The Akai S5000 features DOS (FAT32) disk format and .WAV files as the native sample format. Stereo WAV files are treated as a single sample (instead of two mono L/R samples) allowing easier sample editing and program creation. Any standard PC WAV file can be loaded directly for instant playback from any PC formatted hard drive attached to the S5000 - including downloaded samples available on the Internet.
Model features a 64-voice system, and is upgradable to 128-voices (U.S. Version). Improved programming options allow for up to 128 multi programs to be loaded into RAM at any one time, a 'QUICKLOAD' function to load programs directly into parts, and Akai's APM (Assignable Program Modulation) which offers a comprehensive range of new filters, flexible envelope generators, LFOs and more.
The S5000 features eight individual analog outputs (upgradable to 16) and a stereo master analog output.
Samples can be recorded into RAM or directly to hard disk. Playback from either is transparent, allowing playback of long samples directly from disk without having to load them into memory. RAM is expandable to 256 MBytes and the operating system runs from easily upgradable flash ROM. Stereo digital I/0 is standard and S5000 is capable of handling up to 16 individual analog outputs which can be configured as stereo pairs. The S5000 also includes two SCSI ports. The Wordclock connector insures easy integration into an all-digital studio and an optional ADAT interface provides sixteen digital outputs.
On front there is a large 320 x 240 LCD graphic display, with eight dedicated function keys running down both sides of the screen -- placing 16 of the most commonly used programming functions at the user's fingertips.
The Akai S5000 offers a wide variety of storage options, including the ability to replace the standard 3.5" floppy drive with an optional, internal Zip(TM) drive.
Polyphony: 64 voices (expandable to 128 with the VOX64 Voice Expansion Board)
MIDI Support: Yes
Effect Processer: Optional
Sample Bit rate: 16
Memory (RAM): SIMM 72pin, max. 256Mb, min. 8Mb
DAC Bit Rate: 18
Sample Rate (in/out): 44.1kHz, 48kHz
HDD recording: Yes
Other Technogies: Assignable Program Modulation, Direct sample audition, Virtual Samples
Other: ASCII-keyboard (PS/2), SCSI, ZIP, FDD
Liam uses it at live shows and in the studio.
More info: Akai Pro homepage