Akai S5000 / S6000

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S5000

The Akai S5000 and S6000 feature DOS (FAT32) disk format and .WAV files as the native sample format. Stereo WAV files are treated as a single sample (instead of two mono L/R samples) allowing easier sample editing and program creation. Any standard PC WAV file can be loaded directly for instant playback from any PC formatted hard drive attached to the S5000 or S6000 - including downloaded samples available on the Internet.

Both models feature a 64-voice system, and both are upgradable to 128-voices (U.S. Version). Improved programming options allow for up to 128 multi programs to be loaded into RAM at any one time, a 'QUICKLOAD' function to load programs directly into parts, and Akai's APM (Assignable Program Modulation) which offers a comprehensive range of new filters, flexible envelope generators, LFOs and more. The S6000 also offers programmable "user keys" which can be assigned to any page for rapid access to commonly used functions.

The S5000 features eight individual analog outputs (upgradable to 16) and a stereo master analog output, while the S6000 comes equipped with 16 + 2 analog outputs. The S6000 also includes balanced stereo input jacks which are accessible by either the rear panel connectors or via the convenient jacks located on the S6000's front panel.

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S6000

The front panel of the S6000 features a removable, full-function remote control panel allowing operation from a convenient location within a 30 meter range.

Samples can be recorded into RAM or directly to hard disk. Playback from either is transparent, allowing playback of long samples directly from disk without having to load them into memory. RAM is expandable to 256 MBytes and the operating system runs from easily upgradable flash ROM. Stereo digital I/0 is standard and both models are capable of handling up to 16 individual analog outputs which can be configured as stereo pairs. The S5000 and S6000 also include two SCSI ports. The Wordclock connector insures easy integration into an all-digital studio and an optional ADAT interface provides sixteen digital outputs.

Both models feature a large 320 x 240 LCD graphic display, with eight dedicated function keys running down both sides of the screen -- placing 16 of the most commonly used programming functions at the user's fingertips.

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S5000 Rear

The Akai S5000 and S6000 offer a wide variety of storage options, including the ability to replace the standard 3.5" floppy drive with an optional, internal Zip(TM) drive. The S6000 also offers an expansion slot on the front panel for an additional 3.5" drive. The S5000/S6000 has been used by Underworld, Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Max Graham and ATB.

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juan andres
May 6, 2011 @ 11:12 pm
I changed the floppy by an internal 2 GB Jazz drive since it's very dificult to found a scsi hard drive fully working. I have a dual start on my pc so when I need to load samples I just start in Win XP and use another zip to save my samples and then load them into ths S5000 with the internal Jazz. Great for me since I only trigger my drum sets and some multi pads :)
amd
April 15, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
I sold my S5000 a few years ago, since you could do everything you needed sampling-wise with software. yeah... well I just bought one again. looking forward to its arrival. This one doesn't have the USB, but that was always really buggy for me, so I'll use floppys to transfer to it. Last one didn't have an internal HD, this one has 20 gig so that should work out pretty good. Anyone else find the USB is buggy for them? the aksys would often just not see the sampler - after a bunch of un-reinstalls it would work ok for a bit, but i don't know if it's worth it. anyway great units.
maara
April 11, 2011 @ 8:50 am
I bought S6000 recently with the usb expansion included for a very low price and I must say that this piece of hardware is much less outdated than everyone says... Work with this machine is so intuitive, fast and comfortable that it really fun to use it. I was also surprised by the sound quality which is perfect and samples sounds so real and colorful...
I love this device.....
xler8ed
January 19, 2011 @ 10:38 pm
AKAIs RULE The Akai S2800 thru he S6000 are some of my favorite samplers. I have a rolling 20 space with a S3000, S3000XL, S5000,and (3x)S6000's that I got all for excellent prices on the used market recently. Put it this way, all of them and the case were much less than one of them originally sold for as new and I finished maxing the RAM with extra chips I had. I can't get enough of these and production friends are now asking to "borrow" them. You can't get the Akai sound from software on a PC. The S6000 reviewed above uses 72pin SIMMS you can get for free off your pals from their old PC's.
Juan Andres
September 15, 2010 @ 10:44 pm
I must say that I'm really well impressed about this machine. I can't believe that after more than 10 years it works so fine. Samples I made with pc sounds much better on my S5000, best audio converters ever!!!
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices (expandable to 128 with the VOX64 Voice Expansion Board)
  • Sampler - 18-bit A-D converters with 64 x oversampling 5th order Delta Sigma.
  • Memory - Up to 256MB of RAM using standard off-the-shelf SIMMs. Reads Akai S1000 and S3000 series sound library.
  • Filter - Extensive filtering functions offer 26 types of resonant 4-pole and 2- pole lowpass, bandpass and highpass filters and many more.
  • Effects - 3-band digital off-line EQ with variable gain. SampleVerbII (EB20) 20-bit 4-Channel Multi-effects Processor (available as an upgrade)
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1998/99

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