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Quick Links. Download this manual. To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not. Table of Contents. Page 3 The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intented to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance servicing instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.

Page 4: Important Safety Instructions The product has been dropped, or the enclosure damaged. All other servicing should be referred to qualified service personnel. Page 5 Check with a qualified electrician or serviceman if you are in doubt as to whether the product is properly grounded.

Do not modify the plug provided with the product - if it will not fit the outlet, have a proper outlet installed by a qualified electrician. Page 6 Always keep the unit's chassis at least 10 centimeters from any other objects. All rights are reserved. No part of the software or its documentation may be copied, transferred or modified. Never use a DC power supply. Page 9 If the warranty is valid, AKAI will, without charge for parts or labor, either repair or replace the defective part s.

Without a valid warranty, the entire cost of the repair parts and labor is the responsibility of the product's owner. Page 10 Do not use volatile chemical substances such as denatured alcohol, cleaning fluid intended for analog records, or antistatic fluids, as these may damage the CD-ROM. Add to this the second bank of optional resonant multi-mode filters and you can see that the CDXL is a sampler that can grow with your needs.

With the optional EB16 multi- effects processor installed, you may add four channels of effects processing to the mixdown. Page 20 Effect select large hall, small hall, large room, small room, reverse, gated, etc. Page 24 Follow the procedure below if the tray does not eject when you press the eject button: 1.

Turn off the power to the CDXL and wait about a minute. Insert a something like a paper clip into the emergency eject hole and push it in. The tray will be ejected. Page 25 It is important to remember that, unlike a synthesiser, the CDXL has no means of 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. Page Taking Care Of Your Disks 10 Even if you are using a hard disk of any sort, please make sure you have backed up your work to floppy disks.

It can be time consuming but it will be worth it if you ever have a problem with your hard disk! You will see a message in the LCD informing you of what is going on. After 15 seconds or so, your CDXL is ready for use. If the disk drive is at an angle, even a slight one, you may have unreliability problems and even data corruption.

Page CdXl Flowchart Once you are happy with everything, the whole thing may be saved to disk for recall at a later date. One of the beauties of the Akai samplers is that there are no restrictions on what you do with samples - any sample can be placed into any keygroup in any program. One sample may be placed into a variety of different programs, each of which impose different envelope or filter settings to create a wide range of possibilities from very little.

WHL P. For example, whilst holding down a low string note you could select, say, a brass sound. The strings will continue to sound and you may now play the brass part. Please note, however, that if you are using the internal effects on either or both of these sounds, there may be a noticeable change as only one effect can be used at once.

Page Marking Files Alternatively, if a MIDI program change number has been set in the MIDI select: field, when the CDXL receives that program change command, the files marked in this page will be loaded along with their samples and any changes you may have made to them.

Pressing this key will display this prompt: indicating that the setup is being saved. This will take a second or two. This would normally be used to mix the levels of different programs and is the equivalent of a mixers fader control. It is possible to send programs to individual outputs but, by mixing them out of the stereo outputs by setting this parameter to 00, you remove them from the main mix. If the piece of music is not overly complicated and polyphony is not going to be exceeded, you may prefer just to leave the priority at the default setting of NORM.

Page Deleting Programs You will be asked if you want to proceed with the bulk program delete. If these programs are the only ones using particular samples, you will be asked if you want to delete the samples as well.

Page 53 This, of course, is the most drastic of these three options. Deleting samples and rearranging memory space may take a little time, so be patient while this takes place. Page Renumbering Programs CDXL programs with the patch numbers on your synthesiser, you may want to renumber the programs, so that selecting a brass sound on the CDXL will call up a similar or complementary patch on a remote synthesiser module. To do this, press the key. For compatibility and to be considerate to our customers!

The following explanations, therefore, refer to this method of operation should you wish to work in this way or if you have existing sound library that uses this method.

In this way, you may have sets of programs for each song recalled from a MIDI program change from your sequencer this is one advantage of using this method over MULTI - you may only have one multi file in memory at any one time.

Page Single Vs Multi As mentioned, you may avhieve similar results in the MULTI mode where you can create multi- timbral setups, key splits, layered programs and combinations of these very quickly and easily. Page Assigning Programs To Parts This will turn off all four effects channels so that you can hear the program s in isolation.

Less commonly used ones are accessed via the soft keys. More details on setting up key splits is given later in this section. This will reset all the parameters described above to their default values and will clear the program name field, leaving it blank.

This will load the selected multi and any programs associated with it plus the samples used in those programs. Page Renumbering Programs This will only renumber the currently selected program. Only that program will be renumbered. If you change your mind and do not wish to renumber any programs, simply press without pressing F3, F4, F5 or F6. This may or may not be an inconvenience depending on the way you want to work.

The possibilities are almost endless up to the 16 part limit in fact! Page Program Editing - this can be overcome in a program. Furthermore, because of powerful synthesiser functions, the CDXL can be used to play and process samples much like an analogue synth. With 2 low frequency oscillators LFOs , Page Keygroup Zones The ultimate program, would be for each key to have its own keygroup with each keygroup containing four samples using a four way velocity switch!

Page Overlapping And Crossfading Keygroups If you have already owned an Akai sampler, then you will probably be familiar with a lot of what we have just seen but, if this is your first time with an Akai sampler, it is worth taking the time to get a fairly good understanding of these principles and the concept of keygroups if you are going to get the best out your sampler.

You may like to refer to Appendix 4 which shows what the CDXL would look like if it was laid out traditionally like a synth. Page 77 This selects the modulation wheel as the control source. Bend This selects the pitchbend wheel or lever as the modulation source Pressure This selects aftertouch as the control source. This is channel aftertouch and not polyphonic aftertouch.

Page 78 - if you are not into programming you can largely forget about it and just use the defaults. Similarly, if you do not like synthesisers and prefer instead to use the CDXL for the reproduction of high quality samples of acoustic instruments again, you need not concern yourself with these functions. Again, as a result, you need not worry about having to set these assignments yourself.

On library disks developed for the CDXL, you will see the assignments made by our sound programmers. In the CDXL, we always use another program as the basis for a new one. There are several ways you can work this. You can use an existing program from your sound library that closely resembles the one you wish to create. Page Deleting Programs For example: Even when is OFF, playing each note separately will cause the attack of each note to be re-triggered.

Page 83 OFF, you will be able to monitor any other programs that share the same number. Page 84 We will now look at the functions of these pages. We will skip for the moment and look at the function of first as these affect the program as a whole.

Page 88 By layering two programs and setting opposite values i. Please be aware of this when setting pan modulation. As with all control inputs on the CDXL, any combination of controllers can be mixed together. Here are a few suggestions: Bend Use this instead of modwheel perhaps. Page 91 Layering two programs and setting the modulation amounts to opposite values can also yield some interesting panning effects.

Page The Tune Page Those, then, are the master pages for the program where you can set parameters that affect the program as a whole. In any of the pages described, you may always directly access another from the soft keys. Page Modulation Pages These pages are accessed by pressing the key. Page Pitch Bend As usual, you may select a program for editing at the top right hand of the corner. The pitch bend on the CDXL allows you to set a different range for bend up and down as well as use pressure and a special mode is also available to make it more flexible.

Page 97 This allows you to use note-on velocity to introduce LFO1 modulation. With a positive value set here, playing a note hard will introduce a level of modulation which may be augmented using the modwheel or pressure. However, the random waveform provided by LFO2 has some other possibilities. Page This sets the delay between a note-on occurring and the effect being introduced. At 00 the effect will be instantaneous and at 99 the effect will take some 5 or 6 seconds to be introduced.

No doubt you will find variations of your own.


Akai CD3000XL Operator's Manual

The Akai SXL is a bit professional stereo digital sampler. When the SXL was released, it was top of the line. For adding sounds to the sampler, the SXL featured a 3. Iomega Zip drives were very commonly used for storage and backup. A great benefit was that during live performance the Akai could take the role of the computer to trigger the other instruments. The interface consisted of 32 buttons, eight of which were function keys, three knobs, and a four-key directional pad for navigating the x64 display, located in the upper-middle portion of the sampler.







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