Adventures In Audio
Akai DPS12 Digital Personal Studio (part 5)

David Mellor

David Mellor is CEO and Course Director of Audio Masterclass. David has designed courses in audio education and training since 1986 and is the publisher and principal writer of Adventures In Audio.

Thursday January 1, 2004
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Conclusions

Despite a few problem areas the Akai DPS12 is still cute and I still want one. Having twelve tracks rather than the eight available in other units of this type opens up new horizons of recording, and the internal removable-media Jaz drive is a blessing. The performance of the digital mixer is excellent, particularly the EQ. Editing features are to the point and appropriate for a standalone disk recorder. What I would like to see in a software update for the DPS12 would be a proper buss structure with groups you can mix into in the normal way. The problem with occasional clicks at punch-in points also needs attention. Despite these points, I expect the DPS12 to be a great seller for Akai and anyone needing a compact portable studio for home or pro use should give this unit a good close look.

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