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Akai | S612
The S612 was one of Akai's first professional rack-mount samplers, released back in 1985. Some of its features included 12-bit sampling from 4 to 32kHz with loop and truncate functions, an overdub function and mic or line input jacks. Internal memory is only 128KB which gives a maximum of 8 seconds sampling time at the lowest sampling rate available. An optional disk drive that features the quick disk (QD) 2.8 inch format is needed for permanent storage of samples. Only one sample is stored to each side of the disk.
You won't be able to do much with the S612 these days. However it bears some classic traits that may still be of interest. It features a continuous variable low-pass filter and an LFO for modulating and giving your sample an animated edge. It's also fairly simple and straight forward to operate, responds to external triggering and is still very well suited to any MIDI studio applications. It's definitely a limited sampler, but it makes a cheap back-up instrument that may come in handy for lo-fi sounds or triggered effects.
The S612 is 6-voice polyphonic and performance is possible through MIDI.
The Sampler can hold up to eight seconds in memory with looping, forward, backward, and one shot mode in good quality sound. Finding the right loop point is made easy by Akai's Automatic Splicing Point made easier with the two built in sliders for finding a desired loop point in a sample.
The S612 optionally has a disk drive called the MD280 which is essential to the instrument if you work with it a lot.
|LFO||LFO with sine wave, speed, depth and delay controls|
|Sampler||12-bit linear, 4kHz - 32kHz (variable) sampling rates|
|Filter (VCF)||Continuous variable low-pass filter|
|Memory||128 KB (8 seconds at 4KHz)|
|Produced:||1985 - 1985|
|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.|