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Review | Music Technology, Feb 1993
Akai's new 3000 Series sampler range - the MT guide
The brand new heavies previewed
Review | Music Technology, Nov 1992
Akai the new...
Review | Music Technology, Dec 1988
Following in the footsteps of their successful S900 sampler, Akai's new baby looks likely to set new standards in sampling hardware. Simon Trask's thrilled to bits.
Preview | Music Technology, Oct 1988
Akai's popular S900 sampler has appeared on more records and in more studios than you can name. Simon Trask takes an early look at the S900's successor, the 16-bit, 16-voice S1000.
Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1990
16-Bit Stereo Sampler
Akai's S1000 is without doubt the industry standard professional sampler, so why try and improve on the best? Paul Wiffen finds that SMPTE cue listing, AES/EBU real-time output, and built-in effects are a good start (with hard disk recording to follow).
Review | Music Technology, May 1991
Digital Stereo Sampler
Having set the music industry standard in sampling with their S1000, Akai are now taking moving pictures into their stride. Simon Trask gets frame-accurate on the S1100.
Review | Music Technology, Mar 1993
Leaders of the new school?
Review | In Tune, Oct 1985
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, May 1985
Polyphonic MIDI Sound Sampler
A real advance in the field of accessible polyphonic sound sampling. Tim Goodyer finds out if the 612's beauty is more than price-tag-deep.
Review | Home & Studio Recording, Jun 1985
Midi Sound Sampler
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Jan 1986
...while Tim Goodyer checks out the production version of Akai’s contender and cocks an ear in the direction of some factory sound disks.
Review | In Tune, Jul 1986
Review | Sound On Sound, Oct 1987
S900 owner David Mellor receives a package in the post from Akai, which rekindles his enthusiasm in the sampler which was one of the first to combine a wealth of facilities with a reasonable price. Will the Version 2.0 software update bring the Akai into line with the latest samplers on the market or has it become old technology - just after its first birthday?
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Jul 1986
Akai's super-sampler carries on where their S612 left off. Paul Wiffen finds its ease of use belies its sophistication.
Review | Home & Studio Recording, Mar 1989
The successor to Akai's industry standard S900 hits the streets.
Review | Music Technology, Jan 1989
As musicians demand ever more from their samplers, Akai replace the studio-standard S900 with an enhanced machine. Vic Lennard samples the march of progress.
Review | Home & Studio Recording, Oct 1985
A fresh look at the production model of the Akai S612 MIDI controlled sound sampler by Steve Howell.
Review | Music Technology, Jan 1987
Polyphonic Sampling Keyboard
Put six S612 modules in a box, stick a keyboard on it, add some new features, and you've got Akai's contender in the budget sampling keyboard stakes. Simon Trask takes notes.
Review | Sound On Sound, Jan 1987
Akai are quickly becoming the name to look out for when it comes to hi-tech products (their hi-fi's not bad either!) and this keyboard-based successor to their S612 sampler certainly reinforces that opinion. Julian Colbeck checks out its attractions.
Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1988
How To Upgrade Your Akai S900
What do you do when your 12-bit Akai S900 sampler starts to seem a little underspecified in comparison with the latest models? Upgrade it with a '16-bit injection' from Marion Systems. David Mellor reports.
Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1986
Akai S900 Sampler
Akai's first foray into the sampling market, the S612, was a resounding success. Their new sampling system, aimed more at studios, is considerably more advanced yet still a respectable price. Eventually it will incorporate a multitrack event recorder and harmonic synthesis module, but just released is the first system component - the S900 rack-mount sampler. Mark Jenkins checks it out.
Review | Sound On Sound, Nov 1990
Akai S1000KB Sampler with DAC R4000 Syquest Drive
The S1000 has been with us for almost two years now, and the removable Syquest drive has become the most popular way of accessing a large library for it. But suppose you put them both in the same box with a weighted keyboard? Paul Wiffen discovers to his joy that someone has!
Review | Music Technology, Sep 1987
Akai S900 V2.0 & ASK90 and Steinberg Soundworks
Already a well-established sampler, the Akai S900 is on the receiving end of a series of software and firmware updates from Akai and Steinberg. Chris Jenkins boots them up.
Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1985
Akai S612 MIDI Sampler
A reduction in price and the introduction of their Quick Disk make Akai's S612 MIDI Sampler an even more attractive investment. Paul Gilby was suitably impressed.
Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Jun 1985
Akai S612 MIDI Sampler
Akai's first sampler - with its own 'Quick Disk' facility.