One option that isn't present (but I bet Akai will have it ready for me by
the next software update) is Copy and Append. One thing the DR8 isn't all that
good at, compared to a computer based system like Digidesign's Sound Designer
and Audiomedia II card, is stereo editing. Snipping out sections of audio to
compile a finished master, perhaps a CD master or an extended version of a song,
is a slow and painstaking process. I would like to be able to mark out a section
of audio on two tracks, and copy it to a new pair of tracks, placing it exactly
at the end of any audio already of those tracks, or with a definable silent
period in between. I know you're going to do it Akai. How long will it take?
During overdubbing and editing there is an important accessory that doesn't
appear in the Akai catalogue – a notebook. When you work with a computer system
you don't need to take notes because the software will allow you to enter any
information you need directly onto the screen. But since the DR8 doesn't have
a screen then you will have to improvise. As I said earlier, I don't mind at
all not having to look at a computer monitor for hours on end. Keeping a note
of locate points is a small price to pay.