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The S612 was one of Akai's first professional rack-mount samplers, released back in 1985. Some of its features included 12-bit sampling from 4 to 32kHz with loop and truncate functions, an overdub function and mic or line input jacks. Internal memory is only 128KB which gives a maximum of 8 seconds sampling time at the lowest sampling rate available. An optional disk drive that features the quick disk (QD) 2.8 inch format is needed for permanent storage of samples. Only one sample is stored to each side of the disk.


AKAI S612 users... talk to me.

So what would this 2.0 operating system upgrade for the S612 offer exactly? Virtual Sounds Technology - Akai S-612 S612 Eprom Ver 2.0 software upgrade

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Why is no-one making hardware samplers these days? Comeback imminent?

...sample rates and bit depth. Give it a UI that you can interact with -- nothing beats the S-612's start and end sliders for fast and intuitive chopping and reversing on the fly. Give it a good MIDI spec so people can use it with sequencers. Give it CV...

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Akai S-612/MD-280 Reviving Quick Disk drives

...sound of 1985 is the bees knees. rockout Negative on that. Different sample formats, and the S-612 samples are different than the later Akais -- which became a standard that everyone else's samplers could load. The S-612's closest relative is the S-700/X-7000 and as far as I'm aware...

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