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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If your music is predominantly sequencer-based and you wish to automate certain mixer operations, then you should be interested in two new budget-priced, MIDI-controlled processors from Akai: It allows you to route your signal to different pieces of equipment FX processors, etc.

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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. If you value this resource, you can support this project – it really helps! So how is this feat of ingenuity possible? I would definitely buy another one if this one were lost, stolen, or if simply quit working which I think unlikely.

This unit is midi controllable. There are three ways in which to recall a mix from memory: This is where the red LEDs above the Trim controls come in; when lit the corresponding input channel is active.

Next article in this issue: Sound On Sound – Mar The problem is, there is no means by which you can tell what the recalled volume level is. It’s even worse than writing down the control settings of an analogue modular synth on a patch sheet!!

Incidentally, when Bank 00 is selected, the level controls can be manually adjusted in real time, thus acting as rotary faders.

Each graphic editor is custom designed with logically grouped parameters to provide fast and easy editing off SysEx parameters.

Anyone still using unbalanced, high impedance microphones could try connecting them to the MB76 and, by careful planning and programming, control the MB76 from a MIDI sequencer and have it mute those mic channels that are not in use, thus reducing unwanted pickup of extraneous noise. Any one of the 16 channels can be used.


Login or Sign Up. These controls actually attenuate reduce the levels of the input signals and when turned fully anticlockwise to the ‘Off’ position, effectively mute the input.

Next article in this issue How It Works: As with the MB76, the PEQ6 works fine provided you don’t wish to make frequent changes to the control knobs. Obviously there was no way Akai could fit faders on a 1U high box, but the Akaii 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.

Altering programmed settings is a bit of a pain because you have to turn the knob past its centre position before the PEQ6’s internal processor recognises that you wish mb766 manually override the stored EQ setting. Integrate the MB76 with your DAW and use it the same way as a soft-synth or run the editor as a separate akau connected to your MB 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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Akai MB76 Mix Bay User Review by Thomas-vxnJ5

When you recall an already programmed Bank from memory, naturally you need some way of knowing which combination of inputs have been used.

These can be used to connect the PEQ6 to the insert points of any suitable mixing desk; alternatively, the unit can be connected in-line with up to six of the mixer’s input channels, or subgroups, or at a push across the main stereo outputs of the desk. The way this is designed is that you are able to patch any of the 7 inputs to any of the 6 outputs. 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.

The front panel knobs will still be set to their previous positions whenever a new Bank is selected. If you can live with this way of working, fine; if you can’t then I’m afraid you’ll have to look elsewhere at other, more expensive, programmable equalisers – or stick with what you’ve got. On the front panel, each input source has its own Input Trim rotary control and an associated red LED.


You can of course patch more than one input to any output and vice-versa. Parameter Editing – any way you want to Unlimited Undo with undo history – back out of any editing changes.

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There appear to be plenty of potential applications for a unit of this nature. VST and AU automation record and playback of all parameter edits. I tried this but it proved difficult to produce a satisfactorily smooth change – 32 successive snapshots one per Bank is too few to produce anything other than a very noticeable, stepped level change, however close together they occurred. Active Receive – when enabled, aksi SysEx bulk dump manually transmitted from an instrument is automatically received into the appropriate editor.

Each input has a trim pot so that you can attenuate the signal coming in. Far better to simply call up the necessary Bank from memory. I am sure there are other uses you could find for it. It too has 32 non-volatile memory locations Skai which can be recalled manually from the front panel, incremented by a footswitch, or selected automatically over MIDI on receipt of Program Change numbers in the range An LED indicator above each control shows red when boosting signals, green when cutting, and is extinguished when set central to the ‘flat’ no boost or cut position.

Win 8 x64Win 7 x64Vista x64XP x You can display, edit, tweak, organize, audition, archive and manage your MB76 from the focal aki of your studio. I suspect this is where the PEQ6 will be used most. Using the Akai MB76 you can do exactly that, by assigning inputs 1, 2 and 3 say to output 1, and connecting output 1 of the MB76 to your reverb unit. akia

You probably know that by the use of Program Change commands, MIDI can instantly recall parameter information stored in computer memory. This allows for quite a mb776 of flexibility. Create Logic environment files containing the MB76 patch names. Trouble is, there are only 32 Banks and no external kb76 storage is possible. Midi Quest includes all of the standard features you would expect to find in a MB76 Editor and Librarian along with unique capabilities found nowhere else.