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Akai | S1000 KB


The AKAI S1000 is a high-quality digital sampler with a sampling rate from 22kHz to 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 32Mbytes 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.

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. The S1000 is capable of reading these samples and the associated programs from disk, converting them, and replaying them.

The S1000KB was a nice big keyboard version of this mega-sampler. It featured a 61-note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch sensitivity and room for an 80MB hard disk.

SCSI and digital interfaces were available on both keyboard and rack versions.

ModelS1000 KB
Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)16
Sampler16-bit linear sampling (44.1kHz, variable) 47.4 seconds MAX sample time at 22kHz
Filter (VCF)18 dB/oct digital filter
Envelope (VCA)ADSR
Memory2 MB expandable to 32 MB
Key typeKeys
AudioStereo in-out, 8 individual outs
Produced:1988 - 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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