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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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moosiqpipl a part-time user from Germany writes:
I traded my first S2000 a couple of years ago for a Yamaha A4000 - which at a pitty stopped me from being creative (despite of its possibilities!). So I sold the A4000 and ruefully returned to the S2000 again. This machine is expandable due to your needs with FX board, filter board and additional output board. For a decent hardware sampler with no Schnickschnack and at a reasonable price Akai's S2000 is for sure the way to go!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-13-2006 at 19:07
joseph a professional user from manila philippines writes:
i've been an akai sampler user since i was 18 im now 35 yrs old, playing around asia with my own band and still using my trusty old akai samplers.ihave akai s950, so1 and s2000 well i have one thing to say about this samler,simply the best.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-14-2004 at 22:51
Dj Maxo a professional user from France writes:
A great sampler, for the price you get a sound that almost make its big brothers quiver, excellent buy i would advise to have atleast one of these in the studio salut

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-10-2004 at 20:36
Erik Thorsson a professional user from Brooklyn, NY, USA writes:
The Akai S2/3000 series samplers are pretty clean, but not as clean as the next generation of samplers like the Akai S5/6000, Yamaha A4/5000, etc. that came out a couple years later. The oversampling on the later samplers is about twice as high as on the S2/3000 samplers. Personally, I really like the rough edge that the S2000 gives to sounds. If you run a sound out of it that is resampled at 4000 kHz it'll sound a lot more jagged (or "crunchy" if you prefer) then the same sound out of a S5000, or your softsampler out of your audio interface. I don't know if the Akai is exactly clean, personally I think it colors the sound as much as any other sampler, but not so much with EQ as maybe a tiny bit of compression or something. But, if you throw 64th notes at this thing and then take a look at the output in a .wav editor, you can see that every attack of the sound is exactly the same. This as opposed to a Yamaha A4/5000 that will distort the sound if you throw too much data at it too quickly. I like the sound of this thing so much that I never transfer samples to it through the SCSI or MIDI. I always sample out of my PC and into the S2000's the analog ins just to get the sound of the input stage of the S2000. The lower oversampling rate there affects the sound as well. It's definitely not professional level all-in-one solution -- even with all the add-ons. The EB16 can only output its effects to one set of outputs, even though it's a four channel FX processor. But as far as playing back sound goes, it does a good job. The timing is really really good -- way better than a Yamaha sampler. I love the thing. The interface is clunky, but if you want software, get MESA or Chicken Systems' Millenium. I haven't gotten either yet, but Millenium is on my list. The biggest pain in the ass is setting up stereo sampling, since the S2000 doesn't treat stereo samples as a single file. You have to assign the L channel to the first zone of a keyground and then the R channel to a second zone and then set the velocity. Pain in the ass. Could probably be easily solved with Millenium of MESA. Good luck.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-19-2004 at 00:08
latin love a part-time user from germany writes:
The Akai is a good beginners sampler. Sound is great, but timing is shit. Sample transfer via SCSI to MESA is also unreliable and buggy. I hate this thing because I often cannot concentrate on making music but have to worry about technical stuff. Nevertheless sound is very punchy compared to many software solutions. Get a S5000, they become cheaper and cheaper.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-May-03-2004 at 05:34
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