Akai Professional S900

S900, Sampler from Akai Professional.

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FP User 10/31/2008

Akai Professional S900 : FP User's user review


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It was made back in the 80's , so the features it comes with are taken into consideration. The lack of upgrading memory or adding an scsi adapter really stumps this hardware sampler. These two features mentioned were options in the later s950 model.

Price paid: $130 USD


The user interface lcd is not lit. The menu consist of page up and page down buttons. Easy and straight forward, just a lot of page up and page down scrolling


I bought the s900 off of Ebay for $110- $20 for shipping, so I figured it would be a good deal for an alternative to the two other samplers that I own; ASR-X Pro and MPC 60. Both have their own unique sound but wasn't lo fi enough for me. Yes, I can dirty up my samples and do, but I just an equipment freak! I read up on some old 12 bit samplers that would be able to lower the hz rating within the machine. The s900 and MPC 60 share the same sound engine, but Roger Linn modified how an incoming sample would be introduced changing the outcome (output) of the sample, thus creating a different distinct sound from the same sound engine in the s900. I figured I could have the option of lowering the hz from 16khz to 1khz.. I thought, well the sp1200 runs at 12 bits - 22khz; I believe; so running a sample at lower than 22khz would really make my beats sound grimmy. Well, the outcome was somewhat of a disappointment. I wasn't expecting the s900 to turn circles, but I was a bit surprise at how un lo fi my kick or snare sounded. It came out muffled at 10khz, but I couldn't hear a difference, other than the high's being cut a bit and a hissing sound that sounded more like a tire going flat than crunching corn flakes (if that makes sense). Anyways, the sound came out sterile and a bit cold. I figured I would throw it through some filter and effects to take bring some of the "flat tire" sound down.


I am still keeping. I haven't had much time to get in depth with this machine, do to all of the scrolling up and down, I would just stick to my computer audio editor for that. The sound it a bit lacking and if I needed the money, this would be the first item in my studio that I would sell. I would keep my Yamaha DJX over this sampler.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 5-, 2003)