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Description

The S950 is an upgraded S900 increasing the sampling rate to 48kHz and the internal RAM capacity to 2.25MB (unlike the S900 its stock 750KB RAM was upgradable), and adding such functions as cross-fade looping, and pre-trigger recording. It offers 12 bit sampling and 8 voice polyphony. Compared to the S900 the disk drive now takes both HD and DD disks. The S950 also adds a time-stretch function, an optional trigger-to-MIDI interface the ME35T, and a 13-pin Voice output plug (the same that is on the S612) for external processing of it's voices. The frontpanel and controls are identical to the S900.

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Old Akais are sexy - the ultimate Akai thread

No advice, just envy :) Have fun with the S950, it's a piece of history.

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Happy with your setup? What lessons have you learned?

...sampling in Ableton made me actively use it again, too. Cost of learning this lesson: Yamaha A4000, E-mu ESI 4000, Akai S950. Solution: Ableton Simpler, Sampler, Kontakt. Light matters. For me, it does. I want everything to be visible. I can't work in a badly lit room even though it has neat RGB LEDs. Do: warm LEDs....

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s950 vs. s900

The S900 is better for drums and basses. It sounds more precise/defined, the S950 is a little more jittery. The difference in sample rate itself is meaningless from a practical standpoint. The trigger interface is useless, timing is worse than via MIDI, and it actually is serial just like MIDI. The S950 can save...

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