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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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!!!
Juan Andres
August 11, 2010 @ 4:41 pm
I get the fx expansion board and it works really great! I love to work with this machine: so intuitive and it has very nice synth section too! I will try to find an usb upgrade on ebay. Keep you posted...

Cheers! :)
Juan Andres
May 6, 2010 @ 2:37 am
Hi guys, I just picked up a S5000 in perfect state a few days ago and I simply love it! I refuse to use pc for live perfoming on stage, sorry but I'm old fashioned and prefer good hardware always, no doubt. Happy Happy Joy Joy! :D
CarlosAGV
December 18, 2009 @ 9:40 pm
i use MPC60 programs in s6 with awave studio work very well
 
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  • Manual - Click this link to download the owner's manual from Akai.

  • 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
  • Resources & Credits
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    Info from Akai Press Release, July 1998

    Reviewed November 2007

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