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
Robin
February 17, 2010 @ 8:36 am
To Nick: this is from Malcolm at Luxsoft, I was enquiring about the disks:

"Anyway, unless I am very mistaken, a 2.8" 'Quick Disc' is an entirely different animal and although I have been asked for CF2's for some oddball things - including some funny Decca radar system in an old fishing boat - Akai samplers is certainly not one of them"

Could be that he can repair the drive though, a service he does offer, it's a similar drive just not the same inch size for the disks.
Robin Sutcliffe
February 14, 2010 @ 9:20 am
Tony:
This belt is the right dimensions for the QD drive:

http://www.turntableneedles.com/Flat-Belt-Small-90-Inch_p_51 2.html

Some other links if you're looking for belts:

http://www.risingstuff.com/store/famicom-disk-system-rep lacement-drive-belt-p-3132.html

http://www.tototek.com/store/index.php?main_page= produc t_info&cPath=1_35&products_id=106


This is a video of how to replace the belt in the drive (the same Quick Disk drives were used in Famicom game systems)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJbWPVS0Suk

I got this info from the S700 page on this site, Curtis posted the info originally, thought I would help out over here, it's the same sampler in a different housing after all. I am about to replace the belt in an S700 myself.

What a sound; it's limited alright but it sounds f*king ACE! Extremely good purchase for 50 euros, can't wait to be able to save some samples...
Jay Dub
February 8, 2010 @ 2:46 pm
Leaving aside the shorter length of the X7000 samples (and of course the differences in disk drives) X7000 and S900 samples are identical. I had an X7000 in my personal studio that I used for drum and percussion samples, and used an S900 in the pro studio I worked out of. If I sampled something on the X7000, I was fairly easily able to get it to the S900 in the other studio via a sound editing program on the Atari ST (this was back in the late 80s-early 90s).
DOOMECH
September 21, 2009 @ 4:13 am
Why does everyone say this is a keyboard version of the S-900???

The X-7000 is the keyboard version of the S-700 !

you guys are all mixed up. The S-900 is not limited to 16 short samples like the the S-700 / X-7000. The S-900 is the lesser version of the S-950.

I have all 4. the ASk-70 is the memory expansion for both the S-700 and X-7000, theyre the same unit basically.
rob
August 6, 2009 @ 9:19 pm
This brings back mixed memories.

The x7ooo was a cut down version of the akai s900 the problem was sampletime was limited to match the 2.8 quickdisks storage space. which let you store a 1 sec sample per side.

i remember being frustrated that akai had a habit of releasing cheaper cut down versions of products which always had short lifespans. s612 s700/x7000, s01,

sampling time & frequencies were always the 1st casualty which no upgrade could implement...so you could never evolve with certain products..

.The x700 Is a great sounding easy to use mono lo fi sampler with a heavy durable keyboard.

But the s900 s950 or s1000 are more attractive retro purchases.
 
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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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