Alesis AKIRA User Manual

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Table Of Contents

Introduction ......................................................

3

Important Safety Instructions.......................

7

Chapter One: Quick Start Guide...................

15

If

you can’t wait to get started …...............................................................15

Step 1: Hook it up to a mixer ......................................................................

15

Step 2: Try some effects ...............................................................................

16

Chapter Two: Connections .............................

17

Connecting to an Instrument or Microphone..........................................

18

Connecting to the Effects Send and Return of a Mixing

 

Console ............................................................................................................

18

Connecting to the Channel Inserts of a Mixing Console ......................

19

Connecting to the Main Inserts of a Mixing Console............................

20

Connecting to the Inserts of an Instrument Amplifier .........................

20

About Audio Cables ......................................................................................

21

Bypass Footswitch..............................................................

22

MIDI In and Out..................................................................

22

Chapter Three: Editing ...................................

23

Editing Programs ...............................................................

23

Storing Your Edits..............................................................

24

Chapter Four: Description of

 

Programs............................................................

25

Reverb Effects 0 - 11...........................................................

25

0

HALL...........................................................................................................

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1

VOCAL HALL..........................................................................................

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2

VOCAL PLATE........................................................................................

26

3

DRUM ROOM..........................................................................................

26

4

SPACE .........................................................................................................

26

5

TRASH CAN .............................................................................................

27

6

GATED.......................................................................................................

27

7

REVERSE ..................................................................................................

27

8

DYNAMIC REVERB..............................................................................

27

9

FLANGED REVERB............................................................................

28

10 PITCHED REVERB.............................................................................

28

11 G GARAGE ............................................................................................

28

Delay Effects 12 - 18 ...........................................................

29

12 DELAY .....................................................................................................

29

13 STEREO DELAY ..................................................................................

29

14 RUNAWAY ..............................................................................................

30

15 LPF DELAY ............................................................................................

30

16 HPF DELAY ...........................................................................................

30

17 BPF DELAY............................................................................................

30

18 PHASOR DELAY..................................................................................

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Pitch Effects 19 - 29 ...........................................................

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19 PHASOR 1...............................................................................................

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20 PHASOR 2...............................................................................................

31

21

AUTOPHAZ ...........................................................................................

32

22

FLANGER...............................................................................................

32

23

INV FLANGER .....................................................................................

32

24

DUAL TRANSPOSER..........................................................................

32

25

STEREO DETUNE..............................................................................

33

26

FREQUENCY SHIFT ..........................................................................

33

27

CHORUS..................................................................................................

33

28 VIBRATO .................................................................................................

33

29 VIBRO-WOBBLE...................................................................................

33

Filter Effects 30 - 38 ...........................................................

34

30

BAND LIMIT .........................................................................................

34

31

LP BP HP...............................................................................................

34

32

LFO LP....................................................................................................

34

33

AUTOWAH .............................................................................................

35

34

FORMANTS ...........................................................................................

35

35

SAMPLED BPF......................................................................................

35

36

RESONATOR.........................................................................................

35

37

VOCO-BEND.........................................................................................

36

38

VOCODER..............................................................................................

36

Distortion Effects 39 - 43...................................................

36

39

RECORD NOISE..................................................................................

36

40

TAPE SATURATOR.............................................................................

36

41

FUZZ ........................................................................................................

36

42

DECIMATOR.........................................................................................

37

43

GRINDER ...............................................................................................

37

Miscellaneous Effects 44 - 49............................................

37

44

RING MODULATOR..........................................................................

37

45

RMS LIMITER .......................................................................................

37

46

SUB BASS.................................................................................................

38

47

TREMOLO..............................................................................................

38

48

AUTOPAN...............................................................................................

38

49 VOCAL CANCEL ..................................................................................

38

Chapter Five: MIDI ..........................................

39

MIDI Program Change ................................................................................

39

Setting the MIDI Channel............................................................................

39

“Soft” MIDI Thru.........................................................................................

39

Using MIDI Continuous Controllers.........................................................

40

Chapter Six: Troubleshooting .......................

41

Specifications....................................................

43

Warranty/Contact Alesis .................................

45

Program Chart..................................................

47

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Introduction

Welcome!

Thank you for making the Alesis Akira™ a part of your studio. Since 1984, we've been designing and building creative tools for the audio community. We believe in our products, because we've heard the results that creative people like you have achieved with them. One of Alesis' goals is to make high-qualitystudio equipment available to everyone, and this Reference Manual is an important part of that. After all, there's no point in making equipment with all kinds of capabilities if no one explains how to use them. So, we try to write our manuals as carefully as we build our products.

The goal of this manual is to get you the information you need as quickly as possible, with a minimum of hassle. We hope we've achieved that. If not, please drop us an email and give us your suggestions on how we could improve future editions of this manual.

We hope your investment will bring you many years of creative enjoyment and help you achieve your goals.

Sincerely,

The people of Alesis

For more effective service and product update notices, please register your Akira online at:

http://www.alesis.com/ support/warranty.htm

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Introduction

About the Akira

Alesis, the company that created affordable effects processing with the introduction of the MidiVerb, now offers the Akira Effects Processor. Following in the grand tradition of the MidiVerb, MicroVerb and NanoVerb products, the Akira comes complete with 100 studio quality 24-bitdigital effects in a compact, industry standard 19” rack mount package. The Akira is suitable for use in everything from guitar rigs to professional recording studios.

Akira Key Features

o50 preset studio quality 24-biteffects including:

§12 Reverbs (halls, rooms and non-linear)

§7 Delays (mono, stereo and filtered

§11 Pitch Effects (phasor, flanger, chorus, vibrato and harmonizer)

§9 Filter Effects (including vocoder)

§5 Distortion Effects

§6 Miscellaneous Effects (including a vocal eliminator and limiter)

o 50 user locations to store your custom edits of the presets.

oThree parameter knobs (X, Y and Z) for quick editing of each program’s most important effect settings.

o MIDI program select.

o MIDI parameter control.

o High-quality24-bittrue stereo signal path.

o Balanced input and output for optimum noise rejection.

oSwitchable level control from +4dBu to – 10dBV for both professional and consumer applications.

oEasy, consistent operation from the front panel with no paging through windows of parameters on cryptic LCDs.

oInternal switching power supply for easy worldwide operation.

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Introduction

What You Can Do With Your Akira

When you have the Akira properly connected, you can:

oadd space or “room sound” to dry or sterile sounds using the Halls, Rooms and Reverse reverberators.

ogenerate echoes (multiple repeats) with different spectral characteristics to your source with the Delay programs.

ocreate lively ensemble effects from a single instrument or static section using the Chorus and Phasor programs.

ointroduce classic warm, metallic sweeping effects that simulate analog tape fluctuation using the Flange programs.

oreproduce the classic guitar amp Tremolo effect on both instruments and vocals.

oanimate your instruments with an arcane synthesized edge by applying the LFO-drivenFilter effects and Ring Modulator.

oshape the tone of your source material with several static Filters in the spirit of vintage and modern modular synthesizers.

omove your polite-soundinginstruments and vocals into aggressive territory using the palette of Distortion effects.

oadd punch, warmth and character to your tracks with the compressor – limiter effects.

oremove the vocal and other lead instruments from an existing recording with the Vocal Eliminator program.

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Introduction

How to Use This Manual

This manual is divided into the following sections describing the various functions and applications for the Akira. While it's a good idea to read through the entire manual once carefully, those having general knowledge about studio equipment should use the table of contents to look up specific functions.

Chapter 1: Quick Start. If you're already experienced with recording, this will get you started using the Akira right away. It's a short guide to the essential elements of hooking it up and using it for the first time. A brief tour of the front and back panels is included.

Chapter 2: Connection give detailed instructions for connecting the Akira to a variety of typical audio systems.

Chapter 3: Editing tells how you can easily edit and store the three most important parameters of each Akira program.

Chapter 4: Description of Programs gives you a detailed explanation of each of the Akira’s 50 effects programs.

Chapter 5: MIDI. This chapter describes the (M)usical (I)nstrument (D)igital (I)nterface functionality of the Akira.

Chapter 6: Troubleshooting. Refer to this chapter if you experience any problems while using the Akira.

Specifications: Detailed technical information about your Akira.

Program Chart: A list of your Akira’s 50 presets with program and parameter descriptions.

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Helpful tips and advice are highlighted in a shaded box like this

When something important appears in the manual, an exclamation mark (like the one shown at left) will appear with some explanatory text. This symbol indicates that this information is vital when operating the Akira.

Important Safety

Instructions

Important Safety Instructions (English)

Safety symbols used in this product

This symbol alerts the user that there are important operating and maintenance instructions in the literature accompanying this unit.

This symbol warns the user of uninsulated voltage within the unit that can cause dangerous electric shocks.

This symbol warns the user that output connectors contain voltages that can cause dangerous electrical shock.

Please follow these precautions when using this product:

1. Read these instructions.

2.Keep these instructions.

3.Heed all warnings.

4.Follow all instructions.

5.Do not use this apparatus near water.

6.Clean only with a damp cloth. Do not spray any liquid cleaner onto the faceplate, as this may damage the front panel controls or cause a dangerous condition.

7.Install in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

8.Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

9.Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-typeplug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. Agrounding-typeplug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. When the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.

10.Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.

11.Use only attachments or accessories specified by the manufacturer.

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Important Safety Instructions

12.Use only with a cart, stand, bracket, or table designed for use with professional audio or music equipment. In any installation, make sure that injury or damage will not result from cables pulling on the apparatus and its mounting. If a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.

13.Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.

14.Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as when the power-supplycord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.

15.This unit produces heat when operated normally. Operate in a well-ventilatedarea with at least six inches of clearance from peripheral equipment.

16.This product, in combination with an amplifier and headphones or speakers, may be capable of producing sound levels that could cause permanent hearing loss. Do not operate for a long period of time at a high volume level or at a level that is uncomfortable. If you experience any hearing loss or ringing in the ears, you should consult an audiologist.

17.Do not expose the apparatus to dripping or splashing. Do not place objects filled with liquids (flower vases, soft drink cans, coffee cups) on the apparatus.

18.WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.

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