Akai S700

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Akai's 12-bit S700 was released in 1987 as a rack-mount spin-off of the X7000 keyboard sampler. The S700 is a very user-friendly sampler. It's much like the S612 that preceded it, but with some improvements. It has the same filters and effects as the S612. Its sampling frequency ranges from 4 to 32 KHz and it supports up to 8 seconds of sample-time. Its polyphony is limited at just 6 voices and unfortunately it uses the totally obsolete 2.8-inch QuickDisk format for loading and saving samples.

A unique limitation of its sampling, the S700 is capable of recording only six 0.8-second samples at its maximum bandwidth setting of 16kHz. It samples in mono and using twelve bits it has a distinctly lo-fi sound quality. Yes there's a low-pass filter and no, it's not resonant. So, limited memory, sound quality and data-storage may label the S700 as a dead end. But some think it's got character and continue to use them today. It's a dinosaur, and some people may like that about it!

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12 Visitor comments
Edward Kelly
February 16, 2009 @ 5:48 pm
not to forget that when no samples were loaded it used a default sine tone as a voice.
I owned one for a while with a non working drive, which meant the sine tones were used reasonably often..
Andrew Beddoes
October 26, 2008 @ 12:44 am
Good review (above). The S700 also had Atari editing software. It was a good intro to sampling and wave editing. Surprisingly, the modern MPC 500 and 1000 aren't that much more programmable.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices (increase to 16 with the optional ASK70 expansion board)
  • Sampler - 12-bit linear, 4kHz - 32kHz (variable) sampling rates
  • Memory - 128 or 256 KB (8 seconds at 4KHz)
  • Modulation - LFO with sine wave, speed, depth and delay controls
  • Filter - High and Low Pass filter
  • Keyboard - None
  • Effects - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1987
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Akai Pro

    Additional info from Jannis Decker

    Reviewed November 2007

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