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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Avery Brooks a professional user from USA writes:
The Akai s20 is one of the best purchases I've ever made. It is great! It is multi timbral, has 16 bit, 33khz sample quality and all kinds of fun stuff (well, no filters, but some semi-fun stuff) like a reverse feature which can reverse samples on the fly (great for d'n'b) and resample, which can half the sample rate, until it is at 4khz, for lo-fi breaks. Makes real cymbals sound very "electric." It also can do multi-pitched samples, so you can use it for instruments, not just beat loops and stuff. I like it, but I got mine for 400. If I had to pay 600, like anyone who buys it new does, I might just be tempted to shell out the extra 400 and get a higher level sampler, with SCSI. Saving to floppies is better than midi-dumps, I'll admit, but not as good as a zip or a jazz drive. It is a pain to have to have 5+ disks for a decent piano sample or a long loop. But still, I'm happy with it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-04-1998 at 10:21
sinaddr a part-timer user from US writes:
well, i think people need to realize that this sampler isn't supposed to be the all-purpose sampler. its a PHRASE sampler, its more for putting songs together/creating drum loops/etc, not making funky shit happen :P

Its great for its purpose, MUCH better than the sp-202/su-10 bullshit thats flyin around these days :>

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-03-1998 at 18:40
KC from USA writes:
2 out of 5 because you need to buy a different sampler if you have this one. I sold it for 450 dollars. Not really a great sampler at all. No timestretch or anything. Really a dull sampler. Get something like an EMU esi 4000 or akai s3000 . . or wait for the s5000 and 6000 by akai which look very very very promising and they'll be way cheap.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-07-1998 at 15:48
DJ Craine a hobbyist user from US writes:
Great sampler for the price. Probably the best under $500(excluding older used samplers i.e. S900/S950)...Nice sequencer and the expandable ram is a real nice feature. The disk drive is nice and makin loop-based songs is real easy with the beat loop function. Nice nice sampler. Good for its price and a lot better than a Sp-202(but id kill for a good filter on the S20)... I have only two complaints which arent really relavent... 1.Its needs individual outputs. 2. Its needs an onboard filter. My 2 or so cents Peace, James a.k.a. Dj Craine

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:34
aaron a hobbyist user from usa writes:
very good sampler for the price, only one in its class with a disk drive

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