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Akai Professional S1000 Stereo Digital Sampler

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    The AKAI S1000 is a high-quality digital sampler with a sampling rate of 44.1kHz. With 16-bit resolution, the S1000 is capable of recording and replaying samples literally of CD quality and the standard memory has a total sample time of over 23 seconds (mono). Memory may be added in 2Mbyte boards to a total of 8Mbytes to give over 90 seconds of total sample time.

    16-note polyphony allows complex passages to be played with the full sample time. The samples may be edited with full trimming facilities (down to 1 sampling period), looped at up to 8 loop points per sample (with tuning of the loop), spliced to other samples, filtered and sent through two independent ADSR envelope generators. Full velocity, positional and looping crossfading is possible.

    Basic synthesizer waveforms (sine, triangle, etc) are available on disk for synthesizer/sampler sounds. The S1000 is also capable of editing samples digitally by "stretching" or "squeezing" samples without changing the pitch in order to fit them into a specific time slot. Resampling can be done at any frequency (higher or lower than the original). The stereo facility is ideal for sampling portions of prerecorded program material (making it an ideal tool for "house", "hip-hop" etc productions), as well as for sampling ambient acoustic sounds.

    Naturally, a full MIDI implementation is built in - multi-timbral capabilities making the S1000 perfect for use with a sequencer such as the AKAI MPC-60 or ASQ-10. Special functions for remote operation of the AKAI ME-35T Audio/MIDI trigger unit (1 or 2 can be controlled), together with a single-trigger monophonic mode make the S1000 into a real-time percussion tone generator.

    In the studio, eight separate outputs allow maximum flexibility in mixing and adding effects. However, stereo operation is possible from just two outputs, and a built-in stereo effects send/return loop can save channels and space in live work.

    The S1000 is capable of processing up to 200 samples, 100 programs, or a combination of up to 400 samples + programs + keygroups. The internal 3.5" floppy disk drive provides a quick easy method of storing and retrieving data (samples, programs and other settings). Hard disks may be used by the S1000 when using the optional IB-103 interface board (AKAI provide a 40 Mbyte capacity drive which may be mounted internally), but any SCSI compatible drive may be used up to a capacity of 512 Mbytes. The hard disk may be divided into partitions and volumes. The SCSI interface may also be used for fast transmission of sample data to SCSI-equipped computers for editing.

    The optional IB-104 digital interface board provides coaxial and optical digital links, for direct digital sampling at rates of up to 48kHz, and hard disk archive/restore to DAT for quick and easy storage of data.

    The industry-standard sampler prior to the introduction of the S1000 was the AKAI S900, and hundreds of sample disks were produced for this machine. You'll be pleased to know that the S1000 is capable of reading these samples and the associated programs from disk, converting them, and replaying them.
    Type: Digital
    Oscillators: 1
    Waveforms: Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square
    Osc Modulation: Envelope, Input, Keyboard, LFO, Velocity
    Sampling: 16 bit, 22.05 kHz, 44.1 kHz
    Envelopes: 2
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters: 1
    Types: 18dB Slope, Low Pass
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Velocity
    LFO: 3
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 16
    Timbrality: 16
    Tuning: Standard
    Patches RAM: 100
    Storage: Tape, Hard Drive
    Editing: MIDI, SCSI
    Case: Module
    Case Details: Solid metal and white chassis
    Rack Size: 19", 3U
    Controls: Velocity, Buttons, Knobs, Modulation - Audio Input
    Display Type: LCD, Backlit
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 483mm x 133mm x 425mm (W x H x D) (EIA 3U size)
    Weight: 9.5 kg
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 11
    Inputs: 1/4"
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    Year Released: 1988
    Year Discontinued: 1993
    Design Notes:

    The Akai S1000 is a 16-bit 44.1 kHz professional stereo digital sampler, released by Akai in 1988. The S1000 was among the first professional-quality 16-bit stereo samplers.[1] Its abilities to splice, crossfade, trim, and loop music in 16-bit CD-quality sound made it popular among producers of this era. The S1000 also had the ability to "time-stretch", a feature that allowed the music's tempo to be adjusted without its pitch being altered. The sampler used 24-bit internal processing, had digital filters and an effects send and return, and featured up to 32MB of ram with memory expansion. A keyboard variant, the S1000KB, included room for an 80MB hard disk.
    Manuals & Documents
    MSRP List Price: $4499 - convert
    Used Price: $100 - convert
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