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
Insite the G-A
March 3, 2011 @ 5:14 pm
just bought an S-1000KB a few days ago for $175 and at first i was thinking to myself why did i buy a dinosaur sampler let alone one this big what a waste of money and space, but once i wrapped my mind around the functions of it i have to say i absolutley love it. the sound is clean on the high end and rugged in the lows and using it with mpc2000 to sequence is a dream its like having an mpc3000 basically minus the roger linn sequencing those late 80's early 90's 16-bit a-d converters are amazing best purchase to date and thats saying a lot considering i only paid $100 for my mpc....
Olvus Really?
February 20, 2011 @ 6:56 pm
Also, Thanks to so many people swept along in the wave of latest model gear lust,
That little lot is also much cheaper than the latest model mpc5K!

Olvus Really?
February 20, 2011 @ 6:48 pm
Olvus, Really!? outdated?!?

well seeing as this is V I N T A G E synth explorer what else must be outdated, what else constitutes too old??

The current model must be the MPC5000, Really?
You mean the one made by Numarc.
The S1000 is a sampler not a Midi Production Centre.
The converters in this unit are great.
The filters are lush, sounding smoother than a lot of the software I have to use.
Give me one of these a beautifully outdated e6400 and a Obsolete MPC60 anyday day of the decade over that Beta test in progress they call the mpc5000.

I know what sounds warmer.
February 12, 2011 @ 6:38 am
That's also point a view, ind i'm glad that its not only yours! Thank you, cos if all people thought only about vintage good sounding samplers with nice sounding converters, we could not buy high quallity audio gear at a price of $ 100
February 9, 2011 @ 2:06 pm
This equipment has become outdated. AFAIK, the latest model - MPC 5000
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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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