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Akai S1100 Version 2.0: Adding hard disk recording to your sampler (part 5)

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The Take

If you know how to sample with the S1100, then you know how to record onto
the hard disk. And once you have initiated recording, this is what you will
see:


This is all very familiar with the meter bar on the left and the waveform display.
The only difference is that instead of going on for a minute on a 10 Meg S1100,
it goes on for over 30! – with an optical disk. There are absolutely no problems
with this. When you’re done, then it’s time to edit the take. Going
back to my recital project, since I was intent on chopping out chunks of unwanted
material, I reckoned that the best way to do it would be to record 30 minutes
worth onto the hard disk and edit out the gaps. I reckoned wrong…


Anyone who has worked to any extent with a hard disk recorder/editor will
know that one of their most powerful tricks is being able to chop up a piece
of music into segments and then rearrange those segments the way you want them,
experimenting as you go. It’s a bit of a downer to find that on the S1100
v2.0 you have to record each segment in as a separate take. What’s more,
one of the outstandingly beautiful features of working the hard disk way, usually,
is that any edits you make are simply pointers back to a segment of audio on
disk. You can have several segments, all of which are simply held as edit decisions
on a single piece of audio which always remains unchanged on the disk. Not so
on the S1100 v2.0. Here, one take is one take. If you wanted to have two segments,
one of which was bars 1 to 16 of a song, and the other which was bars 9 to 16,
on the S1100 you would have to record the audio twice, even though part of it
is repeated exactly. Bad mark to Akai for either not realising what hard disk
recording should be all about, or for rationing the features so that their upcoming
hard disk product will have a better defined market niche. Of course, Akai may
be working on this right now this as a future software update. Please, please,
please!


So I couldn’t record in a big chunk and cut it up, therefore I had to
settle down to recording take by take. This I did, and I was able to top and
tail the takes in this screen:


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This screen works pretty well for simple work. You can play through the audio
from a start time that you set in the top left corner. When you stop, a marker
will show the place where you stopped so that you can move either the start
or end marker as necessary. The zoom softkeys enable you to see more detail,
or more of the whole thing. ‘S<>E’ toggles between the start
and the end of the take. ‘Cut’ permanently removes the sections before
the start and after the end markers. I placed my start markers just before the
music started, of course, and the end marker at the point I wanted the applause
to fade out completely. Fading is accomplished in the next part of the process.

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