AKAI SB-1 Deep Impact synth Sound Samples and Patches




Here are some sound samples recorded with my AKAI Deep Impact bass synth effect pedal.

Note I'm a self-taught, intermediate player.   

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My quick review:

  • Pros: Excellent tracking, very easy to play into, no perceivable latency, great fat bass synth sound, extremely intuitive and easy to program, small size, 9 easily accessible presets.  Can work as a sub-bass and quasi-octaver effect as well (check the end of the first sound clip below).
  • Cons: The current sale price of $800-$1200 is more than a Roland GR-55 or most intermediate hardware synths. There's an always-there bleed of your input signal even with the blend on max which you can somewhat tame by turning down the input control (the Markbass Super Synth has the same issue). Only a few of the synth voices, specifically 2 / 6 / 9, have a built-in octave-down shift which is required for the super fat tones. The other tones are fairly high voiced, though you can drive them down by placing an octave pedal in front of the Deep Impact.
Conclusion: If you want a super easy to use pedal that can sound really good, and don't mind paying a rediculous price, this is really the best synth effect pedal available right now. It's curious no other manufacturers have beaten this pedal's performance and package. I've personally choosen the Roland GR-55 for my synth tones as it's much more robust, though it's much more difficult to play and program.


AKAI Deep Impact


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Description Instrument Used Interface Used Notes
n/aVarious presets
Lakland Duck Dunn, Lindy Fralin pickup, GHS pressure wound strings, fingers
MESA Walkabout DI into M-Audio Profire 2626.
Various  custom presets, mostly short-n-fast tones.
n/aVarious presets
Lakland Duck Dunn, Lindy Fralin pickup, GHS pressure wound strings, fingers
MESA Walkabout DI into M-Audio Profire 2626.
Various  custom presets, mostly tones with a long attack and decay. Most of these use the attack/decay at max values, so these highlight some of the longest tones you can get out of this pedal.






Last updated 12-31-2013  

 

 
 

 

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