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Akai AX-73
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Submitted: September 11th, 2001
by gzifcak
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Sound Quality
the presets are dated and silly. there are a few of them that i've used with only slight modification. i've come up with very expressive sounds on my own. plasticky acid zipper sounds, huge reese basslines, booms, hums, electro stabs. techno it does. it also does really fierce earbreaking noises if you're not careful in your experimentation. i never feel the need to get as abrasive as the extreme settings allow. i wouldn't say the sound quality is "pristine" in terms of clarity, because there is a little bit of noise, but for the expressiveness it's a 10.
Reliability/Durability
i haven't had a problem with it yet, except for one key which is just starting to get finicky, probably from dust. i've moved with it several times, without a case or anything. it's huge (73 keys), which is nice in a roomy studio, but i have very limited space and find it kind of in the way of my other gear sometimes. it does have a lot of blank space on its panel for drum machines, mousepads, etc.
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General Comments
if it were lost or stolen i'd be devastated because it's my only controller and only synth apart from a tx81z (which i hardly ever have the patience for). this is my main thing, other than drum machines. i don't know what else could compare.
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