Akai S1000

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Akai S1000
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Akai S1000 MIDI Stereo Digital Sampler
Manufacturer Akai
Dates 1988 - 1993
Technical specifications
Polyphony 16 voices
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.[1] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Notable users of the S1000 include FrontRunner, 808 State,[2] Butch Vig,[3] Cabaret Voltaire,[4] The Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Fatboy Slim, Future Sound of London, Gary Numan, Jean-Michel Jarre, Moby, Nine Inch Nails,[5] Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark[6] Pet Shop Boys, The Sisters of Mercy, The Stone Roses,[7] Tears for Fears,[8] My Bloody Valentine,[9] Vangelis and Vince Clarke.

The S1100, released in 1990, is an expanded and enhanced version of the S1000.[1]


  1. ^ a b Russ, Martin (2004). Sound Synthesis and Sampling. Elsevier. p. 221. ISBN 0-240-51692-3
  2. ^ "Art of the State". 808 State. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Behind the Music with Butch Vig". Waves. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "A Chat with Richard H. Kirk". Electronic Beats. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Nince Inch Nails "Closer"". 
  6. ^ "Power in the Darkness". Music Technology. December 1991. 
  7. ^ "The Stone Roses 'Fools Gold'". Sound on Sound. February 2005. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tears for Fears". 
  9. ^ "Alan Moulder: Recording My Blood Valentine's Loveless".