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
August 13, 2013 @ 12:54 pm
@chris m,

with the quickdisk functioning and included 2013 prices indicate about £300 prices are on the rise as people are newly discovering akais best sampler.

Personally i'll hold onto it not worth selling until the prices go up , the money spent back when it was first released minus say 50% as its second hand + inflation etc ballpark figure of at least £1000

s700 its a downgrade and menu digging in the s700 is why the s612 is far superior.

nothing comes as hands on as this unit ,

this unit's noise floor is unmatched in the 12bit realm.
Chris m
August 10, 2013 @ 11:26 pm
I have one of these in great condition and with the disk drive as well and about 10 disks of samples or so. I've tried it out and I wasn't that into it and looking for a new synth to add to my rig. would honestly sell it. Anyone have a suggestion on what is a fair price to sell one of these for? judging by ebay it seems I might have a very rare piece of equipment on my hands. and in a rarely seen condition as well.
jay t.
August 7, 2013 @ 3:04 am
tim r., please contact https://www.facebook.com/danilo.plessow (a.k.a. motor city drum ensemble). he is desperately looking for the S612.
Tim R.
July 25, 2013 @ 11:31 am
I am the first, and only so far, owner of an Akai AX60 with the S612 sampler that I bought at the same time. I have held onto them, using the original boxes for storage, since then, and am considering selling both together. Is the market good right now? Or should I hold onto them. maybe even handing them down to my kids someday?
July 20, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
Ditto on Akai's best sampler, it's the most hands-on sampler of all time. Try finding another sampler that has NO screen. You can play a note and then move the start and end sliders without affecting the sustained note, then hit another note and it will play the newly selected section of the sample - so you can actually play a sample forward and reversed at the same time.
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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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Akai Pro

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