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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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. Well, imagine you don’t own a mixing desk but have three instruments zkai would like to add reverb to. It allows you to route your signal to different pieces of equipment FX processors, etc. Login or Sign Jb76.

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It’s even worse than writing down the control settings of an analogue modular synth on a aoai sheet!! 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.

In this manner it is possible to call up one mix setting for use during a verse, for example, then switch instantaneously to another for the song chorus, xkai to another for the solo, and so on.

There are three ways in which to recall a mix from memory: Previous Article in this issue Korg Performing Synthesizer. These controls actually attenuate reduce the levels of the input signals and when turned fully anticlockwise to the ‘Off’ position, effectively mute the input.

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I am sure there are other uses you could find for it. This takes you and the equalisation back to square one, ie. 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 akao noise.


Each input has a trim pot so that you can attenuate the signal coming in. 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.

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The problem is, there is no means by which you can tell what the recalled volume level is. Below is a small sampling of Midi Quest features. Patch Bank and Patch. The front panel knobs will still be set to their previous positions whenever a new Bank is selected.

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: 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.

Incidentally, when Bank 00 is selected, the level controls can be manually adjusted in real time, thus acting as rotary faders. If you’re enjoying the site, please consider supporting me to help build this archive 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 zkai output that feeds the reverb, thus retaining maximum flexibility.

Having said that, you could just about get away with this technique on certain types of non-dynamic music, where gradual level changes were not demanded, and a snapshot style of mixing could still be a handy tool in the right situation. There appear to be plenty of potential applications for a unit of this nature.


Integrate the MB76 with your DAW and use it the amai way as a soft-synth or run the editor as a separate application connected to your MB Sound On Sound – Mar Unlimited Undo akqi undo history – back out of any editing changes. Automatic import of SysEx data stored in. Any one of the 16 channels can be used.

Akai MB76 Midi Programmable Mix Bay 7 in 6 out Patchbay Signal Router

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. Advertise on the most comprehensive and widely viewed musicians’ website.

The Ibanez didn’t seem to offer quite the same features as the Akai. 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. 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 aksi when defining the program.

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Sound Quest Akai MB76 Editor/Librarian

Win 8 x64Win 7 x64Vista x64XP x Next article in this issue How It Works: The MB76 is aptly named. I think this is a good unit for what it does. You can display, edit, tweak, organize, audition, archive and manage your MB76 from the focal point of your studio.