Akai S 900 Sampler

The S-900 sampler was Akai’s first truly professional sampler, released in 1986. Its sampling specifications were pro-quality at the time: 12-bit stereo sampling, 7.5kHz to 40kHz variable sampling rates and a maximum of 63 seconds of sample time at 7.5kHz. Up to 32 samples can be created and stored to disk along with any edit settings. This was one of the first rack-mount samplers to use a built-in disk drive. Although the drive could load sounds while you play, it was still a very slow process.

There are lots of advanced edit capabilities for looping, truncating, velocity crossfading, tuning and even analog-like parameters to control. Individual outputs for each of the eight voices, stereo mix out, stereo input, MIDI and trigger inputs round out this machine as a professional vintage-status sampler that still proves to be very useful even for today’s musicians!

These samplers were used by many, many artsit from Def Leppard, Petra, Fatboy Slim, Moby, Skinny Puppy, Depeche Mode, Future Sound of London, Sneaker Pimps, The Bomb Squad, Dr. Dre, DJ Premiere, and are still used today for techno and rave soudn effects playback.
The specs for this unit are:
Polyphony - 8 voices
Sampling - 12-bit linear, 7.5 - 40kHz sampling rates (63 seconds). Up to 48kHz in S-950.
Memory - 750 kB RAM in S-900 (not expandable).
VCA - ADSR
Effects - None
Arpeg/Seq - None
Keyboard - None
Storage - 750K internal RAM.
Control - MIDI plus optional 8 trigger-inputs via ME35T-board
Date Produced - S-900: 1986

this information courtesy of vintagesynth.com

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