akai s6000,akai s5000

Thanks to his graphic interface, hierarchical file management, extra-large LCD display and removable control panel, the S6000 appears as a real "sampling system", rather than a pure sampler. This term is useful to describe the "physical sensation" that you can receive working the first time on the S6000: the feeling to have a computer interface integrated inside your sampler is very strong, similarly of what is happening with a Digital Audio Workstation.

The control panel can be locked to the front of the module (4U) for convenience during transport and then removed once in studio in order to be placed in any confortable position.

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S6000 is a "full option" system (except for the optional digital I/O cards and the new USB interface) offering powered features and a wide flexibility. This goal is achieved thanks to a series of important technical specs:

Extended polyphony and multitimbral capability. S6000 can manage up to 128 independent parts (assignable to 32 MIDI channels thanks to a double MIDI interface) and up to 128 notes simultaneously.

Extended memory and direct HD access. The S6000 is the first sampler able to manage up to 256 Mb of RAM. For the mass storage, Hard Disk (HD) or removable units (such as Zip or Jaz) can be installed on the front panel, and two SCSI ports allow to connect the S6000 with external SCSI units. In the sound library department, any previous S1000/S3000 CD-ROM can be imported. In addition to this high reference features, very long samples can be played directly from HD and, thanks to a new function called 'Virtual Sample', S6000 is able to play RAM resident and HD resident samples at the same time.

Easy updated operating system. The operating system is located inside a Flash RAM. In this way any update operation can be done easily assuring, at the same time, a fast response when the sampler is turned on (no more than 3 second, except for the time required by the SCSI scanning activity). In addition to this, the new operating system is able to manage directly MS-DOS disk formats and <.wav> audio files that are mainly available today through the Internet.

Extra-large display, graphic interface and removable control panel. The feeling to operate with an integrated computer interface is really confortable and, thanks to this feature, the programming results in a more easy and fast operativity. The graphic interface includes also a hierarchical files management, with folder logic and a familiar MacOS or Windows oriented approach. Finally the control panel can be easily removed and placed on a master keyboard or in any other place for convenient operations.

Advanced sample editing features. Coming from Akai DD1500 technology (a world-wide renowned post-production audio workstation), the Timestretching (speed control without affecting the intonantion) and the BPM Matching (rhythm Audio-to-MIDI sync) algorhythmwere dramatically improved.

Modifier, Controllers and Modulation. 1 filter, 3 EG and 2 independent LFO are available for each Keygroup (the keyboard zones to witch Samples are assigned inside a Program). The filter was deeply redesigned and powered with a large choice of 26 different types, including the classic analog synth 24dB/octave with resonance. An Assignable Program Modulation (APM) system allows to adress up to 17 controllers to several different destinations for real time or automatic controls.

Extended and reconfigurable effect section with individual send. 2 Multieffects chains and 2 hi-quality reverberators (20-bit processing) assure flexibility and processing power.

Extended output routing and improved audio quality. S6000 can distribute the internal voices to 16 independent analog outputs. This can be done also in digital thanks to ADAT optional cards. Finally, the new 20-bit converters assure a largely improved audio quality.


Inside the S6000, every Program corresponds to a complete sound composed by a variable number of Keygroups, depending from how many Samples are used. Because a Keygroup can manage up to 4 Samples on the same keyboard area, this means that a Program can easily support sound layers or dynamic cross-fades up to 4 levels.

Modifiers, Controllers, Effects and a flexible modulation system (APM) are also available to refine the sound as desired. A Program can be recalled individually or combined with other Programs inside a Multi. Each Multi can manage up to 128 Programs at the same time (thanks to dual MIDI IN ports) in order to play very complex MIDI sequences and is also able to adress individual program changes to every MIDI channel.

Finally, to extend this important feature also to live shows, S6000 can store up to 128 Multis for any performance need. Another important point to discuss is about output management. This is really powerful thanks to the 16 standard individual analog outputs and a flexible routing system. Also audio quality results improved by means of the new 20-bit (128x oversampling) DAC fitted on-board.

About digital I/O, S6000 can mount an optional ADAT I/O board, and Wordclock IN is also provided in order to work seamlessly inside complex digital systems.

  There's no doubt that S6000 opens new frontiers to the art of sampling. Computer-like interface, huge memory, polyphony and multi-part capability, direct-to-disk playing, virtual sample functions, powerful sound processing, high audio quality and flexible output management are facts, not opinions.

The price is interesting too, considering that we're dealing with a sampler aimed at high-end professional users. Those who want to spend less can consider the scaled down version S5000 that, for nearly half the money, can be afterwards expanded until reaching the features of the S6000.