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Akai S950

S950, Sampler from Akai.

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FP User 01/11/2008

Akai S950 : la opinión de FP User (content in English)

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Honestly, I never use anything other than one-shot samples, tuning, and the occasional time-stretch, and this has all of them. Supporting modern-day 1.44 MB diskettes is nice too.

Price paid: $259.99 USD

UTILIZATION

Very easy to use, once you get the hang of the menus. I really enjoy editing samples on it with the knob. It is also very flexible as you can lay out every sound you need in a song on one MIDI program, and assign different sounds to different outputs on the back of the unit. So you can technically play every part of your song on one keyboard, while still using multiple outs.

SOUNDS

Its actually quite transparent sounding. Like the SP-12, I find a lot of its charm comes from sampling in fast and tuning the samples down (for drums, anyway). It has a VERY different sound than the SP-12 though. I use it for all my drum loops, or anything that I want to be a bit lo-fi and is too long to sample into my SP-12.

OVERALL OPINION

Built like a tank. When I first got mine, it needed some connections resoldered but it was nothing major. New equipment isn't built this solidly.

I'll never get rid of it, and if it broke, I would buy a new one. It, like the SP-12, has a special place in my studio, alongside my computer running Cubase and HALion as a software sampler.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: BigRyan ( 7-, 2005)