Akai S3000 / S3200

Akai S3000 Image

The S-series samplers from Akai are most likely the best 16-bit samplers in the world. The most radical feature about these great samplers is that they are very synth-like. Aside from outstanding sampling specs such as 44.1kHz 16-bit stereo sampling with tons of RAM (8 to 32 MB) and extensive editing capability, the S3000 series have excellent synth-like filters with resonance, 32-voice polyphony, full digital onboard effects (delay, chorus, reverb, etc.) two LFOs, and complete MIDI implementation with MTC and SMPTE. Other bonus features include digital I/O, SCSI interface, multiple storage options and a great big LCD display screen.

Akai S3000XL Image

The S3000XL (pictured above) has the same specs as the S3000. But it comes with most of the options already installed. That includes the built-in hard-disk recording option, added filters, SCSI interface, digital I/O, additional optional effects and a SMPTE reader/generator.

Akai S3200 Image

The S3200 (pictured above) differs from the S3000 by coming with the added Digital filter expansion board and a magneto-optical storage drive option. Also, the Digital I/O, SCSI and SMPTE interfaces are standard features on the S3200.

Some other models in the series include various options such as built in CD drives (S3000CD) or internal hard disks (S3000i, pictured top). The S-series samplers are THE professional standard and are used by everybody in all styles of music, especially the sampling-intensive styles of music such as HipHop, Techno, Trance, House, Industrial and Ambient. S3000 series samplers are used by William Ørbit, Moby, Apollo 440, Fluke, Hardfloor, Goldie, Plastikman, Olive, LTJ Bukem, Eat Static, Dave Holmes, Underworld, Fatboy Slim, Faithless, Future Sound of London, Sneaker Pimps, Pet Shop Boys, and A Guy Called Gerald.

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37 Visitor comments
Brian MacIsaac
May 5, 2010 @ 5:10 pm
The best samplers ever made; the easiest sampler ever designed; thousands of albums have been created on these since the 1987 including two of my own - the creativity reveals itself asymmetrically as your begin to understand all the minute functions these machines come equipped with.

Sadly these are endangered, as they discontinued the latest installment, the s-6000, over a decade ago which means any given s-3000 model or below is now over 15+ years old - with no reputable dealer to fix or explain any one problem.

If you see one in mint, expect to pay 500+ - but never any more than that, though these machines retailed straight from Japan for over $2000 when first released.
dorijan
February 8, 2010 @ 1:20 pm
Tommym,
S3000XL have filter resonance.When you add second filter bank, you get second multi filter (LP,BP,HP,EQ) with resonance.Without second filter bank you have only LP with resonance.And, S3000XL have 12db filters vs S1000 18db filter.In S3000XL you can add second bank filter option and EB16 4bus fx board.Max RAM is 32MB plus 16MB Flash RAM.S3200XL come with all options instaled.
tommym
December 30, 2009 @ 10:07 am
the S3000XL doesn't have filter resonance or effects. They are add on features.
shawn rudiman
December 14, 2009 @ 8:50 pm
ive had a 3200 for a long while now (also have 612', 700's. 7000, 900, 1000, 2800 (which i added the effects/filter to) they are fantastic. differen than emus for sure. but still just as good. apples and oranges. i love the filters on the 3200 alot. especially with the extra card. serial filters make the sound so ridiculous. 3200 is awesome. period.
Dorijan
November 12, 2009 @ 10:45 am
S3000XL dont have SMPTE reader/generator.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voice
  • Sampler - 16 Bit, 44.1 or 22.05 kHz, 8MB to 32MB, capacity up to 255 samples
  • LFO - (2) LFOs
  • Filter - Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance); Optional upgrade to Digital moving hi-/band-/low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance) for 3200 models.
  • VCA - (2) Digital Envelope Generators
  • Effects - 50 effects (Echo, Delay, Chorus, Pitch Shift, Reverb); Optional EB-16 Multi Effector board for S3000XL: (SampleVerb in North America) 4-channel, studio-quality, multi-effects board.
  • Storage - S3000: 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk; Hard Disk Recording (optional via) IB-304F 2nd LSI board; 3.5-inch hard disk (optional) internally mountable; SCSI (optional via) IB-301S SCSI board.
    S3000XL: 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk; Hard Disk Recording Provided; 3.5-inch hard disk (optional) internally mountable; SCSI provided.
    S3200: 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk; Hard Disk Recording Provided; 3.5-inch hard disk (optional) internally mountable; 3.5-inch MO disk drive (optional) internally mountable; SCSI provided.
    S3200XL: 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk; Hard Disk Recording Provided; 3.5-inch hard disk (optional) internally mountable; 3.5-inch MO disk drive (optional) internally mountable; SCSI provided.
  • Control - S3000: MIDI; Optional IB-302D AES/EBU Digital In/Out interface; Optional IB-303T SMPTE Reader/Generator board.
    S3000XL: MIDI; S/PDIF Digital In/Out provided; SMPTE Reader/Generator Not available.
    S3200: MIDI; AES/EBU Digital In/Out provided; SMPTE Reader/Generator provided.
    S3200XL: MIDI; S/PDIF Digital In/Out provided; SMPTE Reader/Generator provided.
  • Date Produced - 1996

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