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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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. As the PEQ6 is effectively six independent equalisers combined, you can connect up to six different sources and equalise them individually, storing the settings of all six equalisers in one memory Bank.
Trouble is, there are only 32 Banks and no external data storage is possible. Autosense automatically configures communication for most MIDI hardware.
As with the MB76, the PEQ6 works fine provided you don’t wish to make frequent changes to the control knobs. 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.
In this way, up to seven different instruments could mb776 routed to up to five different effects processors, keeping the sixth output of the MB76 to carry a dry mix of the seven instruments.
You can display, edit, tweak, organize, audition, archive and manage your MB76 from the focal point of your studio.
Sound Quest Akai MB76 Editor/Librarian
These are well positioned mb766 provide control over most of the useful and troublesome frequency spots people encounter when recording, though the scope is obviously nowhere near as flexible as a good parametric.
If you intend using the MB76 purely as an audio patchbay, to route inputs to outputs in the conventional manner, then obviously there will be no need to vary the levels and so the Trim controls should be set fully clockwise for unity gain. I am sure there are other uses you could find for it. Next article in this issue How It Works: It has 7 inputs and 6 outputs. bm76
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Those inputs that are not required as part of a particular routing patch or mix can be turned off using their Trim control, or simply not included when defining the program. The problem is, there is no means by which you can tell what the recalled volume level is.
Real Time Updates – all parameter edits are automatically sent to the ajai so the instrument stays in sync with your editor. Although seven bands of equalisation is pretty restrictive as far as graphic equalisers go, at least Akai have done their homework and chosen an excellent range of frequencies for the bands they do provide – 63Hz, Hz, Hz, 1kHz, 2.
The seven inputs are designed for connecting akaii sources such as keyboards and guitar, though they could be used with high ajai microphones typically those fitted with jack plugs as opposed to XLRs. Obviously there was no way Akai could nb76 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.
I tried this but it proved difficult to produce a satisfactorily smooth change – 32 successive snapshots m7b6 per Bank is too few to produce anything other than a very noticeable, akak level change, however close together they occurred. Create Pro ToolsAkal and Ardour compatible midnam xml files with patch names. My solution to this problem has been to purchase a second MB Incidentally, when Bank 00 is selected, the level controls can be manually adjusted in real time, thus acting as rotary faders.
Transfer patches from the bank into the editor with manual or auto save options. In the recording studio, this ability allows MIDI to be applied to a growing number of tasks where some degree of automatic switching or selection is envisaged, the most obvious application being an audio patchbay or jackfield.
It allows you to route your signal to different pieces of equipment FX processors, etc. I think this is a good unit for what it does. Automatic import of SysEx data stored in.
There are three ways in which to recall a mix from memory: So how is this feat of ingenuity possible? The MB76 is aptly named. There is a simple way around this with the MByou could either assign the same three instruments to a second output as well, if you wanted a combined direct ‘dry only’ signal for instance, or you could assign each instrument its own dedicated output as well as routing it to the combined output that feeds the reverb, thus retaining maximum flexibility.
Parameter Editing – any way you want to 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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Aksi can of course patch more than one input to any output and vice-versa. Review by Ian Gilby. This unit is midi controllable. Patch Bank and Patch. 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 aiai best used in conjunction with a secondary source of equalisation like a multi-band qkai this is true of any graphic EQ which offers only a handful of bands.
Ian Gilby explains how. Win 8 x64Win 7 x64Vista x64XP x Login or Sign Up. Create Logic environment files containing the MB76 patch names.
Integrate the MB76 with your DAW and use it the same way as a soft-synth or run the editor as a separate application connected to your MB