Akai X7000

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The X7000 was Akai's first major Sampler Keyboard instrument similar in style and format to the E-mu Emax, Ensoniq Mirage, EPS and Roland S-10 sampling keyboards. The X7000 has about the same sampling features as the rack-mount S-900, which were great in 1986. Variable 12-bit sampling up to 40kHz, 128K RAM for storing only a few seconds worth of samples and a complete suite of basic sample editing functions including looping, auto-looping, truncating, multi-sampling and re-sampling capabilities, tuning and so on. It even features a few dedicated parameter buttons above the keyboard for quick access to the LFO and other modulations.

This sampler sounds pretty good. It's got a lo-fi edge due to the fact that it's only a 12-bit rather than 16-, 20- or 24-bit sampler. The slow 2.8" built-in disk drive is not exactly compatible with much. But you can use it to store your samples or load samples from libraries for Akai's S-612, S-700 and X7000. Editing samples is straight forward and makes this synth a great entry-level sampler. However, the LCD display is small so editing can be tedious. It also features a cool analog-like filter with cutoff. But for enhanced analog-like editing, the X7000 can be hooked up to the AX73, AX60 and VX90 synthesizers via the DD-X5013 Voice Cable so you can run the X7000's samples through these synth's analog circuitry.

The built-in keyboard makes the X7000 good for performances and it also makes a good first Keyboard for any budding musicians looking to get into sampling - either for cheap or for some lo-fi sampling. However, it does have advanced functions for users looking for some more elaborate or malleable sounds. These include the multi-sampling and re-sampling functions, sample reversing and alternating, keyboard splitting, and the option to upgrade using the Expansion Memory PCB which increases the number of samples available to 16 and boosts multi-sampling from 6 to 16 splits. There was also a rack-mount version, the S-700, also a few leaps ahead of the original S-612 but also still a couple steps behind the classic S-900. The X7000 has been used by The Chemical Brothers.

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36 Visitor comments
rob cardoso
March 11, 2014 @ 12:27 pm
i have 10 disc that i can sell and also an x7000 in emac condition
August 10, 2013 @ 12:29 am
I didn't expect it but X7000 > EPS at the moment, for me. I'll always love Ensoniq sound and one doesn't beat the other. I use EPS and ASR10. Picked up this X7000 today, ran a Machinedrum hot into it's inputs. Result is magic. Far less digital noise - the EPS has many artifacts and quite noisy inputs so you are likely to need to EQ quite heavily, but the X7000 sounds big, clear, dirty, ready. I use samplers to sample drum patterns (not one shots), to use as synths by shortening loop points, and for sound design, pretty much in that order. I don't keep samples on disc so the floppy is OK
February 15, 2013 @ 10:22 am
I had a couple of these in the late 80's. Very gritty and lofi, and super easy to use. No attack env was a limitation, and i never liked the keyboard action much, but otherwise it was nice. Too bad about the disk drive and disk format - many of these machines have probably been scrapped because of that.
Andreas H
January 26, 2013 @ 8:48 pm
To change drive belt watch the video on How to repair a Famicom Disk System:

If you are experiencing some trouble aligning the capstan i recommend this other tutorial
on "Spindle Hub Alignment". After several hours of trying this site really helped me.

http://www.famicomdisksystem.com/tutorials/fds-repair-mod/belt-replacement-adjus tment/
January 4, 2013 @ 6:07 am
My first sampler. Limited but good sounding lo-fi machine. The quickdisk- drive broke down a few years ago. Without the possibility to store sounds in a sampler I got rid of it. Not worth saving for the sine-wave only..
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Sampler - 12-bit linear, 4kHz - 40kHz variable sampling rates
  • VCA - Release Time Control (Decay)
  • Effects - Vibrato from the LFO
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with velocity
  • Storage - 128K internal RAM (8 seconds at 4kHz); 2.8" Quick Disk (QD) External storage
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1986
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