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A complete system with absolute audio quality and loaded with pro features.

The Akai DPS24 24-Track Digital Personal Studio is professional grade, and it's loaded with amazing features. 24 tracks of uncompressed 16/24-bit linear recording at 32/44.1/48/96kHz offer pristine audio quality and maximum flexibility. 46-channel, 20-bus mixer with 100mm touch-sensitive, motorized faders offers 256 levels of undo/redo, copy, cut, paste, insert, move, and more. Generous complement of dedicated function keys and easy-to-use transport keys. DSP functions include timestretch, pitch shift, BPM match, reverse, and normalize. 100 nameable locate positions per project. I/O includes 8-channel digital plus a 16-channel expansion option with ADAT sync. 24 balanced analog inputs (12 are XLR combo). A Hi-Z guitar input is included on front panel. Balanced inserts are provided on inputs 1-4. 60GB internal drive and CD burner.

FEATURES
  • 24-track hard disk recorder
  • 16/24-bit linear recording with no data compression for artifact-free audio
  • 32/44.1/48/96kHz sampling rates for variable bandwidth
  • 100mm capacitive touch-sensitive motorized faders for professional mix resolution
  • 5-fader bank keys for instant access to all mixer inputs/tracks/groups/sends/returns/MIDI mixer and master outs
  • User bank enables custom mix configurations
  • Dynamics processing (Compressor, Limiter, and Noise Gate)
  • 3-band swept EQ with parametric mid on all mixer inputs
  • 46-channel/20-bus/8-group/8-FX/AUX digital mixer
  • Dynamic and Scene mixer automation with automation saved to project audio
  • Q-Strip gives quick and convenient access to pan and effects/aux sends
  • Q-channel puts an entire channel of controls (pan, EQ, and sends) at your fingertips
  • Collar of LEDs around the control shows each control's position with midpoint LEDs
  • Solo-In-Place: maintains solo stereo integrity
  • 24 dedicated track Record/Edit select keys
  • Main and near-field monitor outputs with A/B switch
  • Studio outputs feed independent monitor mix to artist monitor system
  • 2-track tape/CD input with dedicated console switch
  • Nondestructive realtime Edit Suite features sample-accurate, multichannel, graphic waveform editing and edit clipboard
  • Off-line stereo DSP edit functions include: Phase-coherent Time Stretch, Pitch Shift, BPM Matching, Varispeed, Normalize, and Reverse
  • Multi-levels of undo/redo
  • Up to 256 freely assignable virtual tracks
  • Dedicated transport keys with special edit play keys (play to, play from, play over, and play in/out loop)
  • Hi-Resolution jog/shuttle wheel for multitrack scrubbing
  • Dedicated Q-Link Navigation keys enable instant access
  • 6 Q-Link knobs on LCD Pod provide realtime control and auditioning of effects and other system parameters
  • Autolocator with 100 namable locate points per project
  • External sync to SMPTE (optional) and MIDI timecode
  • 4-channel 56-bit effects processor with 4 mono inputs, 4 stereo outputs, and over 50 realtime effects
  • CD Mastering Suite features:
  • -Built-in CD recorder for master archiving or audio CD burning
  • -Stereo Q-Tracks enable true 24-to-2 mixdown
  • -Stereo Multi-Band Compressor/Limiter/Expander
  • -Dithered bit-reduction and sample-rate conversion enable 16-bit/44.1kHz audio prints from 24-bit/48 or 96kHz masters
  • Archive function enables backup of original multitrack masters across multiple CDs
  • Redbook audio CD assembly
  • 60GB internal IDE HD offers over 5 hours of recording time (24 tracks @ 24-bit/48kHz or 12 tracks @ 24-bit/96kHz)
  • Main features (rear panel):
  • 24 balanced analog inputs (12 x 2 banks) reduce the need for repatching. Bank A uses balanced XLR/jack combo sockets and Bank B uses balanced TRS jacks (banks are channel selectable)
  • Balanced send/return inserts on inputs 1-4. Sends can be used as a channel direct out and the returns enable direct balanced
  • A/D converter connection (DPS mic-pre bypass) for external mic preamps
  • 48V phantom power on inputs 1-4
  • Direct box impedance switching (instrument or mic/line) on input 12
  • Assignable footswitch input can accommodate Alesis LRC for transport control
  • Multipurpose Light Pipe optical digital audio in/out (standard) switchable 8-channel ADAT or stereo S/PDIF, plus coaxial S/PDIF
  • word clock I/O defaults to send, switchable to receive
  • MIDI in/out/thru receives MTC and MMC and sends MTC, MMC, MIDI clock, and realtime MIDI control data
  • USB ak.Sys port for PC/MAC communication and O/S upgrades
  • PS2 keyboard port for faster project/track/scene/locate point/effects/patch, etc. naming
  • 4 expansion slots for optional interfaces
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4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fully Pro, Just beautiful

After shopping, homework on the internet and listening in on a lot of these boards as well as a lengthy in-store demo I got the DPS24. The VS is no doubt a wonderful...Read complete review

After shopping, homework on the internet and listening in on a lot of these boards as well as a lengthy in-store demo I got the DPS24. The VS is no doubt a wonderful machine, but for me the Akai was clearly ahead in several areas. First off, price wise the two are nearly identical. To truly compare them, you would first have to buy I effect card for the Roland so they both had 4. You would also have to buy the Roland with the CDR/RW drive since it is standard on the Akai. Finally, the display on the Roland is seemingly almost besides the point, whereas the display on the Akai is fine as is so you would have to buy at least some kind of display for the Roland which would actually make a VS2480 of similar function more expensive than a DPS24. Interestingly, the overall sound of the Akai (including eq, mic pres and effects) seemed somewhat "better" than that of the Roland to me. The "control surface" of the Akai (especially those great faders) had a definitely more "pro" feel to it and the Q-strip, Q-channel and Q-knobs make getting around the unit a breeze. The overall layout just seemed more intuitive, but this is clearly a subjective area. Importantly, there is no data compression scheme on the AKAI, all audio is recorded without compression?.and you can hear it. There is more ?air? and clarity in the high end, and the bottom is fat. Also, the Akai is a true 24 bit machine with no loss of simultaneous record tracks or playback tracks.Now that I've had the unit for about 6 weeks, it has only gotten better. OS upgrades are coming at a steady pace of around 1/month. Support has been fairly responsive about answering both e-mails and phone calls and akaisys networking software and VST plugin implementation are taking shape. The first Akai VST plugins are now on their site. The VST thing is apparently going to be a real plus since it leaves the possibility of expansion wide open, both by the basic USB connection for track/waveform/meter display, and the interface card by which the VST host will run (and who knows what else). Bottom line, both are great machines that can do more than 95% of the buyers will ever call on them to do (myself included). Both can produce fully professional masters with the ease and other benefits (small space, affordability, all-in-one connectivity etc.)that have made DAWs such a hit in the first place. Personal preference and the idiosyncrasies of the individual will undoubtedly figure greatly also, and that is what makes a horse race. The prospective buyer needs to take the time to really look at these two machines before spending what is (for me at least) a big chunk of dinero. Ultimately, the DPS24 is just a more ?pro? machine and it seems that precious few (if any) sacrifices were made by the designers in both the areas of sonic quality and in the beautiful hardware, where the Roland unit feels more ?toy like?, although it?s admittedly a powerful and expensive toy. Hell, I get a chuckle just from turning the thing on! One last point, any of you thinking about a computer-based setup?..there?s nothing like being able to reach out and grab a real knob or fader?have you seen the prices for the ?control surfaces? for those things? Setups like Pro Tools are really incredible, but there really is something to be said for having an entirely integrated system-in a-box (especially for stability issues) and here you can easily transport a fully functional 24 track studio to either a gig or a remote location. It blows my mind that having a fully functional 24 track digital studio is even possible for this many people, coming from a tape-based background, let alone having choices...isn't technology great!?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Only if you like complication and BBS searching

The manual explains WHAT functions do but NEVER HOW to implement them. I am very apt at technical issues (being a Unix Admin Specialist). I've been playing, recording and songwriting professionally for...Read complete review

The manual explains WHAT functions do but NEVER HOW to implement them. I am very apt at technical issues (being a Unix Admin Specialist). I've been playing, recording and songwriting professionally for over 30 years but the DPS24 is the most stubbornly frustrating single piece of equipment I've EVER owned. Expect no help from the manual. It took me a full 8 hours to lay down my one and only guitar track and while listening to it, the system locked up with a DOS error forcing me to hard-power the unit off.Thus, I cannot honestly recommend the unit because you will not be able to fully evaluate it within the 45-day return period and then, it's too late.It seems like a good unit - the graphical GUI screen is VERY VERY well done and is intuitive to navigate within it but the functionality of the machine itself is total confusion. I am NOT a novice user, I am an experienced songwriter and I don't feel like enrolling in MIT to figure this unit out. unit returned.

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5.0

Crystal clear sound

By Wannabe-7.4f3

from Arizona

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I was contemplating the purchase of this or the roland. After reading online reviews, I chose this. And I am glad that I have. The sound is incredible. The silence is truly amazing. There is no noise in this machine at all.I am still learining the power and benefits of this machine.THE downfall of this machine is the owners manual. They may as well not print one at all. It could not be worse. It will teach you absolutely nothing. Quite a large deviation. The machine is as good as it can be while the manual is as bad.There is an online message board just for this machine. Become a member when you buy it and learn from them. You will not regret this purchase.

 
5.0

it's all about the sound

By alex-L7j2e

from gloucester, nc

have owned it for a year now,,, awesome piece of gear and akai support is the best. we are now on ver 1.45b and looking fwd to ver 1.5 soon

 
2.0

Only if you like complication and BBS searching

By Bware

from Lancaster, CA

The manual explains WHAT functions do but NEVER HOW to implement them. I am very apt at technical issues (being a Unix Admin Specialist). I've been playing, recording and songwriting professionally for over 30 years but the DPS24 is the most stubbornly frustrating single piece of equipment I've EVER owned. Expect no help from the manual. It took me a full 8 hours to lay down my one and only guitar track and while listening to it, the system locked up with a DOS error forcing me to hard-power the unit off.Thus, I cannot honestly recommend the unit because you will not be able to fully evaluate it within the 45-day return period and then, it's too late.It seems like a good unit - the graphical GUI screen is VERY VERY well done and is intuitive to navigate within it but the functionality of the machine itself is total confusion. I am NOT a novice user, I am an experienced songwriter and I don't feel like enrolling in MIT to figure this unit out. unit returned.

 
5.0

screaming in digital

By bluesman71

from tennessee

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don't be turned away by some of the reviews that state how hard this machine is to use cause it's worth every minute you put into learning it. my experience before working on the dps24 was primarily with analog machines. the drummer in my band purchased this unit and the studio is in my house where the dps resides and it took me about three weeks,with limited time to dedicate to this unit,to become comfortable with it. this unit is awesome and the learning curve is not as high as some let on. the manual is decent and their is a place on line you can go that is,dpsworld sean's tips and tricks that is very helpful, so much so that i think a person with no recording experience can be recording tracks quickly. a couple of things sean does leave out is 1 make sure you got your signal going to the disc tracks or you're not recording anything, 2 is mix down and cd writing which is explained well in the manual. this unit is all you need to make some really awesome recordings. you can do everything from basic tracks to adding effects from 4 different processors to mastering, mix down to two track and finally write to cd all in one machine. if you don't have any equipment at all to record i suggest to get one of the package deals they are well worth the extra money. over all this unit is designed very well and somewhat easy considering how complex this unit really is. i would highly recommend the purchase of the dps 24. in 3 weeks leaning the machine with very limited time i have already recorded, put effects on, mixed down and written to cd 1 song using 20 of the 24 tracks on it. i'm no brain surgeon its not that hard.don't be afraid of this machine. experiment around and this thing opens up like a book.

 
5.0

Great Machine

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I like the rest took a few months to master this machine with a lot of calls to Sean at Akai. They moved him out of the help line and boy was I sorry, back to figuring out things on my own. However, now this machine has opened up and I get around so fast it's the best thing going many many great features. EQ, effects are awesome. Very quite and great to use. Throw the manual in the garbage NO HELP! I just kept bugging Akai until I was satisified. Thanks Sean, get back on the help desk. You know this machine, like no one.

 
4.0

Awesome but frustrating

By Rexinator-Z6Azs

from Reno, NV

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I was elated to see the review posted by Digitmaster from LA (1/5/05), as I thought I was the only one out there who was struggling with the DPS24. I've owned my DPS for about a month, and I concur 100% with Digitmaster's review. I think it's great that Muscian's Friend will post commentary like this, because someone needs to set the record straight about the challenges of operating the DPS24 and the frustrating experience that one can have trying to make headway on this machine. Akai definitely needs to do something about the instruction manual, as it does not even begin to explain any of the basic functions. I have read the manual twice (and I'm good with these things) and have spent hours on line trying to get help, but still haven't made much progress. I am coming to the conclusion that the DPS24 is appropriate for persons who have fairly extensive studio experience or lots of spare time to experiment. Like Digitmaster, I am a musician and not a studio geek. But I am not a novice to home recording. In fact, I have owned the Yamaha AW16G for about three years and have produced over 50 high quality songs. [I submitted a review on that model.] I think I must be spoiled by the beautiful instruction manual that came with the Yamaha machine, because the one for the DPS24 left me shockingly disappointed. I'm sure that the DPS24 performs wonderfully, once you get your arms around it, but I do not have months of free time to fight my way through figuring it out. It looks awesome on my workbench, and all of my friends were drooling over it. But I'm very tempted to put the Yamaha back on line and sell my Akai on Ebay. I was looking for a step up in quality with the DPS24, and I'm sure it holds that promise, but it appears doubtful that I will be able to take advantage of this.

 
4.0

Fantastic Sound Quality

By Mike Pope

from Murrieta, CA

The DPS 24 is a professional level machine with an amazingly broad feature set. Certainly it is expected that learning such a complex machine takes a bit of time (just ask any Pro Tools user!) For those who are impatient, or who may want to learn the features and shortcuts quicker, instructional videos are available from wfstudios.net The newest release "Straightline" is targeted at new users and even features a video "Quick Start Guide" to get you tracking fast. Once you learn this machine, you will be blown away with the sound quality of what you can produce with it.

 
5.0

Without dobt the greatest machine ever created!

By DJ-501

from Pheonix, AZ

The desingn of this machine is basicly flawless, ecxept it's a bit complex, it'll take a good month or two to fully understand.

 
5.0

Best 24-tracker out there.

By Fade13

from Corvallis, OR

What's cool: Frequent OS updates with useful added features. Nearfield/Mono/Talkback switches. Direct-ins I can use with external mic-pres. 12 analog inputs with A/B switches. 3-band, +-24dB sweepable parametric EQ. On-board dynamics. Can be ported about. What's not as cool: CD player output not patched internally. Can't solo-in-place with effects. Overall: Extremely powerful machine which is an extraordinary value.

 
5.0

Fully Pro, Just beautiful

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

After shopping, homework on the internet and listening in on a lot of these boards as well as a lengthy in-store demo I got the DPS24. The VS is no doubt a wonderful machine, but for me the Akai was clearly ahead in several areas. First off, price wise the two are nearly identical. To truly compare them, you would first have to buy I effect card for the Roland so they both had 4. You would also have to buy the Roland with the CDR/RW drive since it is standard on the Akai. Finally, the display on the Roland is seemingly almost besides the point, whereas the display on the Akai is fine as is so you would have to buy at least some kind of display for the Roland which would actually make a VS2480 of similar function more expensive than a DPS24. Interestingly, the overall sound of the Akai (including eq, mic pres and effects) seemed somewhat "better" than that of the Roland to me. The "control surface" of the Akai (especially those great faders) had a definitely more "pro" feel to it and the Q-strip, Q-channel and Q-knobs make getting around the unit a breeze. The overall layout just seemed more intuitive, but this is clearly a subjective area. Importantly, there is no data compression scheme on the AKAI, all audio is recorded without compression?.and you can hear it. There is more ?air? and clarity in the high end, and the bottom is fat. Also, the Akai is a true 24 bit machine with no loss of simultaneous record tracks or playback tracks.Now that I've had the unit for about 6 weeks, it has only gotten better. OS upgrades are coming at a steady pace of around 1/month. Support has been fairly responsive about answering both e-mails and phone calls and akaisys networking software and VST plugin implementation are taking shape. The first Akai VST plugins are now on their site. The VST thing is apparently going to be a real plus since it leaves the possibility of expansion wide open, both by the basic USB connection for track/waveform/meter display, and the interface card by which the VST host will run (and who knows what else). Bottom line, both are great machines that can do more than 95% of the buyers will ever call on them to do (myself included). Both can produce fully professional masters with the ease and other benefits (small space, affordability, all-in-one connectivity etc.)that have made DAWs such a hit in the first place. Personal preference and the idiosyncrasies of the individual will undoubtedly figure greatly also, and that is what makes a horse race. The prospective buyer needs to take the time to really look at these two machines before spending what is (for me at least) a big chunk of dinero. Ultimately, the DPS24 is just a more ?pro? machine and it seems that precious few (if any) sacrifices were made by the designers in both the areas of sonic quality and in the beautiful hardware, where the Roland unit feels more ?toy like?, although it?s admittedly a powerful and expensive toy. Hell, I get a chuckle just from turning the thing on! One last point, any of you thinking about a computer-based setup?..there?s nothing like being able to reach out and grab a real knob or fader?have you seen the prices for the ?control surfaces? for those things? Setups like Pro Tools are really incredible, but there really is something to be said for having an entirely integrated system-in a-box (especially for stability issues) and here you can easily transport a fully functional 24 track studio to either a gig or a remote location. It blows my mind that having a fully functional 24 track digital studio is even possible for this many people, coming from a tape-based background, let alone having choices...isn't technology great!?

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