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Akai DPS24
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Submitted: September 6th, 2005
by very happy camper
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Sound Quality
I'd have to say it is a cross between the best analog system and Paris. Very clean, with a detailed stereo panorama. I work with several "big name" studios in LA, and have often received comments like; "How did you get such pristine sound on that?" The converters on this machine are excellent and overall sound quality is top shelf.
Reliability/Durability
Here's where the DPS 24 shines; I've been a DPS 24 user for 4-years now, and in that time I have not had a single crash, lockup, or loss of data. The machine is a rock-solid platform. A Maxtor Diamond 9 Series hard drive is recommended for the most reliable and quiet performance. If your machine has any problems, it may have been shipped with a Seagate drive, which has now become incompatible with the latest operating system. Change out to a Maxtor and you?ll be running smooth as silk!
Price/Value
General Comments
I think the DPS 24 is by far the best sounding platform out there in the under $30k class. Having worked with projects tracked in Pro Tools, Sonar, Nuendo, and Digital Performer, the sonics of the DPS 24 stand out above all these. Sure it takes a bit of work to learn and understand all the many features of this "deep" machine, but after you do, you'll be working smoothly and turning out very "pro" sounding material with a minimum of effort. If you get stumped; buy the instructional DVD and it will help get you going.
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