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AKAIdisk FAQs 

For more general Akai information, see Jules Vleugels' Unofficial Akai Pages 
Does AkaiDisk work with my sampler?
AkaiDisk has been tested with the S900, S950, S1000, S1100, S01, S20, S2800, S3000 and S3200 plus the i and xl variants. I don't know if it works with other machines unless you tell me!  A lot of other machines can read S1000 disks. If you can, check AkaiDisk works on your system with an S1000 disk. If it does, but fails to read your sampler's disks correcly, there may be an omission in the software - contact me at the address below.
What is the latest version?
You should only be using AkaiDisk 2.2 (which includes Adisk 2.2), available on these pages. Version 1.x has no features or compatibility not included in version 2.2 and has a bug (detailed below). Some web sites are offering Adisk separately from AkaiDisk, but there is no difference - AkaiDisk 2.2 is the Windows front end for Adisk 2.2.
When is the next version coming out?
I am not going to be releasing any more versions.  However, several other developers have the source code for AkaiDisk so there is the possibility of an improved version being released in the future, or Akai disk reading functions being incorporated into wave editors, software samplers, etc.
Why does formatting disks fail?
AkaiDisk can't cope with surface errors on disks. You should only use AkaiDisk to format disks when you haven't got an Akai sampler available to do it. Even if a disk formats Ok it may read very slowly in the sampler. If you must use AkaiDisk to format, MS-DOS format the disk first to make sure there are no surface errors.
Why are my samples 'cut up'?
You are using Adisk 1.0. This version cannot cope when samples are fragmented on a disk, and it just reads straight through the fragments. Use version 2.0/2.2 or try re-writing the samples to another disk.
Why don't S900/S950 samples sound good?
If you send 16-bit samples to the S900/S950 they will not sound as good as 12-bit samples because the bottom four bits are truncated. When recording, these samplers use heavy dithering to smooth out the quantization noise. You should do the same: although I don't know of any programs that will dither .WAV files to 12 bits, you can acheive a similar result by mixing in white noise at about -65dB (or use the analogue inputs of a SoundBlaster!). If your sample suddenly gets noisier half way through this is a different problem: try changing the sample length by 1 (on the PC before using AkaiDisk) and transferring the sample again.
Why does it get the name of my sampler wrong?
Apart from an ID code in the directory listing, each of the three 'generations' of sampler have the same disk format. As I don't know all the ID codes (they even vary with the same machine sometimes!) I just check if the disk is S900, S1000 or S3000 generation.
All the looping and tuning is lost!
Sorry, it's hard work converting between the WAV and Akai sample parameters, so this has been left out. Don't spend too much time tidying up a sample if you know you are going to use AkaiDisk on it!
How do I copy lots of WAVs to an Akai floppy?
First assemble up to one floppy-disk-full of WAV files in a directory and insert an Akai floppy disk with enough free space for the files. Now from a DOS prompt in that directory type the following command (assuming your ADISK.EXE is in C:\AKAIDISK ):
This command can be kept in a batch file to make it easier to use, but each %f must be replaced with %%f and you may need to sacrifice a chicken, just to be sure.
How do I copy lots of samples from an Akai floppy?
There isn't an easy way to do this, but if you run  ADISK /L a log file will be produced with a list of the floppy disk contents. A batch file to transfer the samples one at a time could then be based on this list (left as an excercise for the reader!).
Can I read Akai Zips and CD-ROMs?
No. Reading Akai floppy disks is possible as the functions to read the disk directly are in every PC's hardware. SCSI disks and CD-ROMs are accessed by software drivers, the details of which are not freely available. I would be happy to receive any information on how to read data directly from SCSI disks and CD-ROMs (device-independantly).
AkaiDisk says "adisk is not responding"
It-thinks-it's-so-clever Windows has suspended the minimised adisk program. You need to adjust the settings in adisk.pif to 'don't suspend', and you may need to play with some other settings!
How can I make an Akai CD-ROM?
Not with AkaiDisk, unfortunately. As far as I know, the only way to make a CD-ROM in Akai format is to copy the image of an entire SCSI disk written by an Akai sampler using CD-R software.
Can I drag-and-drop WAV files with AkaiDisk?
Not properly, but you can add a right-click menu item that writes individual WAV files to an Akai floppy. First make a batch file called adisk.bat that just contains this command:


Now Go into Explorer > View > Options > File Type > Wave Sound > Edit > New, and type in AkaiDisk as the action and C:\AKAIDISK\ADISK.BAT as the application. Of course, you will need to adjust the above if you put AkaiDisk somewhere other than c:\akaidisk (possibly c:\progra~1\akaidisk). .

My question isn't answered here!
If Adisk.exe doesn't work at a DOS prompt on your PC, or Adisk works but AkaiDisk doesn't, then you probably have a hardware / software problem (probably of great complexity) and I can't help you! Check you are using the latest version of AkaiDisk, and go through all the troubleshooting notes in the help file. If AkaiDisk appears to be working, but is making mistakes and your problem is not covered here, email me.