Akai's RPM3 monitors record sound, play sound, and travel ,too
(ShackMan | Posted 2011-01-20)
Just like the job market today, when you need to cut costs and save time and space, you start looking for someone (or something) to start pulling double duty. The Akai Pro RPM3 does double duty and more, and its lightweight and portable design (the monitors are small and easily stored in a carrying case) make them easy to take on the road without having to worry about the space-minded concerns of touring or a studio apartment.
Akai Pro's RPM3 monitors offer a host of options to accommodate audio recording directly into a computer including a stereo 1/8" jack, a pair of balanced 1/4" TRS inputs and stereo RCA inputs. Volume control, power-switch and 1/8" headphone jack are also located on the front panel for quick access and easy adjustment. Also located on the back panel is a bass boost switch to really bring out the low frequencies.
Using only a USB cable, the RPM3 monitors provide simultaneous playback and recording of audio through a computer or any of the other audio connections available on the back panel. You don't even need a PC for this one folks. Jam out through your effects rig or take an attenuated line out from your amp and go to town. Throw down a song idea or take a line from your mixer during band practice. It's that simple. No drivers necessary to use it with a computer, either, and it supports Mac as well as PC operating systems. Since it was meant for portability, and portability often means tight spaces overall, Akai took a really smart step that I think audiophiles everywhere can appreciate. They've taken the time to do some extra magnetic shielding on these monitors for close proximity to computer monitors, XLR and power cords, or various other electronic devices, so you can feel safe about wherever you're recording with the RPM3. Not bad, Akai. This one's pretty cool.
James Rushin is a bassist, keyboardist, writer, and composer living and working in the Greater Pittsburgh area. He has performed with Selmer artist Tim Price, Curtis Johnson, guitarists Ken Karsh and Joe Negri. His compositions have been featured at West Virginia University and Valley Forge Christian College. He will be spending the Fall and Winter months working on playwright Frank Gagliano's Voodoo Trilogy and Bodoni County Songbook.
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