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
July 13, 2009 @ 5:44 pm
S-2000 will be very useful for many years. If you wonder about floppy drive, you may go to buy 5 used PC floppy drives and that will be enough for next 50 years or more i think, but S-2000 can boot up from HDD too. This sampler is good enough to use them to make complete music album and no one can hear difference between them and brand new software based samplers and instruments. Before S-2000 i used EMU E-5000 ultra. AKAI is very similar to E-5000. It has better EFX processor but has less memory then EMU.
July 10, 2009 @ 1:03 am
It's a positive experience that I just bought one of this one for $7.50 and he is in perfect working condition, yes? I like to make use of this machine, and it is seeming like a cheap deal to me!
June 16, 2009 @ 7:05 am
I bought an S2000 and the first thing that afraid me is his small LCD display and the need to boot from a floppy disc. If you loose this floppy disk, the S2000 becomes totally useless. For a few dollars more, you can buy a Yamaha A3000 sampler ( i don´t know why isn´t in Vinragesynth ;) ), more powerfull, with a bigger LCD display, a lot of effects, Operating System op EPROM, and much, much more like the S2000. Forget the S2000 and look for a Yamaha A3000.
May 15, 2009 @ 3:39 pm
A nice sampler, I still have it, but will probably sell once I get all my samples transferred to my Fusion. Also has a synthish capability, waveforms built in etc, which can give some not too bad reslts. Fairly easy to program and use, though I found the manual to be pretty essential.
tonio stewart
April 3, 2009 @ 3:15 pm
how many sounds on the akai s 2000?
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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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