Akai S900

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Akai S900
ManufacturerAkai
Dates1986[1][2]
Technical specifications
Polyphony8 voices
Timbrality8 parts
Synthesis typeDigital Sample-based Subtractive
Storage memory896KiB (768KiB for samples)
Input/output
External controlMIDI

The Akai S900 is a 12-bit sampler, with a variable sample rate from 7.5 kHz through to 40 kHz. It was common in recording studios until it was superseded two years later by the S1000.

An expanded version, the Akai S950, was released in 1989. This imported some of the improvements of the higher end S1000, including timestretching (allowing the user to change a sample's length and pitch independently of one another).[3] Unlike the S1000 series, the S900 series allows a sample to loop alternating forwards and backwards.

Notable users include The 45 King (who named his hit "The 900 Number" after the sampler),[4] Juan Atkins,[5] Beatmasters,[6] Black Box, Ian Boddy,[7] Enya,[8] Fatboy Slim (who nearly exclusively uses a pair of S950s),[9] Front 242,[10] KLF,[11] Public Enemy, Renegade Soundwave,[12] and Tangerine Dream.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wiffen, Paul (Jul 1986). "Akai S900 Sampler". Electronics & Music Maker. United Kingdom: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing. pp. 74–78. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Mark (Jul 1986). "Eat your heart out PPG!". Sound On Sound. United Kingdom. pp. 50–53. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  3. ^ Lennard, Vic (Jan 1989). "Akai S950 Digital Sampler". Music Technology. United Kingdom: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing. pp. 50–52. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  4. ^ Trask, Simon (May 1989). "45 Kingdom". Music Technology. United Kingdom: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing. pp. 50–54. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  5. ^ Trask, Simon (Dec 1988). "Future Shock". Music Technology. United Kingdom: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing. pp. 38–43. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  6. ^ Goodyer, Tim (Jul 1989). "Beat Generation". Music Technology. United Kingdom: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing. pp. 40–45. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  7. ^ Gilby, Paul (Dec 1986). "Ian Boddy: Phoenix". Sound On Sound. United Kingdom. pp. 37–41. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  8. ^ Collins, Mike (Mar 1989). "Enya - Watermark". Sound On Sound. United Kingdom. pp. 32–33. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  9. ^ Doyle, Tom (Jan 2017). "Classic Tracks: Fatboy Slim "Praise You"". Sound On Sound. United Kingdom. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  10. ^ Bradwell, David (Jun 1989). "Front Line". Music Technology. United Kingdom: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing. pp. 76–79. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  11. ^ Prendergast, Mark (Apr 1991). "Inside The KLF". Sound On Sound. United Kingdom. pp. 24–28. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  12. ^ Hillier, Stephen (Jan 1989). "Renegade Action". Music Technology. United Kingdom: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing. pp. 18–22. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  13. ^ Trask, Simon (Jan 1991). "Dream State". Music Technology. United Kingdom: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing. pp. 40–46. Retrieved 2021-03-02.