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Akai S950

20-Aug-2017

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Akai S950



Category:  Products / sampler / akai

Added: 05-Jan-99  |  Author: admin

New price: discontinued  |   S/H price: 400-450

Akai S950

he S-950 was released about 1988, as an upgrade from the S-900..... it was like the old S-900, still 12 bit, but you could expand the ram memory to 2.25mb

Akai also upped the max sample rate to 48k, and added such functions as cross-fade looping as standard.... (s/w upgradable on the S-900)..... most importantly for some, Akai added the Time-Stretch function so essential for matching loops and vocal phrases etc to BPM tempo.......

You also got the ability to use HD disks as well as DD's..... but pretty much the rest is as for the S-900.......stereo out, + 8 mono seperate outs....

So...... if your a user, add your comments please..... a better workhorse than the S-900...... and available fairly cheap...... worth a look for a cheap budget sampler....As used by Moby, D:ream etc.....



S-950 SPEC'S

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)




Well... The classic old S950 - Do NOT under-estimate this sampler, they are superb, and the variable sampling allows you to really get the most out of the limited ram memory... comments please..









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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: Kenny Sabarese
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Date: 17-Apr-99

i wanna buy this sampler if anyone knows where i can find one e mail me thanx

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: john chung
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Date: 24-Aug-99

i was puttering around the local music shop playing with their Z1 when i spotted this baby in the used rack for ... $175/US! Had the full memory expansion, everything worked ... I almost soiled my panties.

The sound is classic crunchiness, especially at lower sampling rates. The time-stretch is classic Akai. 8 assignable outs are great, but each out can only play one voice at a time. I believe the only multi-voice outputs are the MIX and the L / R outs.

Filter is the bomb, sounds nice and musical. Lotsa stuff you can do with this machine ... this plus a couple synths and an audio/midi sequencer like cakewalk and you've got a great minimum setup ... (like mine haha)

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: Mike
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Date: 14-Jun-01

I am just about to purchase one ($400au) after a while o' searching, but the fools don't have a manual.. Does anybody out there have one that i could copy? Will i need a manual? Any special tricks and tips?

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: steve
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Date: 01-Feb-03

can anyone tell me where i can
download programs for the akai S950?

i'm looking for piano, string, percussion and drum sounds...

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: Matt
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Date: 02-Feb-03

I leant my S950 to a friend and he lost the power lead :( anyone know where I can get a replacement?

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: Cam
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Date: 03-Feb-03

You can download a manual at akaipro.com, but if you have used samplers and keyboards before the 950 isn't that hard to learn.

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: cam
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Date: 03-Feb-03

Oh yeah... I soldered in a standard IEC socket in the back of mine instead of the akai one. Now I can use a standard power lead.

Be careful - if you aren't sure what you are doing get someone who does.

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: dj fear
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Date: 12-Aug-03

My disk drive doesn't load the disk
information. the drive is trying to load
but something stops it.

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: idjut boy
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Date: 26-Nov-03

Thanks for sharing that informative review that with us.^^^ idiot.

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: ceda
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Date: 06-Jan-04

do you need a start up disk for the 950 if so is it downloadable

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: lard
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laaaaaaaaaaaatd
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Date: 07-Jan-04

the OS is stored internally ceda, so there's no need for a startup disk (unless you want to use a more recent OS revision and don't want to pay for hte eproms).

LARD SAYS - TOP SAMPLER.

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: ceda
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Date: 12-Jan-04

thanks for the quick response. is there an os revision?

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: mehdi
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Date: 08-Feb-04

how can i transfer waves files from my computer to my s950? i've tried with soundforge but it don't work . thanx for your request !

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: harmon
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Date: 16-Feb-04

What would b the price to pay for a ib-109 scsi interface for s950?

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: bugging_4_fun
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Date: 27-Mar-04

I use the Akai S 950 and my Atari 1040stf Sampler.These 2 things are the best of both worlds.I don't like the pc to make music and never will because when it comes to midi the pc can't match up to the Atari.

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: soon
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Date: 03-Nov-04

i m seach s950 sampler lasest os dowload site help please

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: admin
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Date: 03-Nov-04

it's on the akai site no?

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: Gianni
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Date: 09-Nov-04

What would b the price to pay for a ib-109 scsi interface for s950?

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: Gianni
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Date: 09-Nov-04

Who I could ask if there is the possibility to by now mount a hard disk on the obsolete AKAI s950? Salutes.

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: Errol Hewitt
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Date: 23-Dec-04

hi all
where can i find the latest OS for the s950

many thanks in advance
errol

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: shailesh
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Date: 17-Jan-05

hi

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: ismhigh
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Date: 24-Mar-06

this shit is dope
the filter is ridiculously dope..


rip j dilla

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: mike
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Date: 06-Jun-06

this is the grunge'n'grit master. it's best for oldskool rave be it Hardcore or Jungle no doubt!. just try loading an amen or apache break into it and hear the crunch! i've spent time chopping up my breaks and sequencing them with MED (a pc tracker)
samples the 808bassdrum very nice! gotta have deep bass and this baby can blow off doors with it's low freq response!
filter is the nice and warm too. the perfect rave machine, the limited ram makes you work you hard and get creative.

the Operating system is clear, clear akai way of working, fire it on - add some 'programs' - name & record your samples, tweak the them a bit (start time/end time/looping) go back to the program pages and assign that program with your sample of choice (this is on page 05 I beleive), set up your filters and ADSRs and then have FUN!

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: Lab Ratz
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Date: 19-Jun-06

This is the best sampler to get for that early 90's hiphop sound . I find it to sound a bit nicer then the S900 and it also has more modern features that help you get loops and programs built fast. The A/D converters must be different on the s950 vs. the s900 as well since things sampled on the 950 have a brighter edge to them vs. the dull sound of the s900.

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: marcus
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Date: 10-Jan-07

email me and i will send you the manual in pdf format so you will need adobe acrobat reader to view it

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Product:  Akai - S950
Name: T.W.A.D.E.
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Date: 02-Jul-07

I love this sampler, almost as much as my kid! But it definately will not steer you wrong, wether you're doing Hip Hop or R & B(rough & beautiful) tracks!

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