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Akai XR-20

Beat Production Station (2008) 

Akai XR20

"Digital portable drum machine loaded with over 700 PCM samples mainly focused at hip-hop and R&B production"

 Main Data 

Akai XR20

Company: Akai
Model: XR20
Keyboard : 12 Touch Sensitive Pads (8 levels + 3 curves)
Display Type: LCD
Dimensions: 34 x 32 x 13 cm
Weight: 1,7 kg
dates: 2008

Synthesis: digital PCM
N.samples: 720 PCM
Resolution: 16/24 bits
Polyphony: 32 voices
Filters: digital low pass (no resonance)
Memory none 
MIDI: yes
Envelope: attack and release for synth section , decay segment for all
Sync: Midi clock slave / master
CV gate: no
Memory: 100 rom patterns + 100 blank -Notes: 150,000  Patterns: 200 (100 user, 100 preset) Songs: 100, 100 ram kit + 100 rom kits.





12 Touch Sensitive Pads assignable to Midi nottes. Backlit pads that follow the beat  - blue like neon display lcd with adjustable intensity - tacky or flashy?

Rear panel connectors:

- Headphone output
- 2x 6.3mm mono jack outputs (L/R) + 1 x 6.3 mm stereo jack AUX out volume can be set by rear knob
- 2x Footswitch connectors (1 x start/stop, 1x TAP/A/B/Fill) 
- Midi interface (out can be thru)
PSU: external or batteries (6 X AA 1,5V ) or with power supply  12VDC half ampère




Nothing... yet!


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-  Owner's manual download

- No service manual, maybe in a couple of years!

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 In details 

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Basically the XR20 is a digital programmable drum machine with a 32 voices sound generator based on 700 PCM (16 or 24 bits) samples.

The second main part is the internal sequencer that can be programmed by the 12 sensible pads or external midi keyboard.

720 PCM  

16/24 bits

12 pads

32 voices polyphony

XR20 Sequencer

Quantisize and swing 

- 9 levels of quantisize from 1/4 to 384th notes.
-3 swing levels (0,54, 58,52%)

Clock

Internal frequency from 30 to 300 BPM (can be set also by TAP button)

-Possible tempo change and special odd time signature.

Sequencer program

Pattern

Some classic functions:  lenght set, time offset, assign a name, erase instrument/part, copy track, append data, transpose. Patterns are chained to SONG.

Recording

- Step by step mode or real time with pad-entry or external Midi data.
- 96 ppq resolution.

Internal sounds

The XR20 features 720 PCM sounds organized into 3 main sections: drum, synth and shot. Each sample can be assigned to a pad with some parameters: panning, volume, pitch (+/12 semitone) and some basic envelope settings (attack and release ONLY for synth section, decay for all). All sounds settings can be combined into 100 user kits.
Drums

Drums

414 drums percussion including standard acustic drums but also drum machines including classic 909, 808, beat, analog, digial and much more. Some are really good. Some sounds like old 90 records.

Mobirise

One shot

More particular percussions, classic scratches and strange FX like sirens and some useless samples.

Synthesizer

Synthesizer

It includes some synth shots, also rhodes, dirty piano, brass. These can be played on 3 octaves (not multisampled).

Free XR20 MPC60 sample pack! 

AKAI XR-20 sample pack

FREE XR20 SAMPLE PACK

XR OLDSCHOOL 

We sampled some XR20 sounds with Oldschool AKAI MPC60 to spice up the groove 12 bits grungy compressed sound.

- 2 MPC kits converted to .wav
- 20 loops

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Akai XR20

Effects

The internal DSP can spice up the beats with 14 kind of compressor/ EQ combo, not to mention a basic low pass filter. Also 25 kind reverbs with variabe amount.

 - 14 compressors / EQ

 - 25 reverbs

reverb mode
XR20

XR20 memory

720 PCM samples

Sequencer

-Notes: 150,000
-Patterns: 200 (100 user, 100 preset)
-Songs: 100

Our Verdict 

"Fun little drum, a bit plastic cheap built and pads are pure pain.
Some sounds are nice others are really useless and sometimes badly sampled. Anyway it's a bargain as controller with sequencer and internal sounds. "

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Overall

CONS

-  cheap built
- some samples
 

PROS

- all in one controller 
-good price

Are you a XR20  fan? how do you use it? You do not agree with our review?  Let us know in the comment field just below 

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