Synth Site: Akai: 612 Sampler: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Tonyc a part-time user from uk writes:
What a beast of a machine. Dirt cheap now a days aswell. The unit itself doesn't save samples, you'll need the quick disk drive for that, so make sure u can track one down before buying( i got my s612 and disk drive for £60, what a bargain!). Down falls are godamn quick disks. They are so hard to get now a days and you just won't be able to get all of that important sample in the memory. But hey, don't use it for loops, thats what my s900 is for. This monster is great for leads and basses and just random noises. Analogue filter, thats what all akai samplers should have. A PHAT MONSTER!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-19-2004 at 16:44
TR loves his S612s from Midwestern USA writes:
S612s are so much fun! Sure they're old, limited, the disk drives fail, and the disks are hard to find, but they're so easy to use. There is nothing complicated about them, so the technology doesn't get in the way of the experimentation and inspiration.

I wanted an S612 with the MD280 drive since they came out almost 20 years ago. I finally got the set on ebay 3 and 1/2 years ago, and loved it so much I have bought 4 more S612s and 5 more MD280 drives since then (I also decided to stock up in case I need to cannibalize any for parts).

Does someone need this many S612s and MD280s? No, but its my money and I like them. You don't need top of the line equipment to make great music, just inspiration and talent(which I may or may not have).

Get an S612 and see for yourself. Run your samples through an Akai AX-60 or another filter, or effect pedals, or don't run them through anything at all. Play them forward or backwards. Loop them if you want. No matter what you do you will have tons of 8-bit fun!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-18-2004 at 18:28
richard from UK writes:
I got this at a bargain 40 pounds, by the looks you can tell it is vintage and was akai's fist sampler, but when connected to a midi keyboard its fantastic its just a shame the disc drives for it are rare to find as storage would be even better, email me if your in the uk and have a spare disc drive with some disks and ill see what I can do

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-12-2004 at 14:23
christoffer a hobbyist user from sweden writes:
it's ideal for my setup. just push a button, trough in a beat, mess it up, put it back into your audio sequencer, trough in the next one.. etc. "Insperation in a box", couldnt have said it better!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-22-2003 at 14:37
Mike Goodin a hobbyist user from California writes:
Got it! Love it! Never sale it!

Insperation in a box!!! best akai sampler other than mpc60

come on people raw beats make the world go round! mike=)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-23-2003 at 16:47
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