Sampler help, Akai Z8 vs Yamaha A5000, which one is better?
#22723 - 27/09/04 10:36 PM
I'm in the market for a hardware based sampler. Up until now I've read
some very good things about Akai's Z8 sampler. But I've also read some good reviews on
Yamaha's A5000 sampler. I know that the A5000 is chock full of effects and is very easy
to use. But the Akai sound quality is better. I going to be using either sampler live by
triggering samples via roland electronic drum triggers and I don't want to go to a
software sampler due to latency issues. Could someone tell me which one is the better
choice? Sound quality, effects, sample rate, and hd space is most important to me? Also
is it possible to run an external effects unit through either sampler for more effects?
Loc: Canberra Australia
Re: Sampler help, Akai Z8 vs Yamaha A5000, which one is better?
[Re: Escapee Planes]
#22860 - 28/09/04 08:48 AM
I have always preferred the sound mangling potential of the A5000, which cos it is a bit
older, should also be considerably cheaper than the Z8. The A5K has a different way of
allocating samples than the Akai - I liked it a lot, but it is different to what you would
expect if you are used to the way Akai do things.
The disadvantage of the A5K
is that the SCSI interface is slower than death although I guess for "drum" samples this
will probably not been an issue as they can all be loaded prior to a gig but I would check
your work patterns first...
There has been some recent discussion (last week)
in these pages about the Z8 so I would look at what they had to say.