Akai DD-8

Akai DD-8

8-channel Digital Film Recorder/Player Daily Rate: $100

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A random-access digital film dubber, the DD8 Plus is designed as a plug and play replacement for tape-based digital recorders and analog magnetic tape playback machines. It records to and plays from magneto optical disks or removable hard drives. The Akai DD8 Plus is the first affordable digital dubber delivering the extremely low noise floor and wide dynamic range required for feature films, thanks to its 24-bit linear data format and 96K sampling rate.


The Akai DD8 Plus offers the highest level of cross-platform compatibility available. It's never been easier to work on one system and finish on another. Able to directly read and write nearly all standard DAW formats in film production without the need for OMF transfer, the DD8 Plus allows project files to be created in one format and finished in another with none of the hassle and uncertainty associated with common import/export functions.


Direct playback of nearly every other DAW format is supported, including Timeline/Tascam MMR-8; Waveframe; Fairlight MFX3plus /FAME/ DaD; BWF and SD-11 files on FAT-16 DOS disks created on Zaxcom Deva. Macintosh OMF1 files with SD-II or AIFF audio files including AVID AudioVision and Media Composer are also directly supported. The DD8 and DD8 Plus also support direct playback and recording of ProTools Session files to and from Macintosh disks.


Improvements include unlimited crossfade length between two cues on a single track, level triggered recording, and the ability to separate machine settings from project specific settings. File conversion between supported formats is a snap and instant response from the jog wheel during TRIM functions means no more waiting for your machines to catch up with your hands. Additionally the new DD-PLUS disk format supersedes Normal and Extended formats.


Designed as a truly modular system, the DD8 and DD8 Plus offer a wide range of options allowing each application to dictate the required components. This design approach not only allows users a multitude of configuration options, but is a very cost-effective solution to an often financially prohibitive upgrade path. Whether a facility currently uses mag-film dubbers, analog multitracks or digital tape-based recorders, the DD8's I/O options allow it to be configured for easy plug and play integration.


For applications requiring more than 8 channels of playback, up to sixteen DD8 units can be handled by a single remote control surface, offering the ability to control 128 tracks individually. Alternatively, the Akai DD16PB Plus and the DD16-Kit for the DD8 offer 16 discreet playback tracks in either' analog or digital.


A random-access, magneto/optical-based digital recorder specifically designed as a film dubber
Record to and play from MO disks or removable hard disks
Plug-and-Play replacement for the Tascam DA-88
Direct data compatibility with the DD1500 MO Recorder/Editor, as well as Macintosh disks: OMF, ProTools®, AIFF/SD2 audio; DOS disks : Zaxcom DEVA, .WAV/BWF audio; TascamTM/TimelineTM MMR-8, WaveframeTM, Fairlight MFX3PlusTM,DaD.
Uncompressed 16, 20 and 24 bit data formats
Sample Rate up to 96kHz
Flexible I/O formats and extensive synchronization options
Extremely high quality scrubbing
Designed for ease-of-use on the dubbing stage
Virtually instantaneous locating to any point -- no waiting for tape winding
Dedicated Track Slip and Event/Region Nudge buttons
Punch-in recording with Track Select keys or via GPIO parallel interface
Operating System in Flash ROM for instant boot-up and easy updates
Pre-read outputs

New Features
24-bit, 96kHz recording/playback capability
Direct playback of OMF files from DAW systems such as Digidesign ProTools, Avid AudioVision, and Avid MediaComposer, to name a few.


Digital Audio Format: 16 bit, 20 bit and 24 bit linear PCM

Simultaneous Recording: 8 tracks maximum

Recording Time: (Total Track Times)

Sampling Rate: 48k, 44.1k, 32kHz (with +0.1% Pull-up and -0.1% Pull-down at all sample rates) 88.2kHz and 96kHz (only available via AES/EBU I/Os, using "dual-wire" (2-ch) mode)


  • IB-D8AD:
  • Dynamic range: 96dB at 16bit/110dB at 24bit
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz, 0dB +/- 1dB
  • Distortion: 0.006% at 1kHz, -1dB full scale
  • IB-D8DA:
  • Dynamic range: 110dB
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz, 0dB +/- 1dB
  • Distortion: 0.003% at 1kHz, full scale


Recording Media: Optional 2.6GB or 5.2GB MO disk/Removable hard disk cart unit

Internal Drive: 5.25-inch half-height drive bay x 1 mountable


  • Display:
  • 248x60 dot LCD x 1 - Time, Parameters
  • 8-segment LED x 8 - Peak Level Meter, Track Active, Track Slip
  • Warning LED x 3 - Disk Busy, T/C RCV, W/C RCV
  • Memory:
  • Flash ROM for OS and Settings
  • 72-pin SIMM x 1 for buffer memory expansion (EDO SIMM, any size from 2Mb to 32Mb
  • Expansion Slots:
  • 1 x Digital audio slot (TDIF, ADAT or AES/EBU)
  • 1 x 8-channel analog audio input slot
  • 1 x 8-channel analog audio output slot
  • 4 x General purpose slot
  • 1 x EQ8 slot (internal)
  • Video Sync/Word Clock Input: BNC x 1 with 75-ohms terminator switch
  • AKAINET (Ethernet): BNC x 1 with 50-ohms terminator switch
  • Pre-read Output: 9-pin D-sub x 1, 14.5Vrms (max.) 560 Ohm
  • Expansion port: 9-pin D-sub x 1, for RC15 remote controller
  • SCSI-A: 50-pin amphenol x 1 for disk expansion
  • Phones: 1/4-inch stereo phone x 1, 15mW 32 Ohm
    • Standard Accessories:
    • Cable set for AD/DA boards and SCSI connection
    • AC Power Cord
    • Operator's Manual
    • Dimensions: 482.6 (W) x 177 (179) (H) x 410 (441.2) (D) mm max, EIA 4U size
    • Weight: 12.8 kg / 28.8lbs (with no options installed)
    • Power Requirements: 100-120/220-240 VAC, 50/60Hz, 90W


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