WHY an AKAI S900/S950 nowadays?

Not difficult to reply: its AD-DA converters. They have an unique character and even if they work at 12-bits the punch delivered is massive, and holes your mix easily. Its sound is really cool, I can browse 100 samples loading them into Kontakt or any other Vsampler and it's very difficult to find something not boring, not dull, not already heard. Put the same samples into the AKAI S900 and they start kicking and stimulating again. Maybe it's me? I bet most people hasn't been lucky enough to find out theirself...

More reasons:

Well a sampler is useful to load "side" sounds that don't need that much versatility, like some snare, hi-hats, or whatever, so one gets a few channel freed from the audio card. Not bad.

Can be used as an FX as described here: if you are lazy and you really need modern plugins' features you can run the final signal into it and get AKAI sound for any audio source. Nice. Very nice as a distortion unit also.

It can sound stupid, but sometimes take your head out of the monitor and program sounds on a LCD display can help you to distract a little and find new ways to do things. Different ideas emerge from different approaches. Tools are not only devices to develop already shaped ideas, they are also ways to shape new ideas...

This sounds like a 1986 commercial...;)

7 commenti:

Chewo ha detto...

WORD - in these days nothing rocks more than a good old 12bit punch in ur face!

Anonimo ha detto...

Ciao Italia!
Great post! Yes, it most likely has something to do with those AD-DA converters. Also, another thing to consider... The S900 & 950 are HUGE, HEAVY machines! Sounds going through all that circuitry will indeed be more interesting than something from a V-Sampler. I feel bad for these new kids that think REAL gear is a waste. The EXPERIENCE a person has while working with the gear can be very special and more importantly CONTRIBUTE to your song/production.

Great website!

KONEY ha detto...

True to the bone! Thanx for the comment, I really appreciate that kind of support!

martin ha detto...

Your blog is very good. I juste owned a S900 and many tips here.
Thanks again

Anonimo ha detto...

Thanks for your wonderful website! I just got my s900 and it makes you appreciate sampling back in the days. Using Vsts today is too easy. AS-900 has raw sound! AS-900 forever!

Anonimo ha detto...

Thanks for your wonderful website! I just got my s900 and it makes you appreciate sampling back in the days. Using Vsts today is too easy. AS-900 has raw sound! AS-900 forever!

Anonimo ha detto...

Ciao sono un produttore di musica hip hop stile anni 90 e sono indeciso sull'acquisto di un 950.
ci tengo a puntualizzare che lavoro via software, usando un MPD24 e una tastiera midi come controller.
Campiono da giradischi usb.
Mi hanno consigliato di prendere un 950 per completare il mio setup ma non vorrei pentirmene dato che spenderei più o meno 200/300 euro e i soldi non me li regala nessuno.
Me lo hanno consigliato sopratutto per i giri di batteria dicendomi che non c'è paragone con quello che potrei ottenere solo con FL Studio.
Non riesco a capire la differenza sostanziale tra un giro di batteria a 12 beat e uno a 24, e sono un po' scettico sulla possibilità di poter importare senza problemi e con velocità i miei kick snare e hihat dal pc