Akai DR8 Hard Disk Recorder (part 5)
One option that isn't present (but I bet Akai will have it ready for me by the next software update) is Copy and Append. One thing the DR8 isn't all that good at, compared to a computer based system like Digidesign's Sound Designer and Audiomedia II card, is stereo editing. Snipping out sections of audio to compile a finished master, perhaps a CD master or an extended version of a song, is a slow and painstaking process. I would like to be able to mark out a section of audio on two tracks, and copy it to a new pair of tracks, placing it exactly at the end of any audio already of those tracks, or with a definable silent period in between. I know you're going to do it Akai. How long will it take?
During overdubbing and editing there is an important accessory that doesn't appear in the Akai catalogue - a notebook. When you work with a computer system you don't need to take notes because the software will allow you to enter any information you need directly onto the screen. But since the DR8 doesn't have a screen then you will have to improvise. As I said earlier, I don't mind at all not having to look at a computer monitor for hours on end. Keeping a note of locate points is a small price to pay.