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
Robin Sutcliffe
December 3, 2010 @ 11:19 pm
Pat, I have some QDs spare, and also a 13pin DIN connector too (not cable, just the connector, but you can build a cable) If you are interested email me ultimatesoundclash@gmail.com
November 10, 2010 @ 12:16 pm
I believe it uses the same 13 pin as Roland's guitar synths. I think I got a knock-off cable (Hosa or somesuch) as Roland's price is very high. Still available, as Roland is still using this cable.
Pat Conway
November 10, 2010 @ 9:55 am
Does anyone know where to get QD's or the 13pin DIN the connects this unit to the AX60? I've ended up with both and the hard drive to save samples but have no discs.

Analogue Crazy
April 26, 2010 @ 4:26 pm
Was used by Martin Gore of Depeche Mode during the mid 80's.
Atomic Shadow
March 2, 2010 @ 9:56 am
I have one and I use it. The external drive thing has a ton of factory sound discs but I never use it for backup or loading sounds. This 12 bit thing is a must for crunchy drum samples or just playing some random noise at pitch across the keys. It is more a sound design tool these days. Best $75.00 I ever spent.
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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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