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
June 25, 2012 @ 1:51 pm
forgot my email... skunk3 at gmail
June 25, 2012 @ 1:49 pm
Looking for a S612 in the United States... if you have one for sale at a cheap price, let me know.
June 1, 2012 @ 11:18 pm
Great for experimental music, the s-612 is as fun as a yamaha vss-30/casio sk-10 but with great 12 bit converters, loop point controls, analog filter, midi and rec level. The power of this sampler is in it's limitations. You don't get lost in menus and infinite options. It's easy and fun to use. Voila! The only hardware sampler I will ever need.
March 9, 2012 @ 3:01 am
Lots of fun, and a bit of work. Most fun feature for me were the start and end point sliders, which you can cross for some crazy looping frenzies. Bulky and completely superseded by almost any other sampler, with a (now) ridiculously huge optional Quickdisc drive, it'll always raise a smile with any gearslut with a soul. Don't pay a lot, but expect to be surprised by how creative you can get on this very limited but cute relic. Most importantly: it has an earthy growl to anything you sample into it that will always have a place, somewhere.
February 5, 2012 @ 11:26 am
if anyone has one of these in good condition with or without a disk drive, I'd love to buy it! zphillips at gmail
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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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