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  S20 At a Glance
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Mario Vengoechea (Mote11@aol.com) writes:
The S20 is great way to get your feet wet in the world of sampling, and Akai has made it easy on the pocket to do just that. The S20 brings some really nice features found on more expensive samplers such as a beat loop function which allows you to match different samples by adjusting actual BPM rate rather than transposing or tunning.(Really cool)

It is fully MIDI controllable, and assigning bank samples onto your keyboard and sequencer software is a snap. It brings a HD/DD 3.5 inch floppy drive, but, you wont find any SCSI ports on this puppy. Which is rather unfortunate because adding 16 megabytes of ram allows for recording up to 262 seconds of 16 bit audio at 32 khz. which makes this sampler a real meaty contender with other higher end units, but there's no actual way of saving unless you dump into a hard disk recorder. (I would prefer to save on a JAZZ drive). All in all Akai has done a good job of producing a great sounding sampler with professional features for a fraction of what others cost.

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(Thanks to Mario Vengoechea for this info.)
and Kent Rankin for the pic

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x Maxim Digital Audio - free sample tools Contains a little utility to convert wav to AKAI a
x The Patch King The Worlds Largest 3rd Party Synth & Sampler Developers. Thousands of new sounds for over 100 synths and samplers. Large Sound Library for All Akai Samplers on Floppy Disk, CD-ROMS or Zip Disks.
x Akai Room at Synthmuseum.com Your vintage Synth resource for technical and historical ifnormation about Akai instruments
x Oxygenfad Listen to the s-20 in 200+bpm action!
x Cratedigger's Forum S20 discussion forum and more.

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