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AKAI SAMPLERS - THE SERIES

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Author: admin
Date: 13-Apr-99

[dancetech database recompiled in 1999 - some articles listed April '99 are older]


AKAI SAMPLERS PART-1

Ar-r-r-r-r-r- - Jim lad !....Splice the main-sail.!!.... the AKAI sampler.... an overview !!... er... ... First came the 12 bit Akai's starting in 1984 with the S612, a simple 6 sample in ram sampler using quick-disks which evolved into the more powerful S700 and X7000 Keyboard in '85.... Next came the S900 & Mpc60 sampler/sequencer in 1986 along with the old EW wind-Instruments...

2 years later in '88, The S1000 was released........ These upgraded the series to 16 bit, 8 poly assignable-outs instead of mono ones....... & a massive (at the time) 32mb maximum ram !!!....(actually 32mb is fuck of alot for doing a dance toon!!)....

We continue thru to the S1100 a further 2 years later in 1990, and sometime around that 2 years from the release of the S1000 the S950 came along, keeping the 12 bit for economy but adding stuff from the S1000 OS like timestretch.... The S950 was like a budget S1000.... very effective....

1992 now and in came the first 3000 series with a basic structure of 32mb standard expanded, 8 poly outs & stereo in/out... there were various guises....The budget S01 - 8 note poly mono-timbrel unit was released......... The Cd version S3000 - the CD3000 comes in 1993, and the MPC3000 in 1994 upgrading from the MPC-60 to 32mb and 8 poly outs etc........

THIS WAS THE LAST SERIES TO USE THE OLD AKAI SAMPLE-RAM BOARDS....... AND THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ANY PROSPECTIVE S/H PURCHASER.....You CAN still get the RAM Boards for this series & below.... but....THEY ARE VERY EXPENSIVE.... In the UK it's £399 retail for the 8mb upgrade ram board !!!.....SO.... If you're looking at ANY older 'S' series before the S2000, S3000XL & S3200XL, make sure the unit you buy s/h has enuff ram for your needs... (preferably FULLY expanded), cos buying more ram at new prices from Akai for these older units will cost MORE in total for the s/h unit & the ram upgrade than you might pay for a bigger more powerful sampler in the first place....... So watch out for that one....

Finally 1995, and we reach the next generation Akai's which took over using standard cheap 30 pin simms for the ram & adding Flash rom as an option for instant boot up with your choosen sounds....- This series was the S2000 & the XL's - The 3000XL & the 3200XL .....The MPC2000 quickly brought the MPC series up to similar spec's with simms ram & the S2000 operating structure, and there was also that Remix-16 DJ phrase-sampler jobbie about which i know nada ..... Now read on...Read on....




S-700 / X-7000

1985..........The S700 was the rack sampler, the X7000 was the big massive keyboard version - Both units came with an option to add an extra 6 mono-outs.... Once added, there was some mental arithmatic needed to get the sounds to outputs, as it worked on some sorta stacking system, with slots available to outputs, then you had to stack voices to outputs etc... bit wierd.... These are both 12 Bit samplers with the harsh Akai sound.... I worked for over a year with a guy using one of these with a seperate output mod.... and i don't think it was a coincidence he had a prematurely receding hairline !!....i believe it was the samplers protocol for putting sounds on outputs & channels that drove him banana's...... All-in-all, i'd say they have the usual Akai 'Hard' sound, with reasonable basic filters plenty up to sweeping some drum loops into a building crescendo...... For drums & loops I could recommend one of these especially if it had the multi-out & extra samples-in-memory board fitted,(optional ASK-70 board).... and was real cheap .... after all .... these two models use the same 12 bit sound as the S900 & S950.... Again the expansion boards... These units only did 6 samples in ram unless you added the optional board to get 16 samples.... so a good little drum-box & loop unit... but for stuff like pads, horns or piano's etc... they won't come close to an Emax, Roland 'S' or W30 for detail thru synthesis, but.... these samplers really do some excellent drums & loops & more in lo-fi but sharp & hard sound...They are well crisp...

Both units use the dreaded 2.8 quick-disks or 'Mini-Disks'... very hard to find nowadays - The last batch I got my paws on cost me 30 quid for 10... I guess nowadays you could pick them up here and there from secondhand sellers... but check that if you're looking at buying one - otherwise i dunno how you'll save stuff - as far as i know, there's no way to add a hard-drive to the 7 Series... any corrections there from former owners??...




S-700 / X-7000



Sampling System 12 bit linear
Sampling Rates 3.2 kHz -- 32 kHz
Memory (0.8 seconds sample time/sample at 32 kHz)
Polyphony 6 voices
Maximum Samples 6 / 16 (optional ASK-70 board)
Remark:the length of each sample is limited by 8 seconds; the memory used on one sample does not affect the available memory for the rest.
Maximum Programs 16
Filters Digital low-pass filter, assignable to key velocity
Envelope Generators Release time only
LFOs 1 (vibrato only)
Display 16-character backlit LCD
Storage Devices 2.8-inch quickdisks
Standard Inputs 1/4-inch phone jack
Standard Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2 (both identical)
Assignable Outputs 16 individual outputs (DIN plug) / 6 individual outputs (optional)
Other Outputs The S700 can be hooked up to the VX90 synth module for filters and basic synthesis capabilities. This is the setup the guy used that I worked with.
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1 (for incrementing the program number)
MIDI IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1










S-900

Up to the S-900 and the general progression of this series is in terms of upgrading power & processing....



We get fixed stereo in/out out as standard with this unit, better editing & synthesis, more memory at 750kb, and 8 seperate assignable monophonic outputs....all-in-all, bigger, better more user-freindly unts than the S700/X7000..... These S900 samplers have launched a 1000 hit dance tracks... Great 12 bit sampling sound, but again, limited synthesis ......



As a synth the Emax & Rolands beat the S900 for creative imho..... Sure they can do some pads & stuff, piano's, imitative stuff, sweep some filter on a loop etc, assign filters to velocity & stuff but their forte is as a drum & loop unit (imho).... Great s/h buys ..... the authentic hard-as-nails 12 bit Akai sound...





S-900

s900

Sampling System 12 bit linear
Sampling Rates 40.0 kHz -- 8.0 kHz
Memory 750 kB
Polyphony 8 voices
Maximum Samples 32
Maximum Programs 32
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave) ( v4.0 operating system only)
Envelope Generators 2
LFOs 1
Display Back-lit 40 x 2 characters (640 x 60 dots)
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2DD floppy disk
Standard Inputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 1
Optional Inputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8 (ASK-90 drum trigger board)
Standard Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 3
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI DIN-5P IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1












S1000 / S1000PB / S1000KB / S1100 & S950

Up to 1988 and the 16 bit S-1000 series starts now....these samplers brought in bigger memory (32mb max), 8 X polyphonic 1/4" un-balanced multi-outs & Time-Stretch ... in 3 formats... A 61 note keyboard version..... the standard rack S1000 & it's sister non-sampling, playback-only, S1000PB-(Play-Back).....

2 years after the S1000, and with 1992, the S1100 stepped it up to date with 24 bit internal processing, SCSI as standard, a digital effects board, an AES/EBU digital output, a SMPTE interface, direct to h/d recording etc etc.. (see chart)..

Both became a hit unit used by countless studio's and artists... reliable samplers with good versatility & tons of Cd-roms & samples available via Akai & 3rd party sound designers... Superceded now by the Later 3000 Units and then the newer simms based Akai's (3000xl,32000xl,2000,01) - the S1000/1100 are going for a song now, and are worth a look AS LONG AS THE MEMORY IS FULLY EXPANDED.... The older special Akai memory exspansion-boards were like 300 squids for 8mb, now you can't get 'em, so you therefore really want to find one of these fully expanded.... Problem is, owners don't want to go TOO low with the s/h price, and the glut of S2000's around at about 4-500 squids s/h means that often sellers of the S1000/1100 don't want to go lower than what you'd pay for a newer s2000 with better synthesis features.... so wether it is worth getting one of these over a newer S2000 is down to a few things...

If you DON'T want to add-in any fx boards like the S2000 lets you do & less complexed synthesis is ok for your needs... or if you DO want more outs than the standard S2000's stereo & the s1000/1100 unit has FULL memory fitted, then an older S1000/1100 gets you MORE polyphnic outputs, plenty of ram (max 32mb) at about the same s/h price as a newer S2000... Only thing is, the 2000 has double the polyphony of the older 1000/1100's 16 note poly....(but the same total ram memory)

Anyways... well worth a look for those criteria, but as a creative synth type unit there are way better to be had like the old Roland S760/750/770 or the Emax2, EIII, ASR etc... or any of the cheaper newer units like the ESI32 & S2000, ASRx etc... These older 'S' Series had little more than an ADSR & a basic 18bd/octave filter..... The S1100 was an AV production-house version with smpte read/write, scsi as standard, and the ability to wire in a hard drive & record direct to disk in stereo... You could then build a smpte cue list to do something like a soundtrack or sound-fx dubbing....

In the end that is what made these units so popular with samplists... they were bullet-proof & reliable, but the trade-off was in creativity with synthesis.... There was also an S1000PB - (Play-Back)... which was an S1000 with no sampling ability... way cheaper than the sampling S1000, the S1000PB was designed to be added to an S1000 to provide 2 samplers with double the playback memory & polyphony..... Big studios or performing artists needing lots of memory would add one or more S1000PB units to augment their main sampling-capable S1000....





S-1000 / S1000 KB

S1000 S1000 KEYBOARD

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz
Memory 2 MB (standard) / 32 MB (expanded)
Polyphony 16
Maximum Samples 200
Maximum Programs 100
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-18 dB/octave)
Envelope Generators 2 ADSR
LFOs dunno ??
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots)
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
Standard Inputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
Effect Send 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 1
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
SCSI optional i think ?? anyone ??
AES/EBU Digital In/Out ?? XLR (RS-422 level) x 1 (optional with IB-104 interface)









I'm putting the S950 here, even tho I thought about putting it with the S900, ocs they are both 12 bit....But idecided to keep it cronological....and as far as I remember the 12 bit S950 was released AFTER the 16 bit S1000 as an up-graded S900 or down-graded S1000, featuring stuff from the S1000 OS like time-stretch, but with budget 12 bit sampling for a lower price than the S1000....

Better synthesis on the S950 than it's older cousin the S900..... and bigger memory too... (S-950 goes up to 2.25mb expanded)... The S-950 also had a variable sampling rate... so it is great to totally maximise your sample-time as you can scroll with the big Alpha-dial and select sample rate in small incrememnts....very good feature that....All in all, this is a very viable tool... they can provide ALOT of sample in the mix for the buck....but if I wanted to be a bit more adventurous soundwise, i'd go Emax, Roland s330/550, w30, fz1 territory.... In this budget area, to Akai's favour they are WELL supported for service & repair... try getting a floppy drive for an FZ1 lately ?....The only thing I cant find out, is if the 8 seperate outs are polyphonic or monophonic... anyone ??....





S-950

s950

Sampling System 12 bit linear (16 bit processing)
Sampling Rates 48.0 kHz -- 7.5 kHz
Sampling Bandwidth: 19.2 kHz -- 9.89 kHz
Sampling Times 9.89 secs -- 63.3 secs
Memory 750 kB (standard) / 2.25 MB (expanded)
Polyphony 8 voices
Maximum Samples 99
Maximum Programs 99
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave)
Envelope Generators 2
LFOs 1
Display Back-lit 40 x 2 characters (640 x 60 dots)
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD floppy disk
Standard Inputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 1
Standard Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 3
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
SCSI Optional (IB-109 interface)






The S1100 is next..... This was a beefed up S1000 released 2 years after the S1000.... The 1100 gave you all the extra's and a more powerful 24 bit OS...see the spec...

S-1100

S1100

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz
Memory 2 MB (standard) / 32 MB (expanded)
Polyphony 16
Maximum Samples 200
Maximum Programs 100
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-18 dB/octave)
Envelope Generators 2 ADSR
LFOs dunno ??
Hard Disk Recording Hardware upgrade (optional)
Effects Available
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots)
Help Pages Not available
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
Standard Inputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
Effect Send 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 1
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
SCSI yup - standard
AES/EBU Digital In/Out XLR (RS-422 level) x 1 (optional with IB-104 interface)
SMPTE Reader/Generator 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2












S-3000 / S-3200 / S-2800 / S01 / CD-3000

Next up we go to the first 3000 series - still 16 bit samplers, but with an improved OS, better filters, Balanced XLR's added to the main stereo In/OUT's as well as the 1/4" un-balanced & some basic added fx.... The 3000 was the standard with all the extra stuff as optional, the 3000i added s/pdif, but the rest optional... the CD3000i offered the idea to load samples from it's internal cdrom only, thus providing a sample-library playback unit but no ability to sample & 1/4" un-balanced connectors.... Then we go up to the 3200, which was the AV production equipt model - coming with all the options for AES/EBU, SMPTE & S/PDif fitted, as well as adding reverb to the basic fx and the option to add an Optical-magneto drive as well as standard h/d available to the 3000 & 3000i..... Finally, they released a cut-down cheaper 3000 series - The 2800's.... these couldn't add h/d recording, lacked the XLR in/out's on the main in/outs, and only had an extra assignable stereo out as opposed to the others 8 extra poly outs....Also they only went up to 16mb ram max, but the same polyphony (32 note) - The 2800i added s/pdif as standard, and came with the fx added, but not reverb, just the time based stuff as for the 3000... echo, chorus & pitch-shift delay....

NOW.... These 3000 Series samplers ALL use the OLD AKAI RAM BOARDS..... as mentioned above, these cost a packet new (they are still available from Akai)... and are very rare on the s/h market, even in a big place like London... So... again... If you're after a s/h one of these, check that it is FULLY upgraded IF you need the full memory size .... If it aint fully loaded the option is VERY costly....

To put it in perspective tho... an old S1000 or whatever, with 8mb, IS a powerful tool... 8mb is alot for doing a track believe me....for live gigs even you can still do it with 8mb....

So.... here's the first 3000 series samplers ... this was the last series before the newer SIMMS based units.....





S-3000

S3000

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz
Memory 8 MB (standard) / 32 MB (expanded)
Polyphony 32 voices
Maximum Samples 255
Maximum Programs 254
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance)
Envelope Generators 2 (1 multi-stage)
LFOs 2
Hard Disk Recording IB-304F 2nd LSI board (optional)
Effects Echo/Chorus/Pitch Shift/Delay
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots)
Help Pages Provided
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
3.5-inch hard disk (optional) internally mountable
Standard Inputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
SCSI IB-301S SCSI interface board (optional)
AES/EBU Digital In/Out IB-302D digital interface board (optional)
SMPTE Reader/Generator IB-303T SMPTE board (optional)






S-3000i

S3000i

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz
Memory 8 MB (standard) / 32 MB (expanded)
Polyphony 32 voices
Maximum Samples 255
Maximum Programs 254
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance)
Optional upgrade to an additional hi-/band-/low-pass filter
Envelope Generators 2 (1 multi-stage)
LFOs 2
Hard Disk Recording IB-304F 2nd LSI board (optional)
Effects Echo/Chorus/Pitch Shift/Delay
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots)
Help Pages Provided
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
3.5-inch hard disk (optional) internally mountable
Standard Inputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
SCSI yup - standard
AES/EBU Digital In/Out IB-302D digital interface board (optional)
SMPTE Reader/Generator IB-303T SMPTE board (optional)






CD3000i

CD3000i

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz
Memory 8 MB (standard) / 16 MB (expanded)
Polyphony 32 voices
Maximum Samples 255
Maximum Programs 254
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance)
Envelope Generators 2 (1 multi-stage)
LFOs 2
Effects Echo/Chorus/Pitch Shift/Delay
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots)
Help Pages Provided
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
3.5-inch CD-ROM drive
Standard Inputs None - it doesn't sample
Standard Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
SCSI yup - standard
AES/EBU Digital In/Out IB-302D digital interface board (optional)
SMPTE Reader/Generator IB-303T SMPTE board (optional)







S-3200

S3200

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz
Memory 8 MB (standard) / 32 MB (expanded)
Polyphony 32 voices
Maximum Samples 255
Maximum Programs 254
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance)
Digital moving hi-/band-/low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance)
Envelope Generators 2 (1 multi-stage)
LFOs 2
Hard Disk Recording Provided
Effects Echo/Chorus/Pitch Shift/Delay/Reverb
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots)
Help Pages Provided
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
3.5-inch hard disk (optional) internally mountable
3.5-inch M/Optical disk drive (optional) internally mountable
Standard Inputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
SCSI yup - standard
AES/EBU Digital In/Out yup - standard
SMPTE Reader/Generator yup - standard







S-2800

S2800

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz
Memory 2 MB (standard) / 16 MB (expanded)
Polyphony 32 voices
Maximum Samples 255
Maximum Programs 254
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance)
Envelope Generators 2 (1 multi-stage)
LFOs 2
Effects Echo/Chorus/Pitch Shift/Delay
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots)
Help Pages Provided
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
Standard Inputs 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI IN x 1, OUT x 1m THRU x 1
Hard Disk Recording nope - not on this model
SCSI IB-301S SCSI interface board (optional)
AES/EBU Digital In/Out IB-302D digital interface board (optional)
SMPTE Reader/Generator Not available







S-2800i

S2800i

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz
Memory 8 MB (standard) / 16 MB (expanded)
Polyphony 32 voices
Maximum Samples 255
Maximum Programs 254
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance)
Envelope Generators 2 (1 multi-stage)
LFOs 2
Effects Echo/Chorus/Pitch Shift/Delay
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots)
Help Pages Provided
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
Standard Inputs 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI DIN-5P IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
Hard Disk Recording nope - not on this model
SCSI standard
AES/EBU Digital In/Out IB-302D digital interface board (optional)
SMPTE Reader/Generator Not available







Finaly in the series, (although released before the CD3000), we have the budget S01.... This was a cheap sampler Akai released designed to get people a genuine Akai sampler - but with VERY limited features....It had only a 2mb max memory, 8 note poly, only 8 samples max in memory, and is mono-timbrel... I think they released this so that studio's with a multi-track could get access to Akai's sample library, and use it to play stuff down onto tape for mapped sounds, phrase sampling, or/and as a drum sample module.... so for a drum box & phrase sampler, these units are ok... except no multi-outs.... in fact... I thought these were mono output only ??....



S-01

S01

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 32 kHz
Memory 1 MB (standard) / 2 MB (expanded)
Polyphony 8 voices
Maximum Samples 8
Maximum Programs 128?
Recording Gain ??
Filters Not sure
Envelope Generators Not sure
LFOs Not sure
Hard Disk Recording Not on this babe !!
Effects Nope
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
Standard Inputs 1/4-inch phone jack
Standard Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack x 2
Assignable Outputs Nope - mono I think, maybe stereo
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI IN x 2, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
SCSI Nope
AES/EBU Digital In/Out Nope
SMPTE Reader/Generator Nope-no-nope












AKAI SAMPLERS - PART 2 - NEXT GENERATION

So there ya have it.... The older Akai 'S' Series..... S612, S700/X7000, S900/S950, S1000/S1100, S3000/S3000i/CD3000/S3200/S2800/S2800i

Now we have the newer Akai's.... The S2000, S3000XL, S3200XL & the .... All using the 30 pin Simms as standard... cheaper to upgrade.... check 'em out....

The S3200XL is like the S1100 was to the S1000.... The 3200XL is geared toward AV suites & the film/TV sector, with built-in smpte read/write, AES/EBU i/o and the FX-board comes as standard....It also uses professional balanced XLR connectors for it's main stereo IN/OUT to complement the standard 1/4" un-balanced connectors....So like th S1100 this units can prepare a cue list to smpte, and comes with all the gumph fitted like fx & extra filters & h/d recording... The idea was that the unit could do all the functions you needed for recording & sampling....

Both 3000XL models can do stereo h/d recording to a appropriately fitted H/D....The 3200XL can also take an internal megneto-optical drive...









S-2000 / S-3000XL / S-3200XL




S-2000

S2000

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz
Memory 2 MB (standard) / 32 MB ROM + 16 MB ROM (expanded)
Polyphony 32 voices
Maximum Samples 255
Maximum Programs 254
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance)
Extra filter board (optional)
Envelope Generators 2 (1 multi-stage)
LFOs 2
Hard Disk Recording Not available
Effects EB-16 Multi Effector (optional)
Display Back-lit 16 x 2 characters (128 x 16 dots)
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
Standard Inputs 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs IB-208P 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8 (optional)
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
SCSI Provided
SMPTE Reader/Generator Not available






S-3000XL

S3000XL

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz
Memory 2 MB (standard) / 32 MB ROM + 16 MB ROM (expanded)
Polyphony 32 voices
Maximum Samples 255
Maximum Programs 254
Recording Gain HI = -58 dBm / MID = -38 dBm / LOW = -18 dBm
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance)
Envelope Generators 2 (1 multi-stage)
LFOs 2
Hard Disk Recording Provided
Effects EB-16 Multi Effector (optional)
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots)
Help Pages Provided
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
3.5-inch hard disk (optional) internally mountable
Standard Inputs 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
SCSI Provided
S/PDIF Digital In/Out Provided
SMPTE Reader/Generator Not available







S-3200XL

S3200XL

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz
Memory 16 MB (standard) / 32 MB ROM + 16 MB ROM (expanded)
Polyphony 32 voices
Maximum Samples 255
Maximum Programs 254
Recording Gain HI = -58 dBm / MID = -38 dBm / LOW = -18 dBm
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance)
Envelope Generators 2 (1 multi-stage)
LFOs 2
Hard Disk Recording Provided
Effects Echo/Chorus/Pitch Shift/Delay/Reverb
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots)
Help Pages Provided
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
3.5-inch hard disk (optional) internally mountable
3.5-inch MO disk drive (optional) internally mountable
Standard Inputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
SCSI Provided
S/PDIF Digital In/Out Provided
SMPTE Reader/Generator Provided













So..... There ya have it... That should answer all your Akai Sampler basic's about what each of the older models is like..... Now Akai have moved up a notch again, with their top-end samplers now being the S5000 & S6000... monster AV-Production samplers with huge ram memory & rediculous polyphony WAY WAY beyond anything you'd EVER need for doing club-sounds.... These units are designed to be a total sound solution for remix and/or film/audio/media production for which i'm sure they do an admirable job, giving enuff sample time for the dubbing crew to cue up a load of stereo soundtrack featured 'Singles' as well as a full midi composed orchestration complete with loads of multi-sampled string hits & bowing styles, quality multi-sampled piano's, long evolving pads etc.. sound FX etc - the lot !!.... or for a long set involving alot of samples & even vocals etc... one of these can do it... you could do an album in one easily... for that work, sure, i'd look at one.... Personally tho, i'd say they are way over the top for most everyday dance needs.... if you're doing club sounds, even 1mb is plenty to do a track !!, but it's good to have more.....Still, if you can afford it - Go for it !!.....

So we leave the story there.... The new S5000 and S6000.....actually, me mate Barry has got one of them so i'll pop round one day and ask him to gimme a run thru... (give him some time to get into it tho)...

Hope this is of some help.... straightened me out on a few things especially the s2800














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Name:  Kenny Sabarese
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Date:  16-Apr-99

i wanna get an s1000 or an s950 or an s01 average proces anyone? email me CYA

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Name:  kilo
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in the Uk - s1000/950's are about 350-500 ish... 01 about 200-250 ish (uk sterling)

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Name:  Alex Daniels
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Date:  14-Jun-99

Totally disagree about the S6000 being overkill for dance music. Timestretching drums and vocals requires memory. And the S5000/6000 has proper phase coherant timestretching. If you have $1000, get a yamaha A3000, $1500 - S5000, $2400 - S6000. If you have <$1000 get a job and start saving!
I had to save a lot for my S6000, but it was worth every penny. Check out the web page link for a review.

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Name:  k
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Date:  16-Aug-99

yeah, maybe but then top kit was NEVER a criteria for turning out good dance, in fact all the top creators used shitty cheap gear... that is the beauty of dance

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Name:  luciano
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Date:  28-Aug-99

what the........?????? man you forgot the s2800 why?????????

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Name:  Eddy Garcia
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Date:  30-Mar-00

Where can I buy a hard drive w/ installation kit for the S3000XL? From what I understand, here in the U.S. is not available and I think I've heard that is not recommended to install one internally.Thanks!!!

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Name:  psychonaut
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Date:  04-Oct-00

this is a great review for all of us beginners in the area of samplers! very intresting, and informative!

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Name:  Sidney Cruz
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Date:  05-Jan-04

Estou procurando o Disk-Boot para Akai S2000.

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Name:  John Bayldon
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Date:  09-Jan-04

Seeking info about keyboard- GeneralmusicWX2 which I have and has been haunting me for years. It's basically a sample player-nice pianos,saxes- and came with a load of samples on floppies, some of which are marked 'Akai S-300 samples' and do check out as such, however, the thing doesn't recognise my Akai samples/ disks, and neither does the Akai recognise WX's disks.
There is clearly something my simple mind is missing.
How can I get Akai samples into the K'board?
Suggestions please.

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Name:  bashir
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ihave general music wx2 iwant book of general music wx2 english ihave this imail raaxeeye_4@hotmail.com

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Name:  djjay
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Date:  06-Feb-04

hello

i have akai x-7000 and some keys doesn't work
. it is posible to repair it or buy keyboard

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Date:  28-Feb-04

hello i'm looking for the x7000
original disk to test a second hand
keyboard before i buy it do you know
where icould download this?
thanxk-

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Name:  pete rok
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fresh website man.
cud u send me some basic notes on how to get started with my new s2800....peace.

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Name:  Colin
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Date:  05-Apr-04

could some please tell me how load a sample then it truncate it in a S6000 please

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Name:  Sir Ruff
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Date:  17-Apr-04

Very thorough! I appreciated the points on actual synthesis, and the difference between "workhorse" and "creative" samplers-it's one thing to just be a ble to record/playback, and another to truly mangle sounds....

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Name:  Dieter Kaudel
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Date:  22-May-04

Hello friends,

I just got an older Akai S3200 sampler but I do not have any of the factory floppy "sound library" discs. At this point all I hear it the great test-tone.
Could anyone make me a copy of a disc so I can get started?

Thanks friends, hope to hear from you.
Please email me to dieter@kksound.com

Best
Dieter

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Date:  15-Mar-05

what type of memory expansion does the akai s2800 accept. i know someone who has almostevery available type in stock but doesn't know which my sampler takes. cheers

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Date:  16-Jun-05

is there a downloadable system disc for the 3000xl as akai`s own site is v poor

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Name:  Phill Sampson
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Date:  08-Sep-05

Hi, I've getting a s3200 and wanted to get a hard disk or mo drive installed.
How Much Space can each drive give, i've heard the max for a 3.5" hard disk is 540mb max but what's the highest you could get from a compatable mo drive

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Name:  luke
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Date:  27-Oct-05

Just bought a second hand Akai S3000XL, when i switch it on it sticks on one screen with one message at the bottom saying: waiting for hard disk ready.. SKIP
At this point i cannot do anything with the sampler. I did not get an external drive or any akai floppys with it on purchasing it, i dont know exactley what i should do its a real dissapointment not being able to use it. Please help.

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Name:  dave
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Date:  19-Nov-05

anyone know how much the s1000 keyboard is worth on vintage value fully expanded but back light on scene not workin everything else is fine ?????

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Name:  admin
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Date:  01-Dec-05

dunno, but be careful, depending where you are, but in london at the date of this post, a few weeks back I heard of a collegue of a freind picking up a perfectly working s1000 for £50 GBP!!.. ok that was in London where gear is VERY cheap s/hand, but older akai s1000's etc have slumped in value now pc sampling is taking over. The s950 is really the only one which might hold a bit of value, in that they now go for about the same or more than s1000 because of the classic 12bit sound AND they had the best timestretch on the s950

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Name:  Tony Durnford
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Date:  03-Dec-05

Could you please advise me where I could download the manual for the Akai CD 3000XL. Thank You

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Name:  G Williams
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Date:  19-Jan-06

Are the expansions for the S2000 identical to the MPC 2000. I just bought a Flash RAM board that was advertised for the MPC2000XL, but it came with instructions for the S2000 and 2 other S Series samplers. I can't get it to fit...so I'm thinking they're slightly different. I have seen pictures of the Flash ROM's and the one I have looks fine...but the angle bracket will not accept it. It seems to be a smidget off.

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Name:  Frederic Blairon
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Date:  05-Aug-06

hello
a have a S700 but a have no disks need 5 and a need the info book of the sampler ho it work
can you help?

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Name:  Orlando Brown
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Date:  27-Feb-07

hi, quick question, the Akai IB-M208P 8 out board that comes in the S2000, and MPC2000, is it the same as the 8 out board in the S3200XL?

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Name:  mike
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Date:  18-Jan-08

what technically is the 'D-Time' on the S950's timestretch? anyone know?

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Name:  Edward Sheldrick
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Date:  30-Jan-08

S300XL Display keeps coming up with 'DISK DRIVE NOT READY' when booting up so unable to access Akai samples. Total cost since purchasing unit, scsi drive + disks 6 years ago has been over £1800 and never been able to use it. Just found your super site today and hope your knowledge and experience can offer a solution.

Thnx in anticipation

Edward Sheldrick

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Name:  rollofonico
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Date:  09-Feb-08

Just bought a second hand Akai S3000XL, when i
switch it on, it starts loading os 1.5 but then it
sticks on one screen with one message at the
bottom saying: waiting for hard disk ready.. SKIP At
this point i cannot do anything with the sampler. I
did not get an external drive or any akai floppys
with it on purchasing it, i dont know exactley what i
should do its a real dissapointment not being able
to use it. tried downloading os 2.0 but need to back
it up on floppy in some way for the sample to read..
Please help.

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Name:  Bernard
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Date:  23-May-08

Hi All ,My introduction to all this music lark was back in the early 80s ,Inspired by kraftwork etc. It was a costly job buying gear back then,I built up a small home studio comprising DX100/Korg poly2/Atari st and various other stuff. But I allways aspired to own a sampler but these were way above my income. The nearest I got to buying was a casio SK1 (Crap).Anyway to sum up I Just purchased a second hand Akai S2000 on ebay and had a surprise when it sold for £33 plus P&p. I think its a stock model but not shure till it arrives,so ordered some simms just in case (very cheap).Have I got a bargain!! at last.

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Date:  05-Sep-08

Just discovered this great site while trying to find out why my new hard drive in my S1000 cannot be formatted. It just says disc drive not ready. Anyone know what to do?

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AWESOME ARTICLE

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Name:  kincy
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Date:  15-Mar-09

Where can I find the 3.5 floppy disk for the akai 3000xl? I cannot find mine. I haven't used it in a while.

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Name:  fling dong
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Date:  22-May-09

can you use a akai s3000xl external hard drive with the akai s2000 sampler does anyone know

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Date:  27-Jun-09

Man... I'd love to get my hands on an older s950!!!
I'd use it with my MPC2000XL and ASR-10... killer sampler trio right there!!!!!

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Name:  cj-303
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Date:  05-Mar-11

love the akai S series samplers, esp s900 to s3000 era!!(like the newer ones too, though the older ones have that ballsy sound!).

by the way, a possable solution for s3000/s3200 users with dodgy drives!you can dump audio using recycle via SMPTE, although truth is if you can find a old 286/386/486 or atari/amega floppy drive in working order (tons of them about,must have jumpers on back of drive!) you can simply re-arrange the jump connecters at the back to match the jumper configeration of your old akai floppy drive, and BINGO(works with most cases!).

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OH sorry, i forgot its only the XL series that have standard SMPTE. Another good thing to try is disk imaging if you are intending to re-install a new OS (check out omniflop for this!).

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Name:  Ian
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Date:  05-Aug-11

Hi Everyone,
Just found this site , ain't it great . Now I have a whole draw full of genuine Akai sample cards . S1000 / S950 / MPC 60 Etc . We are talking of about 50 or so ( Many Duplicates ) . Most are still brand new. Many moons ago I used to be a Pro Musician. So all these cards were my back up . However , these awsome machines hardly ever packed up . So consiquently , the cards were never used. ( I had custom made back-ups as well ) So they have remained in a drawer for almost ever. Maybe some of you guys might be interested before I list them on E-Bay . Give me a call on price willing to pay & I'll send you a list . It maybe your lucky day !! I also I have many other sample cards belonging to Hammond / Orla / Roland / Kawai / Kurzweil ( Inc.the legendary K250 ) Manuals as well as Samples . In the case of the K250 , they are Mac . Hope that I can help someone . Give me a call. IAN :

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Date:  29-Nov-11

Great article, i love akai samplers, i have s1100, s3000xl and s5000.

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Name:  RICARDO DEL CAMPO
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Date:  30-Mar-12

Could you provide me quote and lead-time of AKAI S3200XL sampler?

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I have two s2800's ..!
One of them expanded with scsi and 16mb full ram..!
I mostly use them for giving my sounds the akai's character on sound and then transfer them to an yamaha A4000 which has 128mb ram , hard disk and 99 effects to choose 6 from them to use together with diffirent routings!
i also have an mpc2000 classic and an mpc500 which help me a lot with drum programming and sequencing!

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IB-16S SCSI interface board
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MERCI DE VOTRE RÉPONSE

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Thanks so much for this history! I was going nuts trying to figure out why my S-1000 Manual kept referring to the S-900 and not the S-950-- It came out AFTER the 1000! Learning when the MPCs came out relative to the samplers was also enlightening; and exactly what made the difference between the old school machines vs. the later. And I haven't even finished this article yet...guess my only question would be if you knew for certain what mpcs shared the same sample engines with what samplers--if at all.

Hope this finds you as enthusiastic as you must have to take the time to share your knowledge of what in the past year has become an all-consuming passion of mine.

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I have a CD3000XL. not on the list :) looks different than the others. got it mint. with original box and manual. was
only turned on once. I use it a lot. love it :)

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