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Old 14-01-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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MiniAK questions?

I've found a good deal on an Akai Miniak synth ($189) and I would like some info before I pull the trigger.

1. It looks like it doesn't have nearly enough knobs, dials, or buttons to modify the presets from the controller itself, can you do that?

2. There's a software editor for it, (the Minizune), that allows you to edit and create presets, and store them in the Miniak. It runs as a VST, could it be used as a standalone softsynth? $33 is a hell of a lot cheaper than $190, does it just lack the sound of outboard gear, or is it simply for tweaking and editing?

3. If I'm using the Minizune software editor, since it has a Midi learn feature, could I assign the knobs of something like a NanoKontrol to various parameters, and adjust them on the fly?

4. I notice the Miniak has multiple Midi I/O ports. Would it be possible to draw Midi notes on a piano roll, and have the Miniak play them?

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Old 14-01-2012, 06:26 PM   #2
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Re: MiniAK questions?

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I've found a good deal on an Akai Miniak synth ($189) and I would like some info before I pull the trigger.

1. It looks like it doesn't have nearly enough knobs, dials, or buttons to modify the presets from the controller itself, can you do that?

2. There's a software editor for it, (the Minizune), that allows you to edit and create presets, and store them in the Miniak. It runs as a VST, could it be used as a standalone softsynth? $33 is a hell of a lot cheaper than $190, does it just lack the sound of outboard gear, or is it simply for tweaking and editing?

3. If I'm using the Minizune software editor, since it has a Midi learn feature, could I assign the knobs of something like a NanoKontrol to various parameters, and adjust them on the fly?

4. I notice the Miniak has multiple Midi I/O ports. Would it be possible to draw Midi notes on a piano roll, and have the Miniak play them?

Thanks.
1. Yes
2. It is a vst so it needs a host, it controls the Miniak, does not produce any sound by itself
3. I assume yes
4. Yes!

I played around with one last summer in store I was quite suprised with the sound, I liked it.. I love that it has 1 pitchwheel and 2 mod wheels!

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Old 16-01-2012, 03:04 PM   #3
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Re: MiniAK questions?

Hi,

1. You can control every single param with the knobs thru the menu's inside the miniak. This works fine for editing patches, but is too time consuming to build patches from scratch. Fun thing is you can assign the 3 knobs and the 2 modwheels to any param for easy live tweaking of filters, fx etc. per preset

2. I would suggest the hypersynth version of the miniak editor. Do some research on the web, but I think it works alot better.

3. Yes you can, but this is not as easy as it looks. Keep in mind that the plugin needs midi ports. Your daw needs the same ports. So if you don't have a multi-client midi-interface, you can't for instance record midi-notes in your daw from the miniak, and control the miniak with other hardware.

4. Yes!

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