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Akai S612 MIDI Digital Sampler

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The Akai MIDI Digital Sampler S612 is an amazingly sophisticated electronic instrument which enables you to record (sample) any kind of sound, and reproduce it at any desired pitch or pitches. The following are only a few examples of the many sounds that the S612 can sample.

Sounds of acoustic musical instruments (such as pianos, strings or percussion instruments). Sounds of nature (such as sounds made by animals, wind, wild birds and rain). Human voices, radio, television, CDs, analogue records, me chanical noises, etc.

With the S612, you are able to perform musically with ease using a wide variety of sound sources (only a few of which are listed above). The acoustic instruments can be sampled and reproduced as realistically as the original sound. Existing synthesizers, up to now among the most advanced electronic musical instruments, are unable to sample and reproduce in this way.

The S612 offers entirely new and unique ways to express your musical creativity. Realization of super high quality sound by 12-bit sampling technology. 6-voice polyphonic performance is possible in connection with MIDI keyboards, synthesizers, sequencers and many others. Realization of sampling time up to eight seconds.

A short sampled sound can be continuously played with no time restrictions and without sounding awkward. The S612 contains an advanced scanning mode system with "looping" and "alternating" modes. The best splicing point for "looping" can be selected instantly by the automatic splicing system.

A splicing point can be selected at any time by switching to the manual splice mode. Because the starting or ending point of the sample can be selected at any time, it is possible to play the sound after elimination of an undesired portion of the sample. It is also possible to reproduce the sample in reverse.

It is possible to overdub samples and accumulate various sounds infinitely. The S612 is equipped with an L.F.O., which can add vibrato effects with a delay. The S612 is also equipped with continuous variable low-pass filters for adding a milder touch to samples.

2.8 inch sample disks can be used for data files. "Save" and "load" procedures are extremely quick. You can continuously build your own tone sample library with the specially designed Sampler Disk Drive MD280. (optional)

Any type of sound can be tuned to a designated pitch by transposing it by a half step. This can also be done by tuning ±100 cent. The sound can then be stored on a disk.

The S612 is rack mountable (EIA/2U type) for excellent operation in the studio as well as at live performances. It can be handled with ease and offers astonishing performance.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Sampling
Oscillators: 1
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, LFO, Velocity
Sampling: 12 bit, 8 kHz, 32 kHz, Gated, Loop, One Shot (Phrase)
Sampling Notes:
128 KB memory
1 - 8 seconds sampling time
4 - 32 kHz rates
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Decay
Filters: 1
Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Sine
LFO Notes::
LFO for vibrato only
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 6
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 1
Storage: Quickdisk
Editing: MIDI
Case: Rack
Rack Size: 19", 2U
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Sliders, Pedal - Start / Stop
Display Type: LED, Numeric
Display Count H: 1
Display Count V: 1
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 3
Audio Output Notes: 2 x 1/4" Line out, AX60 Special Connector
Inputs: 2 x 1/4" Mix and Line
DAC Bits: 12
DAC Frequency Rate: 32
Power: 120V AC 60Hz 40W
Year Released: 1985
Year Discontinued: 1986
Used By
Klaus Schulze, Future Sound of London
Manuals & Documents
MSRP List Price: $799 - convert
Retail Street Price: $600 - convert
Used Price: $220 - $450 - convert
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