Akai S612

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The S612 was one of Akai's first professional rack-mount samplers, released back in 1985. Some of its features included 12-bit sampling from 4 to 32kHz with loop and truncate functions, an overdub function and mic or line input jacks. Internal memory is only 128KB which gives a maximum of 8 seconds sampling time at the lowest sampling rate available. An optional disk drive that features the quick disk (QD) 2.8 inch format is needed for permanent storage of samples. Only one sample is stored to each side of the disk.

You won't be able to do much with the S612 these days. However it bears some classic traits that may still be of interest. It features a continuous variable low-pass filter and an LFO for modulating and giving your sample an animated edge. It's also fairly simple and straight forward to operate, responds to external triggering and is still very well suited to any MIDI studio applications. It's definitely a limited sampler, but it makes a cheap back-up instrument that may come in handy for lo-fi sounds or triggered effects. It was Future Sound of London's first sampler.

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42 Visitor comments
EverydayPhantoms
March 5, 2014 @ 6:44 am
Despite what people say, and having owned many samplers.. there's something about this little beast.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVL1r4PHWlc
^ a video i recorded of mangling a sample from a Korg Gadget synth
s612lover
March 4, 2014 @ 10:19 am
in action with an 808 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7ultJubGWk
qvist
February 23, 2014 @ 4:07 pm
dude below, honestly at it's purest form
skunk3
February 1, 2014 @ 2:26 pm
If anyone in the US is selling a *CHEAP* S612, shoot me an email. I'd love to get my hands on one (disk drive + disks not necessary) for a project but I don't feel like paying typical eBay prices. Let's be honest - this sampler is an old piece of crap. I only want it for the realtime tweakability and lo-fi character.
Patrick
January 23, 2014 @ 4:39 am
I had one Akai 612 in the late 80s and sold it almost inmediately for nothing. It was completely useless for me.
 
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    Akai S612
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    Manual - Click this link to download the Akai owner's manual.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Sampler - 12-bit linear, 4kHz - 32kHz (variable) sampling rates
  • Memory - 128 KB (8 seconds at 4KHz)
  • Modulation - LFO with sine wave, speed, depth and delay controls
  • Filter - Continuous variable low-pass filter
  • Keyboard - None
  • Effects - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1985
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  • Images from Akai Pro

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