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Akai Z8 Drum Machines & Samplers
Old 12th August 2018
Gear Nut

Akai Z8

I don't see my brother as much as I like these days, But in all fairness he is looking after his own family (Wife, Kids, Pets, House, BILLS!)

But he does other brotherly things like often lending/gilting various bits of kit, Keyboards, Monitors, Stands, Racks, Cables.. All sorts!

So anyway I've been gifted an Akai Z8 3U Sampler..After readiing and searching the internet and this forum (Hands down my favourite forum I may add) I didn't find much about hwt I was looking for..

Obviously the Z4/8 and MPC4000 (Which would be a great addition to my setup now that I ae an Akai Sampler again).. I have read that the editor for the Z8 was ak.sys which is long discontinued right? I'm not using Windows anyway only ever Mac. (I'm aware you can use Wine and others to run ak.sys but there must be something better).

So I was hoping I could just just plug into the USB port and be able to uploa bunch of samples but that doesn't seem to be the case, Could any of you eelectric Music efficinedos point me to something more to ipyo date so I can upload samples and make patches and multi's etc?

Thanks for any help guys and girls :D
Old 12th August 2018
Lives for gear

You can put samples onto a usb stick ect and feed it via the USB port.AKSYS is still downloadable via akai site.It works on my snow leopard mac.Maybe not on later OS.
Old 12th August 2018
Gear Nut

Originally Posted by Goa-Dubs View Post
You can put samples onto a usb stick ect and feed it via the USB port.AKSYS is still downloadable via akai site.It works on my snow leopard mac.Maybe not on later OS.

I had NO idea that yuo could still download ak.sys off of !

I'm gunna give it a try now, Fingers crossed.. I've been very much thinking of a MPC 4000 with Z8 combo.

You Can replace the fans with new silent running ones and also SSD in both of the peices. Really nice.
Old 12th August 2018
Lives for gear
Yeah...plugging in a USB stick is the quickest and most reliable way to transfer files. Aksys just makes creating programs and multis a little easier, since it gives you large interface similar to most software samplers like Kontakt, etc.

Aksys doesn't work natively on newer Mac OS, but I have Aksys running inside virtualbox/windowsXP install on my macs. It takes a little bit of setup but works great, plus it's free.
Old 13th August 2018
Gear Nut

Thats a good bit of info nice one I'll see if maybe I can use a USB-HDD perhaps
Old 17th August 2018
Gear Nut

That worked very nicely, Thanks for the info.

I tried with a USB External HDD and it was too large, Even the USB tick I used with an 8GB one but it could only read it as 2.1GB i think.. Don't quote me though I'll have to to double check and I've now got a full version of the Z4/Z8 Manual.

Great sampler so far.. And I've had a few Akai bits, the Akai 7000 keyboard (Rubbish) S3000 classic, Wish to god I kept it.. Akai MPC2000XL Fully loaded with EFX, SD card, 8 outs, Akai MFC Filter. Akai S6000 with huge HDD and a 16 out upgrade (I get hand me downs from my brother who is pro musician which is where this Akai Z8 has come from)
My Idea at the moment is to possibly get an MPC4000 (Which are meant to be really under rated and pretty damn fantastic) and couple that with the Z8 and maybe a nice channel strip, Keyboard and turntable then get to filling up those machines with some bespoke samples.

I hear you can change the cooling fans in the 4000/Z8 to be near quiet and and also change out the HDD to SSD! Sweet!

We'll see how it goes down because I've stepped away from music for about a year because I got creative burn out from almost having too many creative possibilitys, Too many plugs, Too many options and also working on a computer for my livelyhood then coming back to my hobby to again... Sat infront of a screen deveolping even worse RSI :/

Rant over lol.. But alot of people I see are switching to dawless for similar reasons, The MPC was a really gutting for me to sell it and it was really dumb of me.

Wontmake that mistake again.
Old 17th August 2018
Lives for gear

All i can do is give my right of now opinion in real time.I seem to gravitate to using MPC s.The hardware versions.Based on the simple old school concepts.Ive used for a long time the 4000.Brilliant machine.Very flexible and honest sound.High quality everything.That went.I don't seem to keep things forever except maybe my sound card Motu ultralite,Roland SP404 and a few other little bits.I buy and sell a lot.Had the MPC1000 last year.Great lil box.Just tight with a nice neutral but boxy sound that i like.Very effective and solid sampler/sequencer but not to effect samples too much.A bit limited on that score.Reminds me of the MPC2000 i used way back.You get my drift.Well,i was looking for a workstation again and wanted to have a few more tricks in da box,and remembering the 1000 i re bought the MPC5000 i once had many shoot outs with the 4000 The 4000 won of course BUT....i would often turn on the 5000 instead.So...i just recently could not resist biding on another and one and scored it for the lowest price with oak sides,memory and very overall good condition.For 3 weeks it came out and went back to its case and out again like a yoyo.I dont really need this i gots the MPC software which is based on this but lots more flexible.Anyways i did some shoot outs with it and approximated the sound on both very close.Well that seals the deal sell the 5k.Money in the bank and less gear.Yeah !!!!!!!! On listening back i found the 5000 recordings had some warmth and depth that was kinda missing from the SW.And then.....i had a vision.Give the 5000 another go.It never did anything wrong for me.She was faithful.And honest.And kinda sexy.To cut a long story shorter-I am now happily wedded and reaching new heights creatively.The synth is really good with the sequencer.Loads of potential.If i spend a few hours which i do a night on the box just working stuff out i end up with lots of inspiring material.And never a glitch.Loads and saves quickly and efficiently.Nice big screen.ectect.Only downside it seems (that i have personally found) is it prefers to be master or just standalone.Started to wander when i synced it last night to ableton after some bars.....Oh well.I dont work like that much anyway.Thought id share that.The Z8 is amazing too.Very high quality sound.Do you have the lead for the screen?Its a PS2 lead i think that can be bought for cheap on the net.Not much info on that when i looked.Rant ove and outski
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