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Akai | S01


The S01 from Akai 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 itself.

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 and 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.

Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)8
Sampler16 bit, 32 kHz linear
Envelope (VCA)level and release are controllable
Memory1mb (15.625 seconds), expandable to 2mb with EXM01 (32.25 seconds). 8 Banks
Key typeN/A
AudioMono out
Midi 2I-1O-1T
Produced:1993 - 1993
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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