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
February 9, 2010 @ 5:06 am
dead easy to use, base unit $75 on ebay (plus ten for the full ram upgrade), scsi port standard. new to hardware samplers, don't want to [beep] about with an EPS, maybe toyed with one of those little desktop units before (SU10, S20, that one blue roland "dj phrase sampler")? get a dirt-cheap s2000, some kind of scsi storage, and d/l the manual. i had a proper 808/909 kit twenty minutes after i set it up, front panel controls only. Grab one for under a hundred and join the rest of us in laughing at the VSE price assessment.
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January 20, 2010 @ 2:04 pm
I own a S2000 and find it very easy to use. I have no problem with loading a disk to boot every time I start the machine up. I've learned to save the OS to my floppy or zip every time I format. save my samples, programs, etc... on the same floppy/zip so I'm good to go every time I insert a disk. Just make sure to re-save if you make changes to your sound etc... and don't wipe the disk before saving or you will remove the OS.
January 6, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

disk images for akai s2000
November 30, 2009 @ 6:57 pm
Just bought an S2000 of the bay for
August 6, 2009 @ 8:20 pm
I bought one & some cheap extra simm memory in 1998 for £600 & never really got round to using it seriously.
The pc with digital audio recording & cheap soundcards rendered it & my atari st obsolete .

The sound quality was great but the os has to be loaded from disk on powerup or its unusable .
I ended up giving it away to a music store for free in 2002
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  • Manual - Click this link to download the Akai owner's manual for the S2000.

  • 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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