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
N.Sputnik
July 18, 2011 @ 3:26 pm
Mesa/Mesa II will work with OS9. Hit me up if you need a copy.
pajacke
March 14, 2011 @ 8:52 am
It was supposed to say "the POOR filters"
pajacke
March 9, 2011 @ 7:49 am
I wasn't fond of the Akais in their days, one reason was, that I couldn't afford them in the beginning and the other more important was the pure filters of the S1000s.
The drop in prices got some machines into the park though. S3200 for €200 five years ago, S1000KB for €5,50 (no kidding) and a CD3000 for € 30,-
Not to mention my S700, S900 and 950. They were all bargains, so I bought them.
I like the older ones better, because they just don't reproduce what you put in. Same with Mirage, FZ1, DSS/DSM1 etc. I love those old machines for having their own individual character.
Swen
January 14, 2011 @ 9:05 am
"Sampling is dominated by Software", or so they say these days.
Bought a MPC 2000Xl (32MB) some weeks ago from a guy aged 20 for 150 €, and I almost felt ashamed about the price I paid. He said he couldn't get used to it, well, thats fine for me.
I will definitely get myself a "normal" Sampler at next, BECAUSE ..... I used NI Battery before the MPC and I've got real fine PCI-Audiointerfaces from Marian, but Battery NEVER (even with the SAME Samples) had as much Punch as the MPC.
That for the Software Guys:
Compare the Sound and realize the truth.
AKAI's RULE
January 5, 2011 @ 12:34 am
Most people nowadays prefer a soft sampler,synths, etc..in their book. For me, I prefer my samples in AKAI and EMU samplers that unfortunately are not made anymore. I think a claim that the best can be had for under 100 bucks isn't very respectful or accurate. Must be hopes 4 a deal? I love the sound the Akai's coat my samples with and the filters of the EMU's, can your notebook do Transform Multiply? I doubt it...These samplers were very powerful back many years ago and with not much to take their place I think they still RULE. 10 years old and still going strong my S6000,E4s are indisposable
 
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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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