Excuse my ignorance when it comes to this but I'm just trying to get my head around this sampler business!
So I've bought myself a second-hand S-5000, but I'm far too lazy to start loading samples one-by-one into RAM etc so I was looking at getting one of the USB interface cards, as they seem to be the most intuitive means of using a an outboard sampler in the present day. However, looking into this raised three main questions for me:
1) Why the hell are they so expensive!? As far as I can see its just a tiny circuit board with a USB port in it. It surprises me that nobody has thought to make a bunch of them and sell them on for cheap(er). It seems strange considering the software is freeware too. Anyway...
2) Would it be possible to bypass the need to add the expansion card by using a SCSI to USB converter like the one here: Ratoc USB 2.0 to Ultra SCSI Converter, Synchrotech
has anybody tried this? I'd love to know if the ak.sys software can recognise the sampler using the adapter.
3) What the best alternative to using a USB interface is. I guess I was thinking about Zip drives, but that means if I'm using a Mac I would have to load the samples onto each disk from one drive and then play them in the sampler using another drive. correct? That sounds like a pain in the arse to me... despite the idea of having a zip disk for each project being slightly appealing to me in a retro kind of way!
Again, sorry for my ignorance. I hope my questions aren't too misinformed! I just resent paying another 150 squid just to get me started with my new toy... Someone help!?!