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, 2012 @ 4:35 am
of all i tried (s950/1100/3000xl, mpc1000, ensoniq mirage/eps/asr10, emu emax 2, boss sp 202/303) this is the best for compact drums. sample a loop and it sounds pretty much finished. while closer to the latter its sound really is in between the 950 and 1100. some snares did sound too smacky on the 1100 due to its somewhat hifi approach, they sound great and dry on the 1000. kicks i guess are better als well since it doesn't get lost in the air, the overall sound is more rounded and yeah finalized. all without losing clarity of high hats which were so amazing on the 1100 i have had before.
Dan Rather
October 13, 2012 @ 10:46 pm
If I'm not mistaken I believe the S1000 was used during Violator for Depeche Mode. Well at least during the world violation tour. Mr. Wilder mentioned about using Akai.
October 4, 2012 @ 5:10 pm
Just picked up and s1100 , surprised at how good it sounds compared to software i have been using .I still struggle to grasp the slower user workflow a bit but somehow it just feels more real using this than software , slower but the sound and just the feeling i am using a Really nice vintage sampler leads me in new creative directions.

The limitations of this old sampler route is key , its empowering rather than the opposite.
September 18, 2012 @ 5:38 pm
My opinion is that the S1100 should have its own page! It is by far the most "expansive" sounding AKAI Sampler ever build. The interpolation while transposing samples in a wide range is excellent. If you sample your own sounds and do your own sound-design is worth even today to work with it. A PC/Mac with SCSI helps while editing and the S1100 is supported by many older Mac and PC programs. (But don't forget to sample through the S1100s inputs first!)
The reward compared to an easier to use software sampler is an excellent very "musical" sound.
The Vicious One
September 14, 2012 @ 1:35 pm
Its not a trick on the Alesis EPS 16+ you can just alter the sample rate in the sample page to get more sample time. It also reduces the frequency esponse by cutting the rate in half from 44.1K to 22K and then 11K. When sampling something in a bass range or even some kick drums you dont need to hear 22,000hz and up any way.
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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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