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DirectWave, which is an optional plugin that can be used with FL (costs money), MIGHT be able to load Akai. Not sure though. I doubt they'll implement Akai conversion functionality when there are already utilities that do it.

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I'm curious. Is there anyway you could play the AKAI sound on it's own, and using something else that records from your soundcard, you could record that as a wav file? Instead of having to spend 140 bucks on that CDXtract? (Why oh why must we pay $140 just to get some samples we're already paying for to load in FL Studio...)

AKAI CDs are a specific file format with program patches linked to WAV files. Old Hardware didn't work like Windows or Mac OS now, but had an own OS system. So nothing is "packed", it's just a different disk format.

A little bit of research would have spared you your section question, too. There're cheaper tools available for "converting" or even "loading AKAI" natively. Though you need to keep in mind that there're different AKAI formats existing: 1000 up to 5000 if I can still remember. But most samplepacks are in either 1000 or 3000.

Here are some hints:

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/1351.html

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/66.html

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/1388.html

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/198.html

There was another native VSTi that even looked like an AKAI sampler, but I can't find that anymore, and it cost a bit. Well I use Halion anyway so no need for that.

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Old (1999) shareware version of CDXtract but I think it only works on Win 98/95.

Translator Free but it has a limited amount of conversions.

But probably most relevant is Paax (CompyFox linked to it above). It's a sample player and supports Akai, SF2 and Wav files. The free version has 64 polyphony and can't load Wav files unless they are 8/16 bit. The pro version is $29.90.

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Don't expect AKAI to go higher than 44kHz/16bit. Unlessthe 5000 format was 24bit (which I'm sure it wasn't) - wasn't that much into AKAI. But 44kHz/16bit was the limit. You can expect more with GIGA, but this is a complete different world.

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Steve Smith Rhythmic Journey has a serviceable set of oneshots of different velocities. That is more or less what I use when I just need good acoustic drums. It also has a lot of premade acoustic loops (primarily rock/pop) which is nice if you don't have any ideas. Clearmountain II has some very cool samples but the formatting is bad (it's audio TRACKS so you have to manually slice everything). If you're willing to do some extra work though you'll find some good material. That's all I have from that list.

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Don't expect AKAI to go higher than 44kHz/16bit. Unlessthe 5000 format was 24bit (which I'm sure it wasn't) - wasn't that much into AKAI. But 44kHz/16bit was the limit. You can expect more with GIGA, but this is a complete different world.

For CD quality mixes, does it really matter if its 16 or 24?

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Thanks for this link :)

Anyone have any tips on ULTIMATE STRINGS ROLAND or Quantum Leap Brass? Demo's for Brass were pretty great, strings not so much, but I think both will be helpful for me to layer with my current orchestral library (Philharmonik is great, but I need something more "generic" to mix in with it so it doesn't sound so emotional all the time). Anybody own/have heard of either of these libraries?

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Don't expect AKAI to go higher than 44kHz/16bit. Unlessthe 5000 format was 24bit (which I'm sure it wasn't) - wasn't that much into AKAI. But 44kHz/16bit was the limit. You can expect more with GIGA, but this is a complete different world.

For CD quality mixes, does it really matter if its 16 or 24?

It's really debatable. I have both 16bit and 24bit samples and hell if I can hear any substantial difference.

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Don't expect AKAI to go higher than 44kHz/16bit. Unlessthe 5000 format was 24bit (which I'm sure it wasn't) - wasn't that much into AKAI. But 44kHz/16bit was the limit. You can expect more with GIGA, but this is a complete different world.

For CD quality mixes, does it really matter if its 16 or 24?

If you work with effects anyway, and the internal mixing engine works on a 32bit floating point base, who cares. The stuff is dithered down so the "bits" were fully used with information anyway. ;)

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This may be completely redundant, but the sample CDs that were listed on the site are compitable in Reason 3.0, correct? I'm assuming the NN-XT will handle them, if not others. Just want to make sure.

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This may be completely redundant, but the sample CDs that were listed on the site are compitable in Reason 3.0, correct? I'm assuming the NN-XT will handle them, if not others. Just want to make sure.

incorrect. NN-XT will not sample the vast majority of those formats.

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As you can read on the "reverse engineering spec sheet", AKAI S5000 is still hardware. AKAI bare went into software tools. They had a VST effects pack once, but I don't recall an "official sampler", though I remember one being for the S1000 - then again it was a third party one.

Anyway:

The latest Halion and Kontakt should easily load that format. If not,get CDXtract or look for "conversion tools" over at KVR. There're at least 2 if I can still remember.

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