
This is not only a quality drum machine, but it's also somewhat unique which is unusual these days. Anyone who's seen my many responses on these review pages (hope I&quot;m not annoying anyone) knows I've owned quite a few drum machines. In my opinion, the samples on this Akai unit have a different sound compared to Alesis, Boss, Roland, and Yamaha. Alesis/Boss/Roland all kind of sound the same and Yamaha sounds kind of flat in my opinion, but the Akai sounds different from all of them. It has a very &quot;accoustic&quot; sound and the samples sound like they were very carefully done (hey, this is akai we're talkin about). Also, I'm not real big on preset rhtym patterns (I feel like I'm cheating when I use them, so I tend to write my own), but the preset patterns on the Akai are really good there's even a &quot;Tribal&quot; preset. And, unlike many machines, the Akai has the patterns set up with Variation A, Variation B, Variation C, Fill A, Fill B, Fill C, Break, Intro, and End. That's a hell of a lot more detailed than the Alesis SR16. Only drawback, I'd like to see a MIDI THRU and there's no onboard effects processor. But many of the drum sounds sound superb without f/x. Piped through my Zoom f/x unit this machine sounds just like the word stenciled on the front of the unit, &quot;Professional&quot;. I have some more info on my web page (www.geocities.com/SoHo/Lofts/1783/gear.htm) Thanks

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:34
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