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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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tyler a part-time user from usa writes:
This sampler is the best!!!!! Good for dance/techno.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-02-2000 at 23:00
Carl Taylor a part-time user from England writes:
Ok where do I start...... The filters sound harsh, the sound quality next to an akai is dull, most of the effects are rubbish especially the reverbs (I have heard better from a spring reverb!). Most of the buttons and knobs on my machine are neally dead and ive onwned it from new, the processor inside must be very slow since it can seem to take forever to do certain tasks + the aux outputs all seem to send out a lower signal than the main L&R.

On the plus side the operating system is good, you can route four controllers for each sample wich is also quite usefull.

For the money (about £700 now) its not bad, its gets the most use out of all my gear, dont beleive the hype you get what you pay for!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-21-2000 at 21:15
claes johanson a part-time user from sweden [lund] writes:
I bought my A3000 almost a month ago and now it is definitely the center of my setup together with my nova. :)

heck.. i don´t even use audio tracks anymore except lyrics...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-27-2000 at 09:38
Dave from SILVERTOUCH a professional user from Metz, FRANCE writes:
Great sampler with good possibilities (beat change effect is good). But I have a few problems with the CDROM reader or SCSI card (don't know) and I had to repaired one of the 5 real-time button, because it's not really solid. .WAV conversion is long. But the sound is good except the reverbs !!!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-19-2000 at 09:53
Lorin a hobbyist user from USA writes:
O.K. Here is my 2 cents worth: I love this piece of gear. I bought this after considering an Emu E5000 Ultra. Both were about the same price - $1,000,000 (or at least it semmed like it) I've always used Emu samplers, so I was hesitant at first about the OS. After 1 week with my A3000, I am completely comfortable with it. I actually prefer it. If you don't have the manual to follow, it semms frustrating. Take a hour an follow along with the manual and you'll realize how "intuitive" the layout is. I set up monitoring level, key range, effects sends, arm and sample in seconds. If you set the record section to New+, it will progressively map each new sample to the keyboard for you. It will auto-normalize for each sample (takes some time though). You can record through the effects (All 3). It can also be used as an independeant multieffect-unit, because the audio-input can be routed directly through the effect-section.

The effects kick ass - some are freakin weird, some are useless (scratch), but there are TONS to choose from.

The coolest thing is the way you can map stuff to the knobs by pushing them to select them.

3 things that realy blow (IMHO) - there are no alphabet/number buttons, so naming things is a needlessly horror of scrolling. At least they offer a paste command. Also - there is no visual of the samples waveform. Another thing is that when you switch out of some menues, your samples get muted for a fraction of a second.

Another thing to mention - importing some Akai sample disks screw up the loop start/stop points, also the mapping gets screwy. Almost useless actually, because most of the Akai disks I've tried add an extra piece of a bar to their samples!?! Making looping impossible without extensive work.

It is also hard to find quality Sample Cds for this unit. At the time of writing, Teklab isn't selling their A3000 series anymore :(

Ok, Ok, enough bad stuff - remeber Version 2.0 was a great upgrade, so lets see whats next.

Overall, I love it! If fells more like an instrument, totally expressive.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-08-2000 at 20:59
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