I have a question for some of you sampling veterans out there. What is the main difference between an Akai sample and a Giga sample? If I were to get an Akai sample and import it into Giga format, what would I be missing? If I could get the Akai sample significantly cheaper, would it be worth it?
I am going through the Akai to giga conversion process these days...the main thing is to have a decent conversion utility. S-converter isn\'t bad but I work with CDxtract and i think both are usefull. I still do compare the converted sound with the same sound loaded in an Akai S-3000xl to make sure the conversion is adequate but i end up tweaking the converted version to match the original. Also wort mentioning, I fing that the DA converters from the Akai have a bit more \"punch\" to the sound than the one from my audio card which have a \"flatter\" response...I guess it depends on your audio card also. I use the Egosys wami rack 24.
Bottom line, a native giga library is probably better than a converted Akai one.
The pathway to sample-format-conversion nirvana is fraught with uncertainty and complexity. Nevertheless, I would like to share with you some practical points that have helped me on my pilgrimage. I currently use two hardware samplers (Akai s-5000 and Korg Triton) as well as Gigasampler. I have converted many libraries from Akai and Roland formats into giga with great success.
I have found the akai converter in gigastudio to be useful for the majority of libraries. CDextract is also a great tool and it will convert Roland libraries. Of course, tweaking your programs to your taste is a must. Some libraries convert poorly and require in depth examination of the file structure etc. An example is East West Ultimate piano collection CD. Troublesome!
Chickensys Translator is a great tool as well, especially for converting into Korg Triton format. Its akai to giga is good as well, but I prefer CDextract for this. Awave studio also converts giga progs into Triton. You probably have no need for these at present.
If a library is available in both Giga and Akai, I would suggest getting the Giga version, because of the extensive programming options. But if you are getting Akai libraries real cheap then give the AKAI library a try. An exception would be something like Peter Siedleczeks Advanced Orchestra in which the Giga version is so much easier to use than the AKAI that I would go with the giga every time.
If you have specific libraries you wish to purchase, let me know and I will find out as much as I can about conversion and compatibilty.