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Akai S1100 sampler

Akai S1100 sampler

The Akai S1000 is a 16-bit professional stereo digital sampler, released by Akai in 1988. The S1000 was among the first professional-quality 16-bit stereo samplers. Its abilities to splice, crossfade, trim, and loop music in 16-bit CD-quality sound made it popular among producers of this era. The S1000 also had the ability to "time-stretch", a feature that allowed the music's tempo to be adjusted without its pitch being altered.

The advent of the S1000 paved the way for Jungle music, which later evolved into Drum and Bass. The ease with which it could be used and the high sound quality that it produced created an evolution from the rougher Hardcore genre that preceded Jungle.

The S1100, released in 1990, is an expanded and enhanced version of the S1000.

More info: Akai Homepage


In 90s Liam used to have all the live stuff stored in two Akai S1110 samplers. These babies can be seen in his old equipment rack that he used for live shows. These samplers were also used heavily in the studio back then.


Liam's old rack setup from 1996

Sampling System 16 bit linear 
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz 
Memory 2 MB (standard) / 32 MB (expanded) 
Polyphony 16 
Maximum Samples 200
Maximum Programs 100
Recording Gain HI = -58 dBm / MID = -38 dBm / LOW = -18 dBm 
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-18 dB/octave) 
Envelope Generators 2 ADSR
LFOs ??
Hard Disk Recording Hardware upgrade (optional)
Effects Available 
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots) 
Help Pages Not available 
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk 
Standard Inputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
Effect Send 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 1
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1 
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1 
MIDI DIN-5P IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1 
SCSI Provided 
AES/EBU Digital In/Out XLR (RS-422 level) x 1 (optional with IB-104 interface)
SMPTE Reader/Generator 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Power Requirements 120VAC 60Hz 40W / 220-240VAC 50Hz 40W 
Dimensions 483mm x 133mm x 425mm (W x H x D) (EIA 3U size) 
Weight 10.1 kg 

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