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Old 21st February 2020
Gear Maniac
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I’ve owned pretty much all the MPCs (minus the 5000 & 500) as well as every generation of Akai rack samplers. The differences between the 6/5k and the Z/4k are very negligible. Obviously the the Z/4k does 24 bit samples, but converter wise I’d be hard pressed to tell the difference. There are some major differences in functionality, like voice count, modulation, etc. Sound-wise these machines are pretty “flat”, and not in a bad way. They don’t color the sound source like an Ensoniq or E-MU sampler does. Now, older Akai units mos definitely have a “sound”, but thats a whole nother thread.