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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44 Visitor comments
October 20, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

No, I know that my S2000 certainly can't sample in 8-bit. I use the mirage for that, and it works very well. I wish somebody would fix the typo though! The S2000 does work well for loading and playing S900 disk though, that's what I use it for.
September 15, 2010 @ 6:08 pm
is it REALLY possible to record 8 bit? or is it just a mistake here? there is no other source giving this information as well, not even the manual. i just wondered cause i use a 3000xl and maybe would trade? can the 2000 do 8 bits?
May 21, 2010 @ 9:13 pm
Great machine for the money they go for these days (laughs at VSE). I find the small screen to not be a problem as I'm used to working with small screens on my other gear I guess.
Very easy to get going after loading the OS disk.

A happy user. :)
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.
cool burn
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.
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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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