akai piscsi

If you are using PISCSI with your AKAI Sampler (I highly recommend it!) you can upload any .iso CD image files.
You will be able to attach the CD images  but this will not mount on the AKAI.

In order to make them work with an AKAI sampler, you will need to simply rename them to .hds files (Hard Disk images)

Here's a very simple command I have written to rename ALL .iso files in a folder to .hds, quite handy when you have a big list of files:

for f in *.iso; do mv -- "$f" "${f%.iso}.hds"; done

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I recenly got a second-hand E-mu ESI-32 for cheap, the unit came with a Iomega ZIP drive that was mounted in an external case (NB: it's not the usual "purple" standalone ZIP Drive, which has a d-sub 25 pin connector).
I decided to mount the ZIP Drive internally, replacing the useless Floppy Disk drive, and I also ordered a ZuluSCSI Board to get additional and bigger CD images onto it.

I decided to have them both connected at the same time. The connection is really easy.

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R8 01

I recently found a second hand Roland R8 for cheap, in decent conditions but WITHOUT the Power Supply. I discovered only later that the Power Supply on this Roland Drum Machine (and on the Roland R5 too, apparently) is NOT a standard Power Supply like the one used on most electronic devices, but it uses a proprietary +10/-10 Volts PSU with an uncommon connector.

I Googled a bit and found some replacement PSUs, but they were about 70 euros each. This was exactly what I paid for the Roland R8 and I really didn't want to spend the same amount for JUST THE PSU!!!

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My tracks are available for streaming on Spotify:

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I recently discovered an Open Source project called Minidexed, which basically uses a Raspberry PI in "bare metal" mode, with a fork of the wonderful Dexed synth, which allows to emulate 8 DX7 on a single Raspberry, much like the old TX816.

Each "instance" can have its own voice, and you can load different Banks of sounds.

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