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
June 14, 2014 @ 11:52 pm
I love these samplers so much that I have two of them. Main reason being so that I can sample in stereo or have more sample time and overall creativity. The sound of these units is amazingly thick, heavy, dynamic, yet lush and almost soft around the edges. Actually sounds warmer than any of my analog synths! Varying the sample frequency is one of the best features for creating drastically different colors. The awesome analog filter also helps to further color or soften the sound (or use as realtime effect).
May 31, 2014 @ 2:54 pm
I got one for free in the 90s (including drive and 5 or 6 floppies) and can't bring myself to part with it for some reason. It's like the ultimate Casio SK-1.
March 5, 2014 @ 6:44 am
Despite what people say, and having owned many samplers.. there's something about this little beast.
^ a video i recorded of mangling a sample from a Korg Gadget synth
March 4, 2014 @ 10:19 am
in action with an 808 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7ultJubGWk
February 23, 2014 @ 4:07 pm
dude below, honestly at it's purest form
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  • Demos & Media
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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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