Akai S900

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Akai S900

The S900 sampler was Akai's first truly professional sampler, released in 1986. Its sampling specifications were pro-quality at the time: 12-bit stereo sampling, 7.5kHz to 40kHz variable sampling rates and a maximum of 63 seconds of sample time at 7.5kHz. Up to 32 samples can be created and stored to disk along with any edit settings. This was one of the first rack-mount samplers to use a built-in disk drive. Although the drive could load sounds while you play, it was still a very slow process.

Editing and programming the S900 is a very good precursor to the advanced S3000 series. There are lots of advanced edit capabilities for looping, truncating, velocity crossfading, tuning and even analog-like parameters to control. Individual outputs for each of the eight voices, stereo mix out, stereo input, MIDI and trigger inputs round out this machine as a professional vintage-status sampler that still proves to be very useful even for today's musicians!

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Akai S950

The S950 soon followed the S900 and offered increased memory and sampling rates. The sample rate was now variable from 7.5 to 48kHz and it could hold up to 99 samples in memory. Memory could be expanded from 750KB to 2.25MB. The S950 is used by Fatboy Slim, Moby, Skinny Puppy, Depeche Mode, Future Sound of London, Sneaker Pimps, The Bomb Squad, Dr. Dre, DJ Premiere, Prince Paul, Vangelis, Digable Planets, A Guy Called Gerald and Asian Dub Foundation.

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43 Visitor comments
HT
July 11, 2010 @ 10:30 am
Covering the hole on a HD disk for using in an S900 is a better option than smashing the disk in the drive.
The Beatmarket
May 31, 2010 @ 5:39 am
Hmmm... This page doesn't mention that the S950 reads S1000 and S1100 disks. I dont know all the technical details, but the S950 will turn your S1000 16-bit samples into 12-bit versions.

Thats why my rack holds an S1100, S900, and S950.
Chewo
March 21, 2010 @ 6:00 am
I got 2x900s and one 950. This is one crazy machine - put in a snare/kick from a drumbreak and the S will smash it back in your face. Funny thing about the s900 is, if you smash a hd disk hard enough into the floppy the machine will accept it ;)... They become more expansiv these days but if you still find one for a good deal - its worth every penny ( especial with all the bad sounding software today )
Josh
March 16, 2010 @ 6:10 pm
Shy FX used this for most of his drums back in the day.
flo
March 4, 2010 @ 3:59 am
i don't have one :(
but i like the sound of this old classic sampler!
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Sampler - 12-bit linear, 7.5 - 40kHz sampling rates (63 seconds). Up to 48kHz in S950.
  • Memory - 750 kB RAM in S900 (not expandable). 750 kB (standard) to 2.25 mB RAM in S950.
  • VCA - ADSR
  • Effects - None
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - None
  • Storage - 750K internal RAM. Up to 2.25MB in S950
  • Control - MIDI plus optional 8 trigger-inputs via ME35T-board
  • Date Produced - S900: 1986
    S950: 1988
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