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
January 7, 2011 @ 4:58 am
Just incase you need to make boot disk version 2 for s2000 using windows 2000/xp/etc
1) format floppy a: -use create a MS-DOS startup disk option 2) copy s2000v2.exe to a: -download from akai site 3) reboot system from floppy: -set pc to boot from a: drive first make sure disc is in drive)(you should see a: prompt on pc boot) 4) change to b: -(simply enter b:) 5) run s2000v2.exe from b: drive 6) should see % changing - then say 100% complete 7) Then should say cannot read drive -(this is correct the OS now has been overwritten) 8) Test in s2000 sampler.....ALL THE BEST....
November 14, 2010 @ 4:50 pm
I'm a recent hardware convert after many years using software, don't know why I didn't do it sooner. Love this machine. Record, map and play in minutes, instant gratification and improved workflow. I use this for my drum samples, great punchy sounds, much better than software. I trigger it from my Alesis control pad, simple !!!
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. :)
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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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