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Akai Professional S01 MIDI Digital Sampler

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The S01 from Akai Professional is an 8 voice 16 bit digital sampler. Its has more in common with the mid 90's phrase samplers that were soon to follow from Roland, Yamaha, and, Akai.

The unit features 1 megabyte standard ram with expansion to 2 megabytes with a sampling at 16 bit with a sampling frequency of 32 khz. It also has 8 banks to store up to 8 sounds in each bank ready to play back through MIDI and also from the front panel of the unit.

The instrument features onboard editing tools and settings to help speed up the processing of samples and allow the user to have them ready to go at a push of a button or through MIDI across an entire range of a MIDI keyboard.

The 19 inch 2 space rack includes two sets of MIDI ports two audio outputs. One on the front and one on the back that are both identical and are mono out. An audio input on the front and a headphone output with knob adjustments and a jog wheel with an alphanumeric display screen.

The unit offers basic looping, reverse looping, one shot, and adjustable parameters like loop points. There is some compatibility with Akai Sampler Sound Libraries.

The 8 buttons on the front panel represent the 8 banks the user can store sounds on and each button corresponds to trigger its own sound. One of the best features of the 8 bank/8 buttons is each bank/button can be assigned it's own MIDI channel making the S01 a multitimbral sound module. The unit uses a 3.5 inch DD/HD floppy drive and a footswitch on back that allows for triggering of a sample.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Sampling
Oscillators: 8
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Velocity
Sampling: 16 bit, 32 kHz
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Release, Level 1
Filters: 0
LFO: 0
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 8
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 8
Storage: Tape
Editing: MIDI
Case: Module
Case Details: solid metal casing with white faceplate
Rack Size: 19", 2U
Controls: Modulation - Audio Input, Buttons, Knobs, Pedal - Sustain, Velocity
Display Type: LED
Display Count H: 3
Display Count V: 7
Display Notes: 7 segments, 3 characters (LED)
Dimensions (WxDxH): 483(W) x 431(D) x 88.1(H) mm
Weight: 6.7 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Mono Headphone
Audio Output Count: 3
Inputs: 1/4"
Year Released: 1993
Manuals & Documents
MSRP List Price: $849 - convert
Used Price: $10-$136 - convert

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