Legendary old akai samples?
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20th May 2013
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Legendary old akai samples?

On my search to find japanese samples, 3 people have said to me when I ask them about it

"Oh back in the day I had some old Akai samples, sounded great, they had a ton of japanese stuff"

Similarly when discussing samples orchestral sounds and their realism with my college tutor, he too piped up with "back in the 90's early 2000's, I had these amazing old akai samples, people were asking me who the violinist was, and when I said it was me on the key board they were shocked!"

I've heard allot about akai and their old samples which sounded amazing, so where did they all go?

If someone could point me in the right direction I'd be very grateful, I really want to try these out!


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21st May 2013
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Back in the old days, everything was better! Cars were better, weather was better, and definitely people were better.

Truth is, it all sounded amazing for people who has never heard gigasampler piano, not to mention NI stuff, and all software instruments we have today. "Jurasic Park" was considered absolutely realistic then.
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The effects in Jurassic Park are still crushing the special effects of movies out today. Sometimes, older IS better.
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Which is precisely my point. Apparently these old samples topped allot of todays stuff.
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The effects in Jurassic Park are still crushing the special effects of movies out today. Sometimes, older IS better.

I remember how I watched JP when it was released for the first time, and I know how I'm watching it today (I mean the original version). It's not a killer, at least for me.
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Which is precisely my point. Apparently these old samples topped allot of todays stuff.
So either many people have them but keep it in secret, because that way they are ahead of everybody else in their production quality, or nobody (even on this respected worldwide forum) has them, regardless of their quality, because they vanished. Somehow I doubt it, that's all.
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So either many people have them but keep it in secret, because that way they are ahead of everybody else in their production quality, or nobody (even on this respected worldwide forum) has them, regardless of their quality, because they vanished. Somehow I doubt it, that's all.

Doubt what? Their existence?
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I doubt they are better then anything that came out later, and are kept in secret. I doubt that Hans Zimmer is secretly using string samples from Akai.
Back in the 80's Frank Zappa tricked audience of some contemporary music festival, with synclavier arrangement, and string quartet pretending on stage, but it doesn't mean, synclavier samples (although usable) are better then what we use today.
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I doubt they are better then anything that came out later, and are kept in secret. I doubt that Hans Zimmer is secretly using string samples from Akai.
Back in the 80's Frank Zappa tricked audience of some contemporary music festival, with synclavier arrangement, and string quartet pretending on stage, but it doesn't mean, synclavier samples (although usable) are better then what we use today.
It wasn't the fact that they were said to be really good that much, its how exotic instruments seemed readily available.

As I said I asked someone where I could find a sampled Koto on FutureProducers.com
They all mentioned the old Akai samples.
I've NEVER seen any Japanese instruments on the market today, and the ones that do exist come as part of a package like East West quantum that costs a bomb.


P.S, I don't know of any sampled strings that could fool an entire audience in todays tech. Non of them sound like a real orchestra to me.
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I have an Akai floppy that came with my 3000 series sampler with a few excellent samples I would love to use again, but the floppy disk that they are on is broken-- the disk will not load. (The floppy drive works fine.)

This could be a good thread-- too bad there (I guess) is no archive of these old Akai samples. There are indeed some beauties in there.
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Yeah, I misunderstood "japanese samples" a bit. So it's not exactly that they are better but rather that they are at all. If you haven't been there yet, try at DISCOVERY SOUND | DISCOVERY DOWNLOADER : Sample Cds, Cd Samples, Sound Libraries, Akai Files, Rex Files, Reason Samples you can get "koto", and "shamisen" DVD-discs or separate loops
you could also try World Samples
there should be at least shamisen, and taiko drums.
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I'll check that out, cheers for the help mate
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I have an Akai floppy that came with my 3000 series sampler with a few excellent samples I would love to use again, but the floppy disk that they are on is broken-- the disk will not load. (The floppy drive works fine.)

This could be a good thread-- too bad there (I guess) is no archive of these old Akai samples. There are indeed some beauties in there.


Sucks they seem to be lost in time.

Maybe somebody else will tune in that knows if there's any where to find them.

I've posted something similar on FutureProducers.com too, so there might be somebody on there that knows.

I'll tell everyone on this thread if I find anything, like you , I bet a few people would be interested in this
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