The Akai MB76 provides simple automated signal routing at a very low cost. The MB76 has 7 inputs and 6 outputs and the ability to route any of the inputs to any. used Akai MB 76 splitter mixerMIDI controlled via PC 32 presetsMix any 7 inputs to any 6 outputsSave presets and recall with MIDI Program. Used together, the Akai MB76 Mix Bay and PEQ6 Equaliser can bring a limited but useful degree of automation to the MIDI-based home studio. Ian Gilby.

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The Ibanez didn’t seem to offer quite the same features as the Akai.

Akai MB76 Editor and Librarian

Well, imagine you don’t own a mixing desk but have three instruments you would like to add reverb to. It’s even worse than writing down the control settings of an analogue modular synth on a patch sheet!! Searchable archive of old, out-of-print music production magazines. Previous Article in this issue Korg Performing Synthesizer. Obviously there was no way Akai could fit faders on a 1U high box, but the MB76 is not intended to be a replacement for a mixer, it is designed for those occasions when several levels need to be balanced and then left.

It allows you to route your signal to different pieces of equipment FX processors, etc. Although each band acts over a fairly broad range, above and below the quoted centre frequencies, there are inevitable gaps in the frequency spectrum not covered by the PEQ6, so it is best used in conjunction with a secondary source of equalisation like a multi-band parametric this is true of any graphic EQ which offers only a handful of bands.

The way this is designed is that you are able to patch any of the 7 inputs to any of the 6 outputs. Please include your email address if you want to be contacted regarding your note. Real time tracking and display of edited vs. Each input has a trim pot so that you can attenuate akaii signal coming in.


On the front panel, each input source has its own Input Trim rotary control and an associated red LED. Transfer patches from the bank into the editor with manual or auto save options. Like all of their products, the Akai MB76 is well-built and pleasing on the eye I far prefer Akai’s pale grey panels to morbid black ones, any day!! Any one of the 16 channels can be used. I think this is a good unit for what it does.

Intuitive multi-patch drag and drop interface to copy, paste, or swap patches within the current bank or with other banks. Automatic import of SysEx data stored in. Next article in this issue: Having said that, you could just about get away with this technique on certain types of non-dynamic music, where gradual level changes akaai not demanded, and a snapshot style of mixing could still be a handy tool in the right situation.

You can display, edit, tweak, organize, audition, archive and manage your MB76 from the focal point of your studio. Create Logic environment files containing the MB76 patch names.

Having done this, you then assign the inputs to a chosen output which you select by incrementing the Output button until the required number is shown in the main LED display. I am sure there are other uses you mn76 find for it. Unlimited Undo with auditionable history for risk free editing and experimentation.


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If you’re enjoying the site, please consider supporting me to help build this archive It a,ai helps – thank you! It appeared to add no noise of its own to the signal chain arid when switching from one Bank to another remotely via MIDI, there were no audible clicks or pops, which was comforting.

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If you do wish to vary the levels however, to produce a ‘mix’ of the inputs, simply adjust the rotary controls to suit just as you would set the faders on a mixer. The programmable nature of the device is very appealing – there’s nothing worse than having to arduously reset the EQ controls by hand on multiple mixer channels, in readiness for a mix.

Each graphic editor is custom designed with logically grouped parameters to provide fast and easy editing off SysEx parameters. Review by Ian Gilby. Incidentally, when Bank 00 is selected, the level controls can be manually adjusted in real time, thus acting as rotary faders. The PEQ6 is a seven-band graphic equaliser – or rather, akal seven-band graphic equalisers in one box! Login or Sign Up.

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Choosing the latter option allows for a certain degree of automation, where MIDI Program Changes can be recorded on a sequencer track at appropriate points in the music and sent to the Mix Bay to select a program Bank. The front panel knobs will still be set to their previous positions whenever a new Bank is selected. You can of course patch more than one input to any output and vice-versa.

The more advanced versions of Midi Quest include additional features such as plug-in capabilities, patch generators, and advanced tools to manage larger MIDI systems and patch collections.

The seven inputs are designed for connecting instrument sources such as keyboards and guitar, though they could be used with high impedance microphones typically those fitted with jack plugs as opposed to XLRs.