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
Mats D.
December 12, 2010 @ 10:58 am
I did a thorough comparison between the Akai S1000(HD version) and S3000XL, and found that the S1000 sounds a lot better especially when playing back low frequency samples. Seems like the S3000XL retains the full spectrum of the sound (highly digital and utterly clean!) over the entire range; enhancing the low-freq noise in the lower fields, whereas the S1000 makes it more "muddy", dark and brooding; discarding the low-freq noise, and thus performs more "analogish" than its successor. Absolutely wonderful!
Takashi Watanabe
November 3, 2010 @ 11:36 pm
For this machine, it's useless to say "It is also used by.. ".
Anyone produced electric music in this age must have used this machine at least once, it is hard to believe if someone says he/she didn't.
October 24, 2010 @ 1:52 am
in short: i love this unit.

its somewhere between the 950 and 2000/3000xl, not as thick basses as the 12-bit precursor but much better higher mids and highs, while not losing the touch and compact ground like the follow ups did.

i´ve got the 1100 unit with scsi onboard, therefore the floppy is replaced by a internal ZIP drive. this works perfectly. the screen is big and uses graphics, programming is really well thought (genius marker/jumper function, a-z direct keys for naming, intelligent sample assignment) and bug free, the fx are good and allow tweakings.

the only real complain is to have no resonance for the filters and no "resample with fx" option. i dodn´t even miss mesa as its much more fun and quality way of work to sample by hand. its just always beautiful how the signal has improved just by being recorded.

i think i´ll get a second one soon as there are some noises and fuzzes with mine, but so far it helps knocking it a few times :)
October 13, 2010 @ 4:03 pm
Does anyone know where to get the manual for this? The link is broken...
Also, I can't seem to get a floppy disc to work, I tried to format it and everything...
June 17, 2010 @ 1:39 pm
Soul Coughing pic can be found here:

http://www.100xr.com/100_XR/Artists/S/Soul_Coughing/Soul_Coughing-band-1994 .jpg
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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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