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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tsun
October 21, 2010 @ 4:02 pm
Akai rack samplers are in serious bargain territory right now, with any given model rarely going for more than $100 depending on the modifications and essentially how much of what's in it can be parted out for inflated prices to the MPC market. An S3000XL paired with an old powerbook running macos classic and possibly Opcode Studio Vision (now available for free download, check google) makes for an extremely powerful home studio setup at an unbelievably low price.
xh9o
September 15, 2010 @ 5:40 pm
its great when using scsi/mesa/harddisk as it has this multimode, where you can use up to 16 programs at once. mesa configuring is superb, easy and quick. much quicker than old akai interface programming. mesa crashes sometimes, but not too much.

sound is ok, but not as compact as an s950 (which was 12 bit). more highs, but less smoothness and punch. bits more "modern" but still not sterile or clinical. its greatest advance is the workflow while using mesa/scsi-hd.
Daniel Fletcher of D a z z - S y n t h
September 13, 2010 @ 6:06 am
Depeche mode *
Daniel Fletcher of D a z z - S y n t h
September 13, 2010 @ 6:01 am
The Akai S3000XL is used by Martin Lee Gore of Depeche, he have three of them.

Is this a good sampler?
Electronic Slut
August 27, 2010 @ 12:20 pm
Biosphere (Geir Jenssen) made a "Substrata" album with it.
 
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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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