Synth Site: Akai: 612 Sampler: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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matrix writes:
The sliders are the start and end points of the sample. Think of the top as the first half of the sample and the bottom as the second half. It does make a nice filter. It's also excellent at fattening up sounds. Sample a sound on your synth and then play your synth and the 612 at the same time adjusting the filter and so on to your liking. Instant gratification. : ) A 4 for fun and affordability.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-30-1999 at 21:30
Dan a hobbyist user from USA writes:
It's a neat little sampler, nice filter. The LFO on mine produces a tremolo like effect, and it doesn't get very low-frequency (probably about five oscilations per second is the lowest it will go). I found that if you draw the top splicing slider slowly from left to right it can produce a neat slow motion type effect. I can't figure out what the bottom splicing slider does. Anyway, it's definitely worth what I paid for it ($50).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-30-1999 at 15:03
Dr. Smith a part-timer user from USA writes:
Yeah, I agree, this sampler rocks. My local "Music-Go-Round" had three, so I decided to take one off their hands. Only $125 which includes the silly disk drive. Phat bass, really noisy, love that 12-bit lo-fi sound. This excells at repetative beats and screwing up vocal samples. My only gripe is with the disk drive, i.e. "QuickDisk" technology no longer exists so I can't save my samples! But I still love my 612. Ok, go get one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-16-1999 at 09:41
Ivan Blajer a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
Hi I got the Akai S612 for free from a friend of mine, he's got like 3 other samplers so he doesn't need it anymore and yes it's a very nice sampler, the sampling rate is set by using a midi keyboard connected to it by pressing a note on the keyboard (the lower the note) the lower the sampling rate and longer the sample time of course, and then u press new or overdub to record your sound. I wouldn't have known this either without my friend telling me, what I want to know is how to use the MONO/POLY button what does it do? I know that it makes the instrument Mono or polyphonic but the thing is that if I load a sample that was recorded in MONO (light is on) and then try and record something it stays in MONO even if I press the button again so it's the only function I haven't worked out. Oh and yeah if the Manual Splice is not on turning the lfo speed seems to affect the auto loop point! Is that rite?? Anyone got a Manual for this thing?? Otherwise I'm very happy with this machine it's got a really nice sound ignoring the terrible frequency response at high ends! Sample your favourite analogue drum machine loop and slow it down for NASTY BASS! Later Ivan aka [jello]

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-26-1998 at 01:23
Noj Lohr a part time user from USA writes:
I got the s-612 last summer(1997)at a pawn shop for $200. It is a PHAT sampler!! Only holds 1 sample, but you can layer up more samples on top of eachother!! 2 sliders control the length of the sample as well as forward and reverse!! It's 12bit technology gives a grainy sound whitch is all the rage in new dance music (CHEMICAL BROS.). 9 knobs control lfo speed, lfo depth, lfo delay, tune, level, rec.level, decay, monitor level, and non-resonant filter!! Also includes 13 touch sensitive buttons similar to the ones on the Moog Source, Oberheim Matrix-6, Studio Electronics ATC-1. These buttons edit: loop mode, oneshot mode, alternating mode, manual splice mode(for the 2 sliders),and key transpose. They are all light green. The light purple buttons are for the MIDI: channel down, channel up, and mono/polly. Gray buttons are data:save, load, verify. Red are 4 the recording: new, and overdub. MIDI IN,OUT,THRU. Audio line in and mic in. 2 line outs. THE S-612 is a 2-space rackmount unit painted black w/wild colors on the touch sensitive buttons and knob enbs. I absolutely LOVE this sampler!!! It's got tons of knobs (very analog synth like), the 12-bit sound rules, looks great, cheap price, VERY sturdy built, and most of all DEAD EASY TO USE!!!!!!! I give this sampler a 6 out of 5!!!!!!Kinda rare to find however, so spend a good bit of time tracking one down, but BUY!BUY!BUY!!! If I find another I'll buy it!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:34
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