Akai S3200XL Professional Stereo Digital Sampler

Akai S3200XL Professional Stereo Digital Sampler

The Akai S3200XL is a 16 bit professional stereo digital sampler. It's an 32 voice polyphonic sampler, using 16 bits sampling technique and 44.1 kHz sampling frequency. It's equipped with a 3.5" HD floppy drive and can load samples from the Akai S1000, EMU and Roland sound library.


At the time in 1996 this sampler was seen on some studio photos and Liam's live rig. He had even 2 of them in live setup.

Standard S-Series features

  • 32 voice polyphony
  • Digital resonant filters
  • Assignable Program Modulation (APM) for flexible sound control
  • Powerful DSP features including Timestretch
  • New MultiMode for easy multitimbral setup and layering
  • MESA Remote Control/Librarian Software for Macintosh
  • RAM expansion (up to 32MB) with standard SIMMs
  • Standard MIDI File player
  • Clear, easy-to-learn user interface
  • Compatibility with E-mu and Roland sound libraries

Powerful expansion options

  • Up to 16MB of non-volatile Flash Memory
  • S/PDIF digital I/O

S3200XL features

  • 16MB RAM standard
  • AES/EBU digital I/O standard
  • SMPTE reader/generator standard with QList sequencing capability
  • EB16 (SampleVerb in the US) 4-channel, studio-quality, multi-effects board standard
  • IB304F (ProFilter in the US) DSP board for expanded filtering + EQ standard
  • Direct-to-disk recording
  • Optional internal Magneto/Optical drive


Sampling System 16 bit linear 
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz 
Memory 16 MB (standard) / 32 MB ROM + 16 MB ROM (expanded) 
Polyphony 32 voices 
Maximum Samples 255 
Maximum Programs 254 
Recording Gain HI = -58 dBm / MID = -38 dBm / LOW = -18 dBm 
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance) 
Envelope Generators 2 (1 multi-stage) 
Hard Disk Recording Provided 
Effects Echo/Chorus/Pitch Shift/Delay/Reverb 
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots) 
Help Pages Provided 
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk 
  3.5-inch hard disk (optional) internally mountable 
  3.5-inch MO disk drive (optional) internally mountable 
Standard Inputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
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 
S/PDIF Digital In/Out Provided 
SMPTE Reader/Generator Provided 
Power Requirements 120VAC 60Hz 45W / 220-240VAC 50Hz 45W 
Dimensions 483mm x 133mm x 429mm (W x H x D) (EIA 3U size) 
Weight 8.8 kg

More info: Akai Pro homepage

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