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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Full text of ” Akai: Certain new functions are introduced in the SXL In software, the new MULTI mode of operation simplifies multi-timbral sequencing and layering whilst hardware options include a multi-effects processor that offers no less than four channels that include two multi-effects channels with distortion, EQ, ring modulation, modulation effects such as chorus, flanging, pitch shifting, auto panning and rotary speaker effects plus delay and reverb.

Two ‘spare’ channels of reverb are also available providing a total of four reverbs. Akaj to this the second bank of optional resonant multi-mode filters and you can see that the SXL is a sampler that can grow with your needs. The ability to read CD ROMs made for other manufacturer’s samplers gives access to an even further range of sounds.

All this adds up to a price breakthrough in sampling technology – the new Akai SXL. Optional 4-channel multi-effects processor offering two channels of simultaneous distortion, three-band EQ, ring modulation, modulation chorus, phase shift, flanging, pitch shift, autopan or rotary speakerstereo delay and reverb plus two ‘spare’ channels of manhal four reverb processors in total.

Timestretch, re-sampling and digital EQ. Single trigger playback to emulate old monophonic synths and alai instruments’ playing styles.

Polyphonic and monophonic portamento. Hard disk data may be backed up to a normal DAT tape using the digital Mo. Capable of aksi recording and editing on hard disk. This allows you, for example, to play sequenced backing tracks directly from the SXL. With the optional EB16 multi-effects processor installed, you may add four channels of effects processing to the mixdown. For playing single programs. For playing up to 16 x3000 together for multi-timbral sequencing, layering and key splits.

For editing programs, samples and effects. For setting parameters that affect the sampler as a whole plus access to utilities such as DAT backup, MIDI song file play and hard disk recording For saving programs, samples, multis, effects and operating systems, etc. For loading programs, samples, multis, effects, operating systems, etc.

With 2nd filter bank installed, a further set of multi-mode filters and a third multi-stage envelope generator are added. DELAY – effect select mono, stereo, ping pongdelay times, feedback. Effect select large hall, small hall, large room, small room, reverse, gated, etc. A multi-effects channel may also be routed to its ‘neighbouring’ reverb channel for dual reverb multi-effects.

Please take the time to read it as a fuller understanding of the instrument will enable you to use the SSOOOXL’s remarkable facilities to the full.

Not only are the controls and screens explained in detail but you will find hints and tips to help you with your sampling and programming. If you are new to sampling or synthesisers, some of the sections explain the basic principles behind the techniques employed in the SXL so if words like “bandpass”, “modulation”, “diffusion”, “multi-timbral” and “sample rates”, etc.

Even if you’re a seasoned programmer, we hope that there is information in this manual that you find useful. These select functions displayed on the LCD above.

They have no fixed function but change according to the amnual currently displayed on the screen. The 40 X 8 character display shows parameters and values and displays the ‘soft’ keys’ function and graphic display of waveforms for sample editing, etc. This block of keys moves the cursor up, down and left and right around the screen. Allows you to enter data values and for scrolling through lists, etc. This is used to enter data numerically. These keys allow you to mark two functions and switch between them using the JUMP key.


In this way, it is quick and easy to enter data even across two different screens. This takes you the ‘naming mode’ where you may name samples, programs, effects, etc. Allows you to msnual a sound without the need for a MIDI controller to be connected.

Sets the record level for the analogue inputs. Applies power to the SXL.

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You will note that pressing this control in switches off the LCD’ backlight thus preserving the LCD think of it like a ‘screen saver’ on a computer. Disks are inserted into the drive thus: It is important to remember that, unlike a synthesiser, the SXL has no means mamual storing sounds in an internal memory. As a result, it is vital that you save your work to disk before turning the power off otherwise you will lose your work and, unless previously saved, it will be gone for ever.

In fact, it is a good idea to regularly save your work as you are working.

All good computer users do this and it prevents the accidental loss of data should power be accidentally removed from the instrument. This also serves as a form of ‘undo’ – if you make some kind of mistake in your programming and editing and can’t fix it, you can load the last level of editing back into the sampler. It may be a bit tedious to keep stopping every now and then to save your work but it is better than losing some valuable sounds.

Please observe the following points, therefore: Finger marks may render the disk unreadable. When the disk is in the drive, the metal protective cover slides back exposing the actual disk inside – this makes the disk susceptible to picking up dust which may cause read errors. Also, try to avoid X-ray machines. At airports, it is sometimes possible to ask for your disks to be inspected by hand at security desks but, with the added security at airports these days, this may not be possible.

Always check with the security officer though, just in case. Security X-ray machines are generally safe with disks, though. If in doubt, make backup copies which should be left at home.

Some checked in luggage is X-rayed by quite powerfui macliines tliat are not as safe as those that check hand luggage. It is probably best to take your disks as hand luggage. Whilst cheap ones may be appealing, they are prone to errors more than good ones.

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This will prevent accidental erasure, formatting and loss of data. It may be a nuisance to try to write to the disk and find mmanual write protected but it is less of a nuisance than accidentally over-writing a set of your favourite samples and programs! Heavy duty metal camera cases are ideal and some flight case manufacturers now make special heavy duty disk flightcases.

It can be time consuming but it will be worth it if you ever have a problem with your hard disk! If the optional EB16 multi-effects processor is installed, the outputs of the four effects channels are also mixed here. You may also use the eight assignable individual outputs.

Programs or groups of programs may be assigned to these outputs for mixing on a mixing console. Furthermore, individual keygroups may be assigned to these outputs so that, for example, individual drums could have a separate channel on the mixer for EQ’ing, adding effects, etc.

For full details of manua, please refer to the appropriate section in this manual. Before turning on the sampler, it’s a good idea to turn its volume down or to turn the volume down on the amplifier or the mixer channels as the power up ‘thump’, although very slight, could damage sensitive speakers, especially if the amp is turned up loud.


Now turn on the SXL. You will see a message in the LCD informing you of what is going on. After aakai seconds or so, your SXL is ready for use. You will hear the oh so impressive test tone!

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Hardly inspiring is it? We want something a bit more interesting than that. If you hear a sound, then at least your audio connections are o. To load the sound library disk, insert it into the drive mnual press the LOAD key. Now simply press F7 – CLR. You will receive a prompt asking you if you want to clear the entire memory.

You may use this to play the demo sequence that is also supplied on floppy disk with the SXL. Aiai play the demo sequence on the SXL, assuming the sound data disk has been loaded, follow the procedure below. You can load as many files as you like as long as there is enough memory space.

Press EinEl F8 to stop playback. Akaii the cursor to the volume name field and select the volume you wish to load.

However you load sounds, whether it’s from floppy disk, hard disk, cartridge or CD-ROM, just load them and enjoy playing with your new sampler. Although we suggest you read the operator’s manual thoroughly, of course, at this stage, you don’t want be bothered with that so just experiment and get a feel for the SXL. As long as you don’t press the SAVE key and accidentally overwrite your floppy disk or hard disk volume, you can’t damage your sounds permanently or come to any harm you can’t damage a CD-ROM as it’s a read only device.

If you do start messing with the samples and programs and don’t like the results, simply re-load the sounds in or load another bunch of sounds to play with.

It is recommended you leave 1 U of rack space above and below the sampler. If you are placing the sampler on a table, make sure that the table is sturdy and that the sampler is not positioned precariously. If the disk drive is at an angle, even a slight one, you may have unreliability problems and even data corruption.

If you are planning to rack mount the hard disk with the sampler, it is recommended you use the ‘padded’ type of rack mount adapter available from most manufacturers of rack and flight cases especially if you are likely to be travelling a lot with the set-up.

The padding will help protect the disk drive’s delicate head mechanism against shock and excessive vibration. It goes without saying that the SXL and the disk drive are delicate pieces of precision electronics and they don’t take kindly to being thrown around however sturdy your flight case might be!

Basically, it operates in different ‘modes’ which are selected according to what it is you want to do. In these modes, you navigate your way around the functions using the soft keys. Each key is illuminated to indicate the sampler’s current status. This mode is best suited for ‘playing’ the sampler i. Typically, this mode would be used for multi-timbral sequencing by setting each ‘part’ to a different MIDI channel but it can also used for layering and creating key splits by setting two or more parts to the same MIDI channel.