Synth Site: Akai: S900 sampler: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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daniel j a part-time user from chicago writes:
played with people's E-mu's for years and picked up an ESi. never could get into it. thought sampling wasn't for me.

then I picked one of these up. and now I'm getting into sampling so much I selling my Machinedrum to get a MPC3000.

The Sine wave on this thing is so charming. You can make some great foward thinking house/techno with just that.

very much a pro machine in my eyes. just has some ancient specs. what makes hit records then can still do it now.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-03-2005 at 14:50
tom a hobbyist user from France writes:
Very impressive sampler. I'm using it with a rm1x & I must say the S900, although his low memory, is worth the price. The 8 outputs are perfect to make it become a solid drum machine. Looks solid too, never got any problem until there. As described below you can obtain a very fat & dirty sound. The cutoff is also amazing. Simple but rockin'!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-11-2004 at 15:23
RIPROCK a professional user from Los Angeles CA writes:
The S900 can be a serious tool for anybody trying to get that really fat and dirty sound in the drum area. Though editing is a bit of a pain, the overall sound quality of any kick or snare will be pumped up. The key is to blow the sound up either before or after sampling. I use the DBX 566 tube compressor to handle this chore. We talking world class power once this is done, and with a tweek here and a tweek there, you are there. It might be considered old gear, but the S900 has it's own personality and character. Also it basically has the same engine as the MPC60, and we all know just how much impact that has had on the world of hip hop.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-09-2001 at 11:07
pxli from sweden writes:
I baught this two days ago for 700 sek, which today is about 75-80$. Although, the power cable was missing so I had to find one on my own.

After a few hours of playing around with it im starting to understand it., which is not har to do since it is really easy. sampling is a breeze and this is just THE sampler for me. Okay, its lofi, but, thats how i like it. The memory isnt too big, but its enough for me (750 Kb) as i happen to own a roland S330 sampler too. In 7.5 Khz (where the cool sounds are :D ) it has 62 seconds of recording, which is quite much i think. the eight outputs are great too. Ill write another interview in a month, when i probably know this machine a lot better, but so far i grade it 5 because it was over all my expectations and it was really cheap. By the way, if anyone have got the manual for this little thing pls email me at (without the nospam of course ). thanks.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-24-2001 at 20:34
kasio a professional user from italy writes:
I have a yamaha a3000 since 1998 and I have used it very much... now, 3 years later I bought for 1/10 of the money of a3000 an old akai s900.

Never cried more for bad spending money

a3000=cold and sterile s900=W A R M

it's not important the quantity but quality

BUY IT, ...until they are cheap

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-02-2001 at 19:31
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