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
October 25, 2011 @ 3:57 pm
Does the S-1000 do 12 bit ?
July 9, 2011 @ 8:54 pm
about the digitals output we can used it for listen the mix of the programm or only for sending samples ???
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May 30, 2011 @ 5:17 am
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May 25, 2011 @ 9:11 am
alex - you can get replacement backlights on eBay in the United Kingdom. I just fitted one to my S3000XL - the installation was easy, and I now turn off the backlight whenever I don't need the screen to ensure I get a long life out of it.
May 19, 2011 @ 5:42 am
Hi guys!
Somebody gave me an Akai S1000 rack : the problem is that the screen backlight doesn't work anymore, but we can see that the lcd is ok if you put a light towards it. So, I can't use this S1000 because of the backlight non-function. I work under Mac OSX.
My question is :
Is anybody knows what kind of software could I use to totaly remote this amazing sampler? Even if this is an old Windows software, I could use it under OSX anyway.
I deeply thank you for answering to me!

cheers from France
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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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