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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Prof Waffel a professional user from Norway writes:
One of the most intuitive hands-on tweakable hardware samplers ever produced. Analog filter, start and end-point sliders and sound on sound (overdub) all right there on the panel. No menus. The experimental musician's sampler. The AX60 connection creates further possibilities. I got a Kenwood 13-pin connector which worked with the s900 and AX60, but somehow with the s612 only the arpeggio seems to work, no sound from the sampler through the synth, why oh why? Best feature: run a sequence and press "New" Or "overdub" to record a new sample which seamlessly replaces the old sample - while sequence is running. Ubercool!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-05-2011 at 14:22
The Samplist a professional user from UK writes:
I picked up one of these based on the reviews here. I wont do that again. Those who sit here and harp on about the charm and the grime of this wonderful machine are in fact talking utter drivel and have probably never finished a tune in their lives. This sampler just sounds bad, its a hassle to use with the disks and its a total one trick pony. There is no charm to it, you could get the same effect sticking any sampler through a piggy amp. The reviewers here have clearly never heard what a true 8 bit or 12 bit sampler sounds like. I half expected the charm of something like the Ensoniq mirage. How wrong was I. Nothing I put in to this would fit in to the mix. Kik drums, claps, snares, hats nothing would work. beleieve me I get it, I was NOT looking for 24bit 192khz quality. The real trick with low bit samplers is they add a character to your vibe, their musical etc. This is not. It sounds like crap, just exactly what it is,.

The intended market for this sampler was the local circus (seriously). When you get the disk called Elephants Cry you will know what I mean. It was a gimmick and it still is, but sadly its not even an interesting gimmick

They will say yeah its hard to get disks (impossible more like), yeah it fails (sure it does), yeah its limited (thats an understatement) but hey you can move the start and end point in real time. Oh yeah how cool...YOu can do that with almost any stomp pedal sampler, and theres a lot to choose from and they all blow this thing out of the water.

If I sound a little irritated perhaps. But I dont like to see fantasists trying to brainwash people about this sampler. It was never and will never ever be given a classic tag, although I can see their really trying to rewrite history with this one.

Do yourselves a favour and steer clear of this rubbish. Not all old gear was good you know....

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-10-2010 at 21:18
roxstar a professional user from '' ville writes:
I can't imagine the s-950/900 sounds better than this! For the $50 I paid for it, I'm really getting a serious bang for the buck. I know the s-950 can't mangle loops like the s-612. You can adjust the start/end points of your samples MANUALLY while the sample is playing. The easiest way I can explain it would be to play your cd, and hit the forward/rewind functions wile the music is playing. You can d__r__a__g a sound slowly/fast (via the faders) or skip points in the loop. You can start at the end, play the beginning, and end at the start of a sample (this is just an example). The low pass filter is aaight..but realtime (unlike the mpc's) and the tune (more like fine tune) is a cool addition also. No stereo outputs and only a mic and line input. It's old, so don't expect the world. As far as sound quality, it's dirty. Nice and dirty. 12bit mode is short, but adds a nice touch to you samples. Crunchy with a touch of resonance. 8bit mode is flat out grime time. There is nothing nice about 8bit on this machine (I love it). Crunchy like corn flakes with no milk, it will make the drums stand out like Bin Ladden in New York City. The record level knob is touchy, so you may have to keep it low. Play around with the setting to get a nice signal going into, and out of it, and you will be rewarded. You simply can't buy any other sampler for this price and get the same results. Flat out. And I'm not just saying this because I own it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-28-2005 at 18:51
r boswinkel a part-time user from netherlands writes:
i have a S612 for sale. i gome's whit the discdrive and 20 quickdisck's. its in perfect state. anyone?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-16-2005 at 05:40
gear hustler a hobbyist user from co,usa writes:
wacky,tacky outputs easy to use flashback to the days when electronic music was fun,new an exciting to make,better than an ensoniq mirage even though i like my mirage for sound reasons ,the 612 is just like playing a cartgridge for your atari 2600 are you old enough to remember those days my friend???

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-26-2004 at 01:23
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