Akai S1000

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An oldie but a goodie. Akai's great sampler of the late eighties! It actually still stacks up pretty well even today! A 16-bit, 22kHz to 44.1kHz sampler with 2MB to 32MB of RAM. Editing and programming the S1000 is a very good precursor to the advanced S3000 series. There are lots of advanced edit capabilities for looping, truncating, sample merging, time comp/exp, tuning and even analog-like parameters to control its filters and envelopes. Individual outputs for each of the 16 voices, stereo mix out, stereo input, MIDI, and trigger inputs round out this machine as a professional vintage-status sampler that still proves to be very useful even today! It is used by Moby, The Chemical Brothers, SkyLab, Scanner, Fluke, Nick Rhodes, Fatboy Slim, LTJ Bukem, Mr. Oizo, Crystal Method, Pet Shop Boys, Gary Numan, Future Sound of London, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Mouse on Mars, and Apollo 440.

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The S1000KB was a nice big keyboard version of this mega-sampler. It featured a 61-note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch sensitivity and room for an 80MB hard disk. SCSI and digital interfaces were available on both keyboard and rack versions. Other variations include the S1000PB playback-only unit and the S1000HD with its built-in 40MB hard disk.

Following the S1000 came the S1100 (1990) which boasted up to 32MB of sampling with 24-bit internal processing! Also on-board were a SCSI interface, digital effects, AES/EBU digital output, SMPTE reader/gen, and optional hard-disk recording.

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40 Visitor comments
July 28, 2009 @ 4:43 pm
The S1000KB is big. Really big! if you like your sampling keyboards BIG (not to mention heavy, unwieldy, cumbersome...,) Then this is the beast for you..., if you can find one. The upshot is you will have enough room to fit some floppy disks, several desktop modules, a drum machine, your sheet music, a couple of video monitors, a laptop computer (or tower if you're so inclined), a coffeemaker, microwave, a roadmap of Europe, and a book.
April 18, 2009 @ 2:52 am
also used by boards of canada
Nick Esposito
March 13, 2009 @ 5:35 pm
How many samples can be created and stored to disk (rather than the number of voices)?
March 8, 2009 @ 3:08 am
dj krush also use this one
Dan Wilson
October 29, 2008 @ 5:36 pm
The AKAI S1000 is built like a tank and is from an era when build quality really mattered. The only real weakness is that the displays become very dim with age. The good news is that the EL backlight element can be replaced fairly easily. These samplers will work with SCSI Magneto Optical drives eg. Olympus 230II which makes storing and backing up samples much more convenient than hard drives. Although an old technology MO disks have a reputation for superb data retention - quite unlike SCSI ZIP drives!!!

Dan, Hideaway Studio.
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  • Manual - Click this link to download the Akai owner's manual for the S1000.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Sampler - 16-bit linear sampling (44.1kHz, variable) 47.4 seconds MAX sample time at 22kHz
  • Filter - 18 dB/oct digital filter
  • VCA - ADSR
  • Effects - None
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - None (S1000KB: 61 notes with velocity + aftertouch)
  • Storage - 2 MB expandable to 32 MB
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1988 - 1993
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