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Re-read the thread and you'll find links to freeware that will import the AKAI sample format. Also, if you're on <Win2000 there is the old version of CDXtract that supposedly works to convert AKAI and ROLAND formats, and is free to download, too. Haven't tried that myself though. I also posted that Translator Free link.

Also for 30 days you can use the Awave demo. May be a pain though as it doesn't convert collections in the demo.

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Check that out. I'm not sure myself, I'd rather you go on other more experienced people's words than mine. I'm relying on this stuff working when my stuff arrives. *sigh* Almost 10 days and my stuff has only just reached Memphis.

Edit: Note - Paax is not compatible with ROLAND samples, it is capable of importing AKAI S5000/6000 samples (.akp files) though.

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Yikes. That sure hurts the discount. I'll grab a couple of these CDs while I can and look into the converter when I can afford it.

According to Unknown (Ty), the CDxtract demo let's you convert one folder at a time. However, it considers the entire CD as one folder, so you SHOULD be able to use that to convert to soundfont.

In regards to the Guitar + bass programming.. you're going to want some sort of sampler like Kontakt, Halion, or VSampler to reprogram it. It is very poorly programmed to begin with. There are different patches for high/low regions on the keyboards and soft and loud velocities.

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You want features, you want accessability, you want good handling, you have to pay money. That's how it is. It's not like you don't get anything as "bonus".

But face the truth... good stuff is not free. And if it's cheap, it's years old or on group buy. Stop whining, we had to pay for our stuff, too. And on this boards, we've written a couple of times how to get stuff cheaper, you just have to look.

If you're not patient enough to do so, or don't feel like it, maybe making music is your wrong hobby.

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Yikes. That sure hurts the discount. I'll grab a couple of these CDs while I can and look into the converter when I can afford it.

According to Unknown (Ty), the CDxtract demo let's you convert one folder at a time. However, it considers the entire CD as one folder, so you SHOULD be able to use that to convert to soundfont.

In regards to the Guitar + bass programming.. you're going to want some sort of sampler like Kontakt, Halion, or VSampler to reprogram it. It is very poorly programmed to begin with. There are different patches for high/low regions on the keyboards and soft and loud velocities.

hmm you could probably even make a sfz patch for it (if you had sfz+ anyways).

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VSTi's maybe (hell I like my Synth1 and SuperWaveP8). But not "really good" samples. Average to good samples, yeah - if you know how to handle and mix them. But what he asks is "uber-hot shit", and best for free.

And that won't happen unless he goes the illegal way.

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Yikes. That sure hurts the discount. I'll grab a couple of these CDs while I can and look into the converter when I can afford it.

According to Unknown (Ty), the CDxtract demo let's you convert one folder at a time. However, it considers the entire CD as one folder, so you SHOULD be able to use that to convert to soundfont.

In regards to the Guitar + bass programming.. you're going to want some sort of sampler like Kontakt, Halion, or VSampler to reprogram it. It is very poorly programmed to begin with. There are different patches for high/low regions on the keyboards and soft and loud velocities.

the demo of CDXtract won't recognize QL Brass, unfortunately (although I think zirc pointed out that neither does the full version, right?).

however, as far as the Ultimate Piano Collection goes, for example, the library is split up into quite a few partitions, each with several volumes, and each volume containing several programs. the first of these programs in every volume contains the entire chromatic note range for that piano. the CDXtract demo only lets the user save the first program of any volume (although you can save as many samples as you like, so IF you can program well, then you're set -- provided you've got some serious excess time and energy). therefore, those of you who bought the piano collection but don't have a conversion program nor the money to buy one right now, just grab the demo and make do until you can buy it.

seriously though, it's already been recommended to me more than once (and I'm beginning to whole-heartedly agree) -- GET A CONVERSION PROGRAM, especially if you're looking at an extended interest in computer music.

but yeah, just thought I'd clarify. also, mods, if promoting using a demo isn't cool with you and/or it borders on inappropriate discussion (along the lines of piracy, I guess?), feel free to delete this and let me know for future reference.

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Ditto that.

I can't afford CDXtract right away, but the demo is more than enough to hold me over for now. If computer music is only a hobby for you and you're not willing to shell out money for a conversion program or appropriate sampler, you shouldn't worry about high quality samples either.

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addendum:

as far as I can tell, CDXtract CAN in fact read and convert QL Brass -- rather than trying to load the disc by the conventional Disc menu, go through the Files menu instead. (hopefully everyone who reads this understands where those two are and what the difference is? D: )

also, for you demo users, while you're limited to converting the first program, you can also convert the entire directory -- it will come out as one huge soundfont bank, but you can then extract those soundfonts individually. happy creative-problem-solving!

EDIT:

disregard most of the above. ALL YOU NEED TO DO is click save after you've selected the entire folder of .akp files. CDXtract will do the rest for you. :D

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Got my stuff through the post. Missing an item and the invoice included in the package was different to the one they confirmed via e-mail. I'm going to e-mail them and see what happened to my other item. I'll experiment with each of the CDs later and see what they're like. The brass was definately the best deal, though.

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Seems like some stuff is out of stock/print and got removed. This way the invoice got changed too. The same happened with my order. There was an FX audio CD in there which is now out of print/stock. So they removed it from the list.

Would have been nice however if we'd known that sooner via eMail or something, so that we could have add more material to the order, which makes shipping (especially international) more cheap. I mean... the hell FedEx charges extra 7,80bucks to the VAT and regular import tax lately, no matter if you want it or not. They call it "management taxes".

I paid more for shipping, handling and tax than what I paid for the samples! o_O

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Seems like some stuff is out of stock/print and got removed. This way the invoice got changed too. The same happened with my order. There was an FX audio CD in there which is now out of print/stock. So they removed it from the list.

Would have been nice however if we'd known that sooner via eMail or something, so that we could have add more material to the order, which makes shipping (especially international) more cheap. I mean... the hell FedEx charges extra 7,80bucks to the VAT and regular import tax lately, no matter if you want it or not. They call it "management taxes".

I paid more for shipping, handling and tax than what I paid for the samples! o_O

I did too. I've contacted them about it anyway, because my invoices didn't agree with each other. Customer service is important in online companies so I'm sure I'll find out what happened, I would have ordered something else otherwise, because the shipping / tax exceeded the price of the samples.

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A pity that BestService rarely makes "sales" or groupbuys. Here you get stuff fair priced with less shipping costs - INTERNATIONAL!

But... well... it's still okay. I purchased stuff that cost 500+bucks for like... 40bucks plus 42bucks extra for shipping and handling. Still a fair deal.

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disregard most of the above. ALL YOU NEED TO DO is click save after you've selected the entire folder of .akp files. CDXtract will do the rest for you. :D

Wow! You're right!

The makers of CDXtract apparently don't understand the concept of "demo" "limitations" :( but hey, it's legal, or close enough!

Thanks for the tip :) to make it a little bit clearer for others, click the blue "Files" drop-down in the upper left below the menu-bar, then select "Convert batch..." - you would think that they would have disabled batch conversion, but it works fine, as far as I can tell. I transferred all of the AKAI S-5000 files to HD first, just so I have them, and ran CDXtract on the folder on the HD rather than on the individual CD's, but it should work either way...

EDIT: anybody else find QLBrass's 3B SUSFF to be... strangely non-FF?

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