I bought an S series Akai sampler for a 2nd time (first was a S3000XL back in 1999).
The S2000 I got was dirt cheap (compared to what I paid for the S3Kxl! in '99).
I was glad to find most of the editing was similar to the S3Kxl. So I managed to quickly be back to sampling a phrase or synth sound and get it looped/tweaked to perfection.. and this was before I got the SCSI setup with MESA up and running.
MESA is ok, but it lacks alot and is buggy. I cant get DSP to work at all on MESA with my XP machine.. it crashes the moment I try to open up the DSP editor.
I also noticed that MESA does not do realtime control changes.. like realtime filter tweaking.
Instead it waits for you to release the knob before it changes the value for the knobs parameter. A very annoying handicap!
I have begun work on a GUI controller that will do REALTIME filter/resonance tweaks. Plus have other realtime controls that adjust the S2K in realtime via MIDI sysex commands. It may also have a MPC like pad group too if I can spare the extra time/effort into it.
I was curious if there were many people still using this old girl. I realize alot of people have moved on to software synths/samplers, but the old S series still sound so great when you get a good sample/program going.