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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These offer a maximum of 12dB of signal gain or attenuation, which is not over-generous but sufficient for most jobs. There are three ways in which to recall a mix from memory: The way this is designed is that you are able to patch any of the 7 inputs to any of the 6 outputs. I am sure there are other uses you could find for it. Each EQ has a number and you select it with the Line button.

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The PEQ6 is a seven-band graphic equaliser – or rather, six seven-band graphic equalisers in one box! Previous article in this issue: Small Print Terms of use Privacy. Okay, this is a programmable mixing bay I suspect this is where the PEQ6 will be used most.

This takes you and the equalisation back to square one, ie. The Ibanez didn’t seem to offer quite the same features as the Akai.

Win 8 x64Win 7 x64Vista x64XP x 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.

Using the Akai MB76 you can do exactly that, by assigning inputs 1, 2 and akia say to output akkai, and connecting output 1 of the MB76 to your reverb unit.

Akai MB76 Editor and Librarian

Real time tracking and display of edited vs. You probably know that by the use of Program Change commands, MIDI can instantly recall parameter information stored in computer memory. The problem is, there is no means by which you can tell what the recalled volume level is.

My solution to this problem has been to purchase a second MB Integrate the MB76 with your DAW and use it the same way as a soft-synth or run the editor as a separate application connected to your MB On the front panel, each input source has its own Input Trim rotary akaj and an associated red LED. 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.


aoai Well, imagine you don’t own a mixing desk mv76 have three instruments you would like to add reverb to. I think this is a good unit for what it does. Patch Bank and Patch. If you’re enjoying the site, please consider supporting me to help build this archive It too has 32 non-volatile memory locations Banks 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 Create Logic environment files containing the MB76 patch names.

Although each band acts over a fairly broad m7b6, above and below the quoted centre frequencies, there aksi 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. Active Receive – when enabled, any SysEx bulk dump manually transmitted from an instrument is automatically received into the appropriate zkai.

Incidentally, when Bank 00 is selected, the level controls can be manually adjusted in real time, thus acting as rotary faders. Like all of their products, the Akai MB76 is well-built and pleasing on the eye I far prefer Akai’s pale grey panels to morbid black ones, any day!!

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.

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

Imported SysEx data is automatically transferred into the appropriate Midi Quest editor. You can send us a note about this article, or let us know of a problem – select the type from the menu above. Far better to simply call up the necessary Bank from memory.

I would definitely buy another one if this one were lost, stolen, or if simply quit working which I think unlikely. For more detail on Midi Quest and the mb776 between the three versions, please click here. Previous Article in this issue Korg Performing Synthesizer.


Find patches in large banks quickly by entering a partial name. 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, then to another for the solo, and so on. It’s even worse than writing down the control settings of an analogue modular synth on a patch sheet!! Unlimited Undo with auditionable history for risk free editing and experimentation.

It really helps – thank you! You could even disregard the MIDI control and level akia and use it purely as a conventional patchbay, but with the added benefits that programmability brings. Having done this, you then assign the inputs to a chosen output which you select by incrementing the Output button until the required number is shown in the main LED display. 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.

Review by Ian Gilby.

As with the MB76, the PEQ6 works fine provided you don’t wish to make frequent changes akau the control knobs. What sort of things would you use it for? The six outputs operate at line level OdBm, ohms and are thus suitable for akzi to pro gear as well as home studio akaj.

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 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.

Transfer patches from the bank into the editor with manual or auto save options. Next article in this issue: 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 kaai could still be a handy tool in the right situation.