Akai S1000 MIDI Stereo Digital Sampler
|Dates||1988 - 1993|
|Synthesis type||Digital Sample-based Subtractive|
|Storage memory||2MB (expandable to 32 MB)|
The Akai S1000 is a 16-bit 44.1 kHz professional stereo digital sampler, released by Akai in 1988. The S1000 was among the first professional-quality 16-bit stereo samplers. Its abilities to splice, crossfade, trim, and loop music in 16-bit CD-quality sound made it popular among producers of this era. The S1000 also had the ability to "time-stretch", a feature that allowed the music's tempo to be adjusted without its pitch being altered. The sampler used 24-bit internal processing, had digital filters and an effects send and return, and featured up to 32MB of ram with memory expansion.
A keyboard variant, the S1000KB, included room for an 80MB hard disk.
The advent of the S1000 paved the way for Jungle music, which later evolved into Drum and Bass. The ease with which it could be used and the high sound quality that it produced created an evolution from the rougher Hardcore genre that preceded Jungle.
Notable users of the S1000 include FrontRunner, 808 State, Butch Vig, Cabaret Voltaire, The Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Fatboy Slim, Future Sound of London, Gary Numan, Jean-Michel Jarre, Moby, Nine Inch Nails, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Pet Shop Boys, The Sisters of Mercy, The Stone Roses, Tears for Fears, My Bloody Valentine, Vangelis and Vince Clarke.
The S1100, released in 1990, is an expanded and enhanced version of the S1000.
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