Akai S01

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Akai's S01 Midi Digital Sampler. It seems almost obsolete these days. Released in 1993, this 2-space rack unit offered 8-voices of polyphony, and 1 MB (expandable to 2 MB) of sample memory for about 15 to 30 seconds of sample time. Yeah, it's pretty weak, but for the time it was an excellent entry-level sampler or even as an addition to your S-1000, S-1100 or MPC2000. Sampling specs are 16-bit and 32 kHz (not cd-quality). The sampler only records samples in mono. Built-in 3.5 floppy disk drive lets you store your samples or load from libraries (it has no SCSI interface).

The eight trigger buttons on the front correspond to each of the 8 samples you can have and can be used to trigger them. You can truncate your samples, transpose and loop and even reverse them. The S01 features two MIDI inputs, which can be switched with a switch on the front panel. There's one mono sample input, one mono output and one headphone output at the front panel and one mono output at the back. Playback and sampling can be controlled with an additional foot-switch.

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24 Visitor comments
March 16, 2011 @ 2:52 am
Daft punk releleased their song "One More time" using one of these!
Dave Colins
March 15, 2011 @ 4:34 pm
These days this thing is more or less obsolete in its standard form, but i just got mine modded with a rackmounted 'sample grinding patchbay' from circuitbenders.co.uk and its absolutely obscene now!
Honestly, this thing is ridiculous. Theres stuff you can do with it that you couldn't get anywhere near with any amount of plugins. I'm not affiliated with them in any way but its the best money i've ever spent. Check it out if you want to bring your S01 back from the dead: http://www.circuitbenders.co.uk/synthmod/S01.html
December 16, 2010 @ 9:02 pm
The power of Akai S01 is its simplicity. Put three or four great analog synth sounds samples into a disk, turn on the machine with the disk in, and you have got a great sound module.
Son of MooG
April 23, 2010 @ 5:31 am
i still use mine together with my Mirage, the Akai pref. for loops of any kind in mono, in spite of the sampling options of my Juno-G V 2.0. Every device has its advantages...
kell g
January 28, 2010 @ 7:57 pm
just found mine...heavy as all heck but really cool to use,i need to download the disks that came with it ....i downloaded the manuals to it ,,,,,,again easy to under stand.....mc 303 akai so1 and my pioneer sr-202w reverberation is what i use i keep it simple....need to get midi keyboard for the sampler......!!!!!!!....overalll love it !!!!!!!!
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Sampler - 16 bit, 32 kHz linear
  • Memory - 1mb (15.625 seconds), expandable to 2mb with EXM01 (32.25 seconds)
  • LFO - None
  • VCF - None
  • VCA - level and release are controllable
  • Effects - None
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - Midi (16-channels, 2x IN, 1x OUT, 1x THRU)
  • Date Produced - 1993
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Akai Pro

    Additional info provided by Holger Hohnwald.

    Reviewed November 2007.

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