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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Akai S950
Honestly, I never use anything other than one-shot samples, tuning, and the occasional time-stretch, and this has all of them. Supporting modern-day 1.44 MB diskettes is nice too.

Price paid: $259.99 USD

UTILIZATION

Very easy to use, once you get the hang of the menus. I really enjoy editing samples on it with the knob. It is also very flexible as you can lay out every sound you need in a song on one MIDI program, and assign different sounds to different outputs on the back of the unit. So you can technically play every part of your song on one keyboard, while still using multiple outs.

SOUNDS

Its actually quite transparent sounding. Like the SP-12, I find a lot of its charm comes from sampling in fast and tuning the samples down (for drums, anyway). It has a VERY different sound than the SP-12 though. I use it for all my drum loops, or anything that I want to be a bit lo-fi and is too long to sample into my SP-12.

OVERALL OPINION

Built like a tank. When I first got mine, it needed some connections resoldered but it was nothing major. New equipment isn't built this solidly.

I'll never get rid of it, and if it broke, I would buy a new one. It, like the SP-12, has a special place in my studio, alongside my computer running Cubase and HALion as a software sampler.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: BigRyan ( 7-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Akai S950
As only alone sampler it wouldn't suit with todays needs. It does have a timestrech feature (the S900 does not). The memory is limited to a max of 2.25Mb that includes the expensive memory-upgrade, but as a drumsampler the original amount is definitely sufficient. polyphony is very limited, but thanks to it's 8 outputs you can manage to route each drumsound to a different output.

UTILIZATION

It's very intuitive and simple to use, even without reading the manual, even though i would definitely recommend using the manual.

It's very heavy and strong built.

SOUNDS

I use it as a drum module only. Its 12-bit sound makes the drums dirty and that's exactly what i wanted.

OVERALL OPINION

You love dirty drums? you'll love the s950

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: baggysound ( 6-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Akai S950
The features were a 10 when it was released, but with computer's in the market. The features don't hold up for these days.

Price paid

$250

UTILIZATION

Simple, real simple.

This thing is a tank. I'm afraid to drop it, not in fear of breaking it. But in fear of damaging my floor or my foot.

SOUNDS

12-bit sound sounds great. I run almost all my samples through this machine to my computer.

OVERALL OPINION

I love this thing. Nothing beats the sound from this thing.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: dwells ( 5-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Akai S950
Not exactly a full featured sampler but it does make a wicked drum module.

Price paid

$200.00

UTILIZATION

Super easy to use. I'm a newbie and I downloaded the manual from akai and mastered the thing shorty after.

Very big and heavy. Seems to be built very solid.

SOUNDS

Best part about this puppy. Old school grit and raw. 12 bit!

OVERALL OPINION

Might give it up for the right price but probably not. Love it.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 5-, 2002)
arnoldorodeo03/15/2013

arnoldorodeo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A Great Machine!"

Akai S950
8-voice polyphony, jacks connectors 6.35, recording front with red knob level. Great ergonomics optional card up to 2 MB (no kidding!) Inaccessible as expensive at the time of the franc ... 8 individual outputs an output + L / R.

UTILIZATION

I've never had the manual and no internet at the time so system D.
Sampling on this machine has always amazed me: This is supposed to be the 12-bit and yet a great precision in the samples.
Automatic search of the ideal point of closure. - And trigger the attack of the sound.
Time-stretching was well rotted yet ... Number of tubes in the 90's were done with this so typical (CJ Bolland, Armand Van Helden, Massive Attack to name a few)

SOUNDS

See above: Sharpness and presence in the mix. Note envelopes additive and subtractive filters very very good.

OVERALL OPINION

I long ago ... It is good place in my rack expanders. I understand that some people are looking for the S-950 for its "grain". I have identified three fundamental qualities:
Ease of use.
Possibility of producing sounds completely crazy from scratch.
Separate outputs + big dynamic in terms of volume.
5 number one club with him. Truly a great machine!
01/24/2010

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai S950
Mine is basic and has no memory max but it is convenient to use because I have enough of a floppy disk to save all the memory.

UTILIZATION

It's simple but lousy. I prefer editing in EMU, it's like that!

What I like most about Akai (MPC or S950) is the ease with which one performs overlapping samples and velocity crossfades.

SOUNDS

It sounds very good in the genre but I prefer my Emax when it comes to his bitch.
When reducing the sampling rate the 950 filter noise and aliasing, it seems.
The time stretch is a classic, slightly connoted "94 'jungle'. ^ ^

Going on the Test Tone worth its weight in peanut I use to make subs, bass, and it is also very nice on agreements with some effects. Simple, raw and strong.

OVERALL OPINION

Sometimes I think the sale to take me another Emax but for now I can not, because I use the test tone often enough.
soldapet09/18/2009

soldapet's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai S950
all was said

USE

all was said

SOUNDS

converters are not transparent is 12 bit but I find the sound not great, it depends on taste, I find that his standing grain stands as the legend of the Beast of Gevaudan, I find it quite cold and acute metalique it No BIG SOUND !!!!!!!! one feels that he has no sin but his pete.

NOTICE GLOBAL

must be forgotten for a big sound it does not quite beat up (another personal opinion) this war machine would not even graded in the army <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt="mrgreen" /><img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt="mrgreen" /><img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt="mrgreen" /> ah so !!!! The S950 has a good filter for AC I own samples! if cu me sampler without hesitation I would buy in order to sell it 2 times more expensive to people who say it kills <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_biggrin.gif" alt="biggrin" /> .dropoff Window
Not no joke I do not Rasht, I am looking at BIG SOUND sampler in sp or asr-10
Alternatif9304/28/2009

Alternatif93's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai S950
All t adj said on the subject

UTILIZATION

Relatively simple and logical: SAMPLE, KEYGROUP, PROGRAM.

SOUNDS

The converters are not transparent and is the least we can say and that's what makes the charm of this sampler. APRS is a matter of taste: We like it or not.
The filter is nice.
Cote potato ... I find that the famous "big sound" of the S950 is more of a fantasy friendly as rel.

OVERALL OPINION

I use this sampler for 3 years.
What I like most is his cot old school and what I like less, well, everything.
Before the acqurir both Fidler AKAI I tried (and I've always) the S1000, and S2000 S3000XL. Without hsitation the S950 is the one I like least.
The report may vary qualitprix people who use it. For a young person today who wants to make her take such a machine quivaudrait report qualitprix ridiculous, but for someone accustomed to the old samplers this report can be good. I still have this machine only because of the reputable and it has nothing else. If s'tait again I do not think I would have invested money in this BCAN.
ferdji06/13/2008

ferdji's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai S950
You know all a.

UTILIZATION

It's that easy.
The stuff that takes my head is the order of samples that can change in the prog but it's hard.
The manual book of cool stuff to start small.

SOUNDS

The A / D and D / A are transparent? Not just Ben
But all dpend what you enter anything as usual.
Coupled a good table and qq stuff is good.

OVERALL OPINION

1997 or before I forget.

It is the possibility to choose the frquence of sampling. Sometimes good exprience.
I also other stuff.
In terms of price, 50 euros max if dropped. Must let rveurs lol
Today I n'achterais not this sampler. In 5 years can be.
granpulpo03/16/2005

granpulpo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai S950
C is an old school sampler, so very limited polyphony and memory (... but n is not the issue with this type of sampler). Similarly no effects and c is of 12 bits.
... Less is more ...

UTILIZATION

Simple simple simple ..
If its logic escapes you, hurry an IQ test ...
(Same if you find a more ergonomic roland S330 ...... to the wise ...)

SOUNDS

C is low-fidelity, c is cheap (the s 950 was at its output a low-end), but an extraordinary machine that n usurps his reputation.!
The sound that comes out of this machine is hot and dull.
a definite plus is the Possibility of determining the bandwidth of the sampling of rotting trash to clash just a bit of grain and gain momentum ... to ensure the card!
... Big names of hip-hop dj first kind to those in the dance genre fatboyslim, no error .. smashes it serious. (the kind of machine that will be worth 10 times its current price in 10 years when it's become untraceable .....)

OVERALL OPINION

J uses this machine for over three years, also has an e-mu SP12 turbo, 440 is a studio
quential circuit (something crazy !!!), and MPC3000 and can assure you that this machine serious slap!
it will not make a lot of things but put it a foot, a snare and a sample and it may well be that you start saving to buy another ................ .............