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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44 Visitor comments
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.
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.
November 29, 2013 @ 7:10 am
With same rate absolutely identical, was expecting some difference there at least with lower rates, even filter sounds identical. Like I said it lacks mojo when compared to other 12-bit's "s950 is akai's goto mojo sample" is true, wont mean much as myth is Akais have some.. they dont.
November 24, 2013 @ 9:56 am
s950 7.5kHz - 48kHz
S612 4khz - 32khz

Identical I don't think so maybe at similar samplerates but both have there uses.

Saying the s612 has no mojo makes you look a fool as the s950 is akai's goto mojo sampler then saying the s612 sounds the same as the 950 makes me question your ears.

The s612 is the best akai 12bit sampler the 950 is a general progression from the s612 >s700(menu based interface was first introduced still used QD) >s900(budget 950 memory cannot be upgraded.>950 the last great akai 12bit rack sampler.

Both are must have units.
November 20, 2013 @ 2:57 am
just made side to side comparison with s612 and s950 and they sound absolutely identical
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    Akai S612
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  • 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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