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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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a professional user from USA writes:
The S5000 should've been called the "Sampler with so much potential but". For the street price of $1445 up until couple of months a go, this thing couldn't be beat The best sampler for the price and you could over look the shortcomings. But then, they had to jack up the price three times and now it's in the $2000+ range and No way. For that kind of $$ look elsewhere as in the EMU's new line. I do like my S5000 immensely. But, as I said they could have turned this thing into a monster sampler with few extra line of code. Like the ability to format the hard driver. I mean why leave out something like this. Or how about a sequencer since this thing is capable of it. I have no problem with this sampler. In fact some of the things you read abut the timing are mostly due to the note length set up. This is by far the quietest sampler I've ever heard and as far as the sound, well it is so accurate as in neutral No coloration. Some people prefer the low end on other samplers but for me, the accuracy is more important and if you want low end just use the internal EQ in this thing and there you have it. So, if you can still find one for around $1600 then get it otherwise let AKAI know about the screw up by getting something else.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-15-1999 at 22:03
Akai has corrected all of it's midi problems as well as early FX problems in the OS update 1.01 (downloadable at the akai website). With this in mind, the S5000 is undeniably my SOC...sampler of choice. Amazing filters, .wav native format, easy to edit tools, and the EB20 rocks the casbah!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-08-1998 at 13:49
Eric from (sent in as new synth) writes:
Unfortunately the truth is the new Akai series (S5000/S6000) has some very serious problems. I have read some great reviews on the unit, and I too agree that there are many things about the S5000 and S6000 that are truely wonderful. But I do feel many neglected to give it any more than a few tweaks before they came to this decision, because there is a critical problem with the unit's midi response. For persons who have sequences of minimal complexity, you may not have initially noticed a problem. Historically Akai has been known To be very tight in this area,but unfortunately they slipped on this one. For instance, If you are in logic audio and you have a good bit sequence data going, and you highlight your information to copy it, logic triggers each note. This has repeatedly overwhelmed the Akai and caused it to lock up, stop triggering all together, or playback incorrectly. (I stress that my sequence data and my proceedure was nothing out of the ordinary, and is easily handeled by all of my other gear including the other six Akai samplers I own.) Midi reponse is also a problem when you roll things tightly (Common practice to any competitive jungle music and IDM.) If you program a roll for instance at 192 and double time it in logic, the Akai cannot keep up. Even more discuraging (If the unit does not lock up) is that it playes the notes late, or long AFTER the sequence data is over. Also, you will see that even at a slower roll like 192 or 96 or even 64 the roll data will not necessarily sound the same each time it passes, but rather like the sampler is struggling to play it. Try rolling two things at the same time at the same rate and you get a sound that is NOT the combination of the two sounds but rather a loud unpleasant sound that sounds like pure stress. I know this is bad news for many. I called Akai and they said that they had heard this, but offered no suggestions on a solution. This test was performed on my S5000, my friends S6000, and the S5000 in the store. I suggest anyone wh -Matt

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-22-1998 at 08:27
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