Anyways, in March of this year I really wanted a sampler and after considering many options I decided to go ahead and buy an Akai S3000XL and MPC 2000XL just to get started in the world of samplers. Now the MPC functionality is pretty self explanatory. I know how to use it, I know what it does and how to do it, and I know its limitations. This is not the sampler I am referring to.
The Akai S3000XL is a different story though. It's just great, definitely not the best in the world, but damn good to be sure. But unlike the MPC I feel like I am not using it to it's full potential. As of now, I primarily use it for loading samples for the sole purpose of playing them back on a keyboard through MIDI. I pretty much though that was it's main purpose, kind of like a rackmount Emu Emulator. But as I read more about the Akai S-series the more I question it's functionality. I recently read a Boards of Canada interview when Mike said:
"I'm convinced I can hear the difference between modeled and real analog in music. We drop a lot of our music down onto a Tascam 4-track that has a great saturating effect on the sound. We have five or six samplers, but my favorite by far is still the Akai S1000. It's an old tank now, and the screen has faded so that I almost can't read it, but I know it inside out. It's the most spontaneous thing for making up little tunes. It adds something to the sound - maybe the lower bit depth has something to do with that." --Mike Sandison
http://www.solesides.com/winblad/boards ... x0702.html
What does he mean by making up little tunes, that his Akai could function as an arranger? I guess I want to know besides running samples through a keyboard, what else do artists use the S-series for?
Oh and please forgive my ignorance, I'm trying to learn and absorb all I can.