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
electronic jimmy
February 1, 2012 @ 2:36 am
NOT the best sounding 16 bit sampler (I have Emu E5000, Roland S770, Kurz K2000 & K2661, Yam A5000) but integration with the PC thru Mesa was better than any other
and sound was 'good enough'.
Synth architecture basic. Reasonant LP filters thin & horrible sounding, but with judicious use this machine can produce some usable pads.
EB16 gave cool possibilities with 2 rev and 2 multi fx happening at once on individual sends, can also route ext audio through from the sampling inputs.
Indiv outs do not subtract signal from main outs - useless!
Still better than 2-D metallic software drums.
Tom
December 5, 2011 @ 7:54 am
Disagree with the statement about the sampler being the best 16 bit sampler in the world. The Roland S770/S750 which came out in 1989, 6 years before the 3000 blew it away. The sound from the Roland samplers was, and still is light years ahead of what Akai offered. The S range were way ahead of the times in terms of the synth like editing, the monitor and mouse option, and its excellent sound. The S range filters, even today have a truly magic sound about them. The 3000 is a great sampler, but it was far from the best 16 bit sampler ever made. Akai only caught up with the Z4/Z8 release.
Gansta
November 21, 2011 @ 2:19 am
"S-3000XL has the same specs as the S-3000. But it comes with most of the options already installed. That includes the built-in hard-disk recording option"

Does that mean i dont need to use floppy disks?
Teo
October 8, 2011 @ 6:01 am
I got an Akai CD3000XL with 32MB ram, where can i found the original floppy disks with the akai demo songs to download and the eprom chip with v2.00 system, my machine has v1.54. Great audio quality i use the SPDIF output in CD Digital input of my PC soundcard with an RCA to CD SPDIF cable.
belly man
August 26, 2011 @ 4:38 pm
have to disagree with pajacke. the filters crush breaks and bass like no other. tried replicating in ableton sampler, cant get anywhere near the same sound. also, turn gain up to +18 in global. it distorts the bass more than the tops, sounds really warm. if only someone invented a 24ch AD/DA based on Akai convertors I'd be happy!
 
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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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