Akai S2000

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The S2000 is a professional and user-expandable studio sampler. The base S2000 model comes with 2MB sample memory which can be expanded to 32MB. Sampling specs are variable from 22kHz to 44.1kHz sample rates in stereo or mono and at 16- or 8-bit resolutions. All the necessary edit tools are here: time comp/exp, tune, pitch shift, truncate, looping, key placement, velocity effects and more. Up to 32 voices of polyphony, complete MIDI implementation, a built-in disk drive and a SCSI interface prepare this sampler for any situation.

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Upgrade the S2000 as your needs grow. Up to eight outputs, digital I/O, four effects processors, expanded filters, EQ, and alternate internal disk storage mediums can be added to the S2000 making it more and more like an S3200 series sampler. The S2000's only fallback is its small LCD display screen, but that can be bypassed via an external editor. The S2000 makes the perfect entry-level studio quality sampler that can grow with you into a very professional instrument. It is used by Moby, Underworld, and The Avalanches.

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41 Visitor comments
June 27, 2013 @ 12:24 am
I just purchased THIS S2000 from Perfect Circuit Audio. What are the chances? The photo of the unit here matches the serial number of my unit, which has now found its way over to Taiwan. It is still a very clean unit, but the floppy drive isn't working. I was changing in a Sony drive and then I noticed the power cable from the mainboard only supplies 5VDC to the drive. PC based drives all require both 12V and 5V. I'm just posting this as I find it is interesting. Probably a few people have tried to swap in a normal floppy drive, only to find out it wouldn't work.
May 17, 2013 @ 9:13 am
Hi Daiwai and others
You Can use the Emxp program to convert emu samples to akai format. You should be able to find E-mu sounds on the internet or contact me here again with your mail adress and I will try to send some.
Jonjon you Could have used a zip drive for the os as Well for the sounds. Works like a charm;-)
Great Sampler for little money
April 25, 2013 @ 12:34 am
I got one recently. Don't let the impatient people scare you from getting one of these. They are still great tools to use to create new textures with.
SCSI can be a bit of a pain to get working right the first time. I use an XP machine with a ADAPTEC AVA-2903B PCI SCSI CONTROLLER and updated aspi drivers.
MESA does alright to transfer wav files in/out the S2K. Edits can be buggy sometimes.
Average cost for a S2K is around $65 today.. I got mine for $55 w/32mb RAM installed.
Next mod for me to do is install a internal HardDrive (must solder in the 50 pin connector 1st on the PCB).
April 16, 2013 @ 9:36 pm
Only buy this unit if it comes with all the goodies; the ability to add effects and access an envelope generator is through some expansion board. Annnnd not to mention that the floppy disc OS is the biggest pain in the world! They make it easy to erase the OS on the floppy, then you have to go to ebay for a new one. I ended up leaving this unit out by the trash when i moved, and was happy it was raining that day. don't pay more than 40$.
January 27, 2013 @ 1:59 am
To ashgcg
You need to install a scsi card in your PC. I do not know about scsi to USB since I use and old scsi card in my pc running winXP. The drawback is that I can not turn my pc on before turning on my sampler even if I don't want to use the sampler it must be on.
Anyway Mesa will work with the adapted series scsi cards.

If you get an scsi to USB to work please write it in here.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Sampler - 22 to 44.1 kHz sample rates; 8-Bit or 16-Bit
  • LFO - 2 LFOs
  • Filter - 12 dB resonant filtering
  • Effects - Up to 4 effects
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 48 MB: 2 MB expandable to 32 MB + 16 MB ROM Card
  • Control - MIDI (16 channels)
  • Date Produced - 1995
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