Akai S1000

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Akai S1000
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Akai S1000 MIDI Stereo Digital Sampler
Dates1988 - 1993
Technical specifications
Polyphony16 voices
Timbrality16 parts
Oscillator1 (Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square)
LFO3 LFO's[1]
Synthesis typeDigital Sample-based Subtractive
Filter18dB/octave digital
Storage memory2MB (expandable to 32 MB)
Keyboard61-key (S1000KB only)
External controlMIDI

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.[2] 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 S1000PB was a playback-only version of the sampler.[3] The S1100, released in 1990, is an expanded and enhanced version of the S1000.[2]

Notable users[edit]

Notable users include FrontRunner, 808 State,[4] Butch Vig,[5] Cabaret Voltaire,[6] The Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Fatboy Slim, Future Sound of London, Gary Numan, Jean-Michel Jarre, Moby, Nine Inch Nails,[7] Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark[8] Pet Shop Boys, The Sisters of Mercy, The Stone Roses,[9] Tears for Fears,[10] My Bloody Valentine,[11] Vangelis and Vince Clarke.


  1. ^ "Akai Professional S1000 Stereo Digital Sampler". Encyclotronic. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  2. ^ a b Russ, Martin (2004). Sound Synthesis and Sampling. Elsevier. p. 221. ISBN 0-240-51692-3
  3. ^ "Action Replay". Sound On Sound. April 1989. pp. 86–88. ISSN 0951-6816. OCLC 925234032.
  4. ^ "Art of the State". 808 State. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Behind the Music with Butch Vig". Waves. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  6. ^ "A Chat with Richard H. Kirk". Electronic Beats. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Nine Inch Nails "Closer"".
  8. ^ "Power in the Darkness". Music Technology. December 1991.
  9. ^ "The Stone Roses 'Fools Gold'". Sound on Sound. February 2005. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Tears for Fears".
  11. ^ "Alan Moulder: Recording My Blood Valentine's Loveless".

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