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Akai Professional S3000 MIDI Stereo Digital Sampler

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1996 brought the S3000 samplers from Akai with more welcome features like a resonant filter, onboard effects, more memory, and 32 voices.

The S3000XL features 32-voice polyphony, expandable memory, DSP functions, etc., and using the S3000XL’s resonant lowpass filters, multiple LFOs, envelope generators and extensive modulation possibilities. The S3000XL is also a synthesizer.

New functions in the S3000XL include MULTI mode which simplifies multi-timbral sequencing and layering whilst hardware options include a multi-effects processor that offers no less than four channels that include two multi-effects channels with distortion, EQ, ring modulation, and, modulation effects such as chorus, flanging, pitch shifting, auto panning and rotary speaker effects, plus delay, and, reverb. Two ‘spare’ channels of reverb are also available providing a total of four reverbs. Add to this the second bank of optional resonant multi-mode filters and you can see that the S3000XL is a sampler that can grow with your needs.

Bundled with the S3000XL is a software application for the Macintosh™ computers that allows you to operate the sampler from your Macintosh allowing large screen operation of waveform and program editing, sophisticated organisation of your sound library on the Macintosh as well as the ability to integrate your sampler more conveniently with your computer sequencer.

Naturally, all sound library developed for the Akai S900, S950, S1000, S1100, S2000 and the S3000 range of samplers are compatible in the S3000XL giving you access to thousands of sounds on floppy disk, hard disk, removable cartridges, MO disks and CDROM. The ability to read CD ROMs made for other manufacturer's samplers gives access to an even further range of sounds.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Sampling
Oscillators: 4
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Velocity
Sampling: 16 bit, 22.05 kHz, 44.1 kHz
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), Low Pass
Filter Modulation: Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Velocity
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 32
Timbrality: 16
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 1
Storage: Tape, Hard Drive
Editing: MIDI, SCSI
50 effects
Case: Module
Case Details: solid metal chassis
Rack Size: 19", 2U
Controls: Modulation - Audio Input, Buttons, Knobs, Velocity
Display Type: LCD, Backlit
Display Count H: 40
Display Count V: 6
Display Notes: Features graphic waveform editing.
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 11
Inputs: 1/4"
Year Released: 1993
Manuals & Documents
MSRP List Price: $3,999 - convert
Used Price: $100-$250 - convert

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