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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Msinger
May 12, 2014 @ 4:29 pm
THE BEST Sounding Akai samplers hence large but justifiable price rises. in order...
Akai s950 (12-bit and yes it is analog) - then s1100 then s1000 then s3000 the original rack version (Mpc 3000 engine but better). These listed are organic sounding, thick AND STILL! destroys current computer emulations plug-ins and vst's etc. Hence massive price hike in Europe and USA due to HIPHOP, but especially the House/Dance music resurgence. racks coupled with roland 808/909 = real dance music or with Mpc's. Buy them while you can still afford to - rack em up! and EMU E4XT $$$$ - just listen to them.
lightman
January 18, 2014 @ 3:48 pm
The daddy of modern-day rack samplers. Everyone wanted one back then, including myself, sadly it was way above my means when it was still in production, later on I got an inexpensive S-20 instead which doesn't have the bells and whistles of this beast but also sounds excellent. Entire albums have been made with it, it's simply the best mid-price sampler ever made, and yes, it's still useful, despite computer-based audio recording/sampling. Just get one, sample a kickdrum and bassline with it and use it in a track, it will open your eyes. :)
Zoë Blade
May 24, 2013 @ 4:37 am
'In a Q & A forum on another Gear website, Butch Vig says that any editing he did on Nirvana's "Nevermind" was done an Akai S1000. Sorry, I don't have the link handy but you could probably find it pretty easily.'

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Saele
May 21, 2013 @ 5:10 pm
Cabaret voltaire, boards of canada ! I bought one just for this two names!
Beelzebass
February 13, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
In a Q & A forum on another Gear website, Butch Vig says that any editing he did on Nirvana's "Nevermind" was done an Akai S1000. Sorry, I don't have the link handy but you could probably find it pretty easily.
 
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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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