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Akai S1100 Love in the house Drum Machines & Samplers
Old 6th August 2014
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Akai S1100 Love in the house

just grabbed a slightly dingy S1100 from Craigslist. 10MB RAM, works good need to repair a few buttons using the double sided tape trick. Happy. The S1100's don't seem to come up often, not nearly as much as the S1000 so I paid more for it than a S1000.

This thing sounds exactly like what I was looking for. Old School 90's radio and MTV hit bliss. It just has that sound naturally- a little bit gritty, a mild mid presence, it just has the mojo. And overdriving the Pre sounds fantastic- no plug will sound exactly like it. I think my OTB collection is complete.
Old 7th August 2014
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... need to repair a few buttons using the double sided tape trick...
What trick is that?

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I think my OTB collection is complete.


Possibly my favourite reverb that. Playing internal sin through on board verb is just dulcet.
Old 7th August 2014
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What trick is that?





Possibly my favourite reverb that. Playing internal sin through on board verb is just dulcet.
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Great verb.. Very FSOL Also octave split is a classic effect.
Old 7th August 2014
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Great verb.. Very FSOL Also octave split is a classic effect.
I had heard it for years, but actually it was your demo here, that put me on to it as a serious verb option. Thanks for that! I ended up buy my S1100 from a friendly GS member too.
Old 7th August 2014
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I just opened up my sampler to replace a few buttons that have lost their springiness. The buttons in the S1000/S1100 are different than the ones inside the MPC youtube video I researched. It seems I'll need actual Akai replacement buttons instead of the double-sided tape trick that guy used to repair his MPC. Also, the faceplate buttons are mounted to the faceplate in the S-series using an epoxy and have to be gently pried off using a small flathead screwdriver. I already emailed mpchunter.com to see if they have buttons that will work. We'll see. There are 3 on my 1990 vintage unit that I want to replace. They all work but don't retract enough to feel comfortable to work with.

After my quick refurb of these buttons and a new backlight my old S1100 will be good as new.
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I had heard it for years, but actually it was your demo here, that put me on to it as a serious verb option. Thanks for that! I ended up buy my S1100 from a friendly GS member too.
Sorry, you misremembered, this demo isn't mine.

Old 7th August 2014
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Sorry, you misremembered, this demo isn't mine.

Oh, sorry, my mistake. I vaguely remembered this thread, where artech909's demo was posted, shortly after your championing of the S1100 verb.
Old 7th August 2014
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Here are some shots of inside the faceplate. I removed 3 buttons with a small flathead screwdriver. Next is to clean up the epoxy so new stuff can get a good bond. The PCB with the switches bolts firmly to the back of these switches so the epoxy would seem to be mainly for assembly. But I would think it would give that much more firmness to the switch action as well.




IMG_0273 by rockreid, on Flickr

IMG_0274 by rockreid, on Flickr

Here is a switch that has lost its springy-ness. There a two small plastic lever type springs that lose their mojo after 24 years.

IMG_0277 by rockreid, on Flickr
Old 10th August 2014
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another step in the restoration of this fine beast. I installed a new backlight and the screen is 100%. Easy fix. I'm expecting OS4.3 chips this week so I can eliminate the floppy and replace it with a SCSI CF card. What was once a 1990 relic gathering dust on a garage shelf will soon be making beats and sampling my synths at the heart of my setup.

I cleaned what appears to be spilled coffee or cola staining on the buttons and with a little graphite lube fixed them and they are all working great. Something sticky was keeping them from proper action. No new buttons needed.
Old 10th August 2014
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I have a post from when I got my 1100, the SCSI card didn't work. Turned out to be one single cold solder joint from the factory.... I gave up on it twice before thinking that it could just be something simple and looked over the card solder.

For your CF card adapter, I highly recommend the art mix options for these, they work great.
Old 10th August 2014
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I already emailed mpchunter.com .
MPChunter isn't a shop. His site is just info and links to sellers.
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