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Akai S2800 and S3000 Digital Samplers (part 4)


Select Program

Assuming you have managed to load some material (not too much of a problem
I think), then this is the place to arrange for its performance. The main screen
will tell you the name of the disk volume, if it has one, and show you the programs
that are available together with their MIDI program numbers. Rotate the data
wheel to select the one you want. Of course, you’ll want to be more adventurous
than this. Perhaps you need to renumber the programs, either to get them into
a more logical order or to give some the same number so they can be active simultaneously.
Press the RNUM (Renumber) function key. This page is slightly different to the
older range with function keys labelled All, Slip and Set. ‘All’ allows
you to set quickly every program to the same program number (useful for multitimbral
MIDI sequencing). With ‘Slip’ you can adjust one program and all higher
number programs will be offset by the same number. ‘Set’ allows you
to renumber programs individually. The improvement here over what was previously
available is that you never forget to press the Go button (there isn’t
one!) and lose all your carefully made settings.

The Mix page (similar to the S1000 v3.0 and S1100) is something I rarely use
personally but I can well see why it’s there. If you are building up a
sequenced composition within the S3000 then this is where you can set the levels,
panning, individual output and effects level for each program. If this were
a physical device, it could be a console with an awful lot of faders. I think
it’s more practical the way it is. I hardly use the MIDI page myself either
but once again I can see why many find it important. It allows control over
the MIDI channel of each program, the key range it will respond to, the number
of notes available for polyphony, the priority it has over other programs, and
a transposition interval. Multitimbralists would probably be turning to this
page all the time to make the necessary comprises if there were only sixteen
voices available. With thirty-two voices, they probably won’t have to.

The Disk function key under the heading of ‘Select Program’ offers
a load only function. I find that it’s convenient to use this with my optical
disk library because it saves me pushing the Save or Delete buttons by mistake.
I have lost valuable data in the past because the only protection mechanism
available is the little slider on the disk. Any update to the S3000 software
really should include a ‘Protect Program and Sample’ or ‘Protect
Volume’ function.

S1000 and S1100 users will have noticed that if they want to delete one unused
program from several currently held in memory, that it often takes quite some
time. In fact an inordinate amount of time with an expanded memory. My tests
with the S3000 showed that deletion of programs and samples is instantaneous.
A significant improvement.

The provision of digital effects on the S3000 is interesting. Effects 1 to
20 all have names suggesting reverb of some kind (Large Room, Plate etc) but
they all sound like a triple repeat echo. Of course, the reason for this is
that reverb is not provided on the S3000 (only on the S3200), but the FX page
doesn’t take any account of this. It could be confusing to someone who
doesn’t have access to the manual. The last of the function keys under
the Select Program heading is the Mute key which simply turns off the effects.

David Mellor

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