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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Lee a hobbyist user from United States writes:
Very over-rated I must say. I spent many months always searching on ebay, it had this mythical aurora surrounding it. Sampled sounds of great synths. The ones people usually forget to sample (the PPG, the Tomita strings etc). I figured since Akai is like thee name in sampling, and it was sampled at 16 bit that it would fine. Boy was I wrong!! I've have never heard so much aliasing from a unit...gee, it was almost unbearable!! Believe me I'm even a fan of old samplers (I have the Sequential Prophet 2002, Mirage etc), so it wasn't the lofi aliasing beauty, but the horrid kind...I think nothing above C5 (if that) was sampled (it sure seemed that way)...Avoid...I paid $300 on ebay (yes still in 2008) and got $350 for it 3 weeks later...

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-04-2008 at 00:08
Al a part-time user from London, UK writes:
I bought mine about two years ago used from either Ebay or Sound-On-Sound (can't remember which) from a bloke who didn't know much about them. As I've always been keen on Akai kit, I thought I'd go for it and, at sixty quid, it's proved its worth time and again.

In short, it's a belter. You've got two banks of 128 sounds plus two drum banks. It can be run multi-timbrally but, with just a two-digit LED to guide you, I wouldn't advise it. Fear not as even in single mode it's just great.

The sound banks are divided up into sections so you've bass, synth, strings, pads, keyboards (like pianos, organs etc) etc. The bass and top ends are well-defined and, even though this is a rompler, there's so much in the way of variety you can be pretty sure you'll find what you need.

Looking for that classy Prophet 5 bass or shimmering Joy Division ARP string sound? No bother as they're here plus loads more! You can tweak the filter and envelopes a bit and then save them to a filer or librarian program if you're into SysEx commands but it's very plug-and-play in any case.

If you're the sort of player who wants to use analogue sounds live but doesn't fancy paying loads for them or carting old synths about, this could be a solution. For sixty notes, it's a winner. I love mine and would recommend them to anyone...even you!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-20-2006 at 16:56
Carl Ashwin a part-time user from UK writes:
Hmm, lots of good reviews here. Yes there are a reasonable range of sounds in this unit, most of them useable with the exception of the Organs (which sound like a Casio home keyboard) and the E.P's (the note durations of which are too short). My biggest problem with this module as that if you go anywhere above c5 on the keyboard, a large section of the samples completely lose their integrity. It sounds as if Akai only sampled up to C5 and then just spread the final octave up off that one note. I'd have to say that this is a major faux-pas and somewhat frustrating.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-01-2005 at 15:29
Griff a hobbyist user from United Kingdom writes:
Very worthy collection of sounds, if a little heavy in the brass pad department. However, these modules are cheap as chips (I got mine for £60) and you can't argue with a 16-part multitimbral module with 256 editable-ish presets for that sort of money.

I like the drum banks, probably because they cater less for the TR808/909 than they do for that seemingly forgotten stalwart of 80s pop, the Simmons SDS5. I thought music hardware manufacturers had forgotten how fabulous the Simmons kicks and toms sounded, but this fact obviously didn't escape Akai -- well done.

If you've got an SG01V, or you're planning on getting one, get the SG01Edit program (search on Google for "SG01Edit" and you shall find it). It's free, very easy to use, and it gives you access to all the SG01V's somewhat hidden editable parameters.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-18-2004 at 18:32
Ok, so you don't have 25 knobs for real time tweakin', and it's definantly not a looker, but the sounds... it actually sounds like a Minimoog, prophet 5, PPG,etc....UN-BE-LIEVE-ABLE! and you actually have a few voices at your disposal. Of course now a days you can get the sound of the old analogbeasts on your computer, Wine country's PRO-1, Prophets The Minimax(-moog), and the juno 106(whats that one named again?)and the ARP Odyssey (=Oddity)and, well, it sounds very close to the real thing. But so does the Akai, and for people who doesn't really like making music on a PC, this is a great piece of equipment that is easily overlooked. The three controllers on the front panel PHASE, TONE, SPECIAL, are programmed in detail to reminiscient the instrument that it is supposed to sound like. And THAT, is a job well done. It's a fiver

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-31-2003 at 05:51
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