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 13, 2013 @ 11:54 am
Was given a S2000 a couple of months back, and only recently received the system disc. So haven't had a great amount of time to fiddle and delve. I have found some programs that take the programming away from the small screen to the PC but I can't seem to find any information on the S2000's compatibility with any of the SCSI-to-USB cable or direct port adapters.

As my first pure sampler it would be handy to take advantage of any 1995 to 2013 cross-over connectivity.
January 4, 2013 @ 12:41 pm
lcaise: You need to connect the Zip drive to one of the SCSI connctors with aSCSI cable. Then the S200 on power up should see the drive. Maybe try and go to a menu were you can see the drives conncted. Try another ID. You cant format a drive before the S2000 has seen the zip drive. You might have an open termination point if the 2000 wont see the drive. Maybe the 2000 needs to be set to find the drive in the menu.. I dont have an s2000 so I cant remeber how the menu is. look in the manual for help
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December 7, 2012 @ 11:57 am
Are you using the right disc for the drive. A 100 meg scsi drive will not read or format a 250 meg disc. That's all I can think of right off hand that could be a problem. Or the drive is not the right kind. I bought the wrong one once.
November 11, 2012 @ 5:50 pm
I bought s2000 few days ago and have a problem with scsi iomega zip drive. I realy dont know how to use is, where connect scsi plug [there are 2 ports - one signed SCSI and one with some kind of square [?]. I have drive signed as SCSI number 5, but sampler don't want to format diskette. Please help somebody :) ?
November 2, 2012 @ 7:42 pm
After playing with it for a while, I have concluded that the user interface is not horrible at all, if you have some remaining sliver of pattern recognition in your brain and can read a manual. I foresee lots of use for it in the future and I will be selling my Korg KP3, due to its sampling shortcomings and the fact that I never use it. :)
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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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