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Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:48 pm
by wiss
Akai Analog Drum Machine


Could be a fun little box.

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:53 pm
by ColorForm2113
:o

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:12 pm
by ryryoftokyo
And there goes the final nail in the coffin for the AIRA series.

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:13 pm
by StepLogik
I bet it doesn't sound like a real wolf. I'm sure they got it close, but not at that price point. If you want the real deal, just buy a real wolf on Ebay and stop settling for cheap knockoffs. I'm going to get the schematic and I bet the circuits aren't even the same as a vintage real wolf.

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:18 pm
by meatballfulton
Well, that's a real surprise...esp. the price. Living in interesting times indeed :shock:

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:37 pm
by phesago
What the $200? Wow thats sweet.

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:01 pm
by griffin avid
And there goes the final nail in the coffin for the AIRA series.

Not even close.
a) You don't know how it sounds
b) AIRA has a long lead time for being available and it already sounds good.
c) It's cheap enough to not really be a definite A or B choice (you can afford both)
d) I'm not sure this is anyone's "last or only drum machine"
e) It's going to have several limitations and I'm not so sure the modern (younger) generation is willing to fore-go all of those conveniences just because it says analog on the tin.
f) And that generation has started with samples so this smaller palette has a limited scope.
g) As cool as it *could be, how long and how far before you feel like you've plumed its depths and want something new.

The PROs are mostly that it's AKAI and that it's analog. Some will be sold on those two points no matter how it sounds.
AND if the AIRA was indeed analog, there's still be a pause to compare sounds, which is going to happen now anyway.

The joke will be what if it doesn't sound as good as the AIRA?

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:02 pm
by ColorForm2113
anyone want to buy my Yamaha RX5? lol

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:07 pm
by griffin avid
And when I say as good as, I mean in the totally limited way [insert generic-grouping name for enthusiasts] have determined what an analog drum sound is supposed to be. Which, I feel has limited the options for making new and unique drum sounds.

It could sound new, different and original and still be considered a fail because it doesn't sound like everything else that is already kicking about. That's the core problem with all this looking back.

Someone look forward, please......

Oh and I will be buying this regardless.....

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:37 pm
by shaft9000
^^what are you getting at??
please name something that is
griffin avid wrote:considered a fail because it doesn't sound like everything else that is already kicking about.
besides a general-purpose DAW

this "looking back" is about solving a problem in the eyes of many, not creating one:

1. 808s are rare and expensive, and not 'general purpose' except in hip-hop or electro, period. that's what customers apparently want, but most can't afford the cost of original article - or simply do not feel it is core enough to their sound to make the necessary sacrifice.

2. Even if everyone COULD afford one, there simply aren't enough 808s to go around because Roland has discontinued them indefinitely.

3. recreating one exactly and having it just arrive on the market won't happen for many many reasons i won't even go into because it's done to death.
Now it COULD happen, but circumstances must change before it does happen, or it never will happen. <-this is fundamental

4. so here we are

it's just a micro-niche of a drum-machine (itself a niche industry) called the new Cheepy808-Alikes, and that's that.
mfb 522, volca beats, tr-8, rythmwolf etc

if you want innovative hardware drum machine then get the SonicPotionsLXR, or MDuserwave or tempest or one of numerous DIY projects(this is really where it's at) and you can user-define to a much greater degree

i'm just glad the market has more to offer than volca beats in this $range.

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:34 pm
by Ashe37
Would be great, except for the stiff MPC pads... :/

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:01 pm
by jaypodesta
Kinda reminds me of the Jomox machines. Certainly like the wood look end cheeks.

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:47 am
by Hugo76
At that price it's a no brainer. Still, come to think of it, the Volca Beats never interested me at all. It must be the inclusion of the bass part that won me over with this one :-)

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:30 am
by ranzee
Can't wait to hear it ...

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:38 am
by _seph
ryryoftokyo wrote:And there goes the final nail in the coffin for the AIRA series.
this doesn't at all impact my plans on purchasing the Airas and while this does look like a nice competitor to Korg's Volcas, I don't see the relevance.

we'll see how it sounds but all in all this looks like something many will enjoy and $200 is an incredible price.

however it holds no interest for me.