“There’s a big trend of people using vinyl crackle in electronic production when they don’t even own a piece of vinyl. When you hear a vinyl crackle in my tune, it’s usually because it’s come from vinyl. It goes back to the Jungle era; people like LTJ Bukem, Photek and Source Direct, all those records come from other records, through an Akai S1000, 2000 or 950 sampler. I like paying homage to the original production techniques that got me into this game in the first place.”more
> The MIRAGE had to be phased out almost immediately when we started touring. Too heavy, too awkward to load floppy disks on stage, too weird to trust, too outdated to repair quickly. So the **Akai S2000** entered the picture, a rack-mountable sampler to put our long loops and keyboard sounds on (we trigger it with a MIDI keyboard controller). So I re-sampled all the sounds from the MIRAGE on to the new sampler which sucked and for some reason it was hard to get them all trimmed right. The Akai S2000 compared to the MIRAGE is like a fighter jet vs. a rotary phone. It has so much more memory, more editing features and other crazy shit. Our rudimentary use of it as a sound bank for the keyboard doesn’t even scrape the surface of its immense brain! We basically use it as extra memory for the MPC when we have it maxed out, or to play keyboard parts live. And now we have drum pads to trigger its samples!more
In conjunction with my Akai MPK-49 this becomes my MPC-2000. Mine has maxed RAM, the 8 output board with S/PDIF, SCSI and an external hard drive. The MESA software is no longer available and was buggy when it used to be supported. The LED is tiny, but fails less often than it's big brother the S3000XL. You can get one for $100 and upgrade it from any of the MPC parts dealers. It's debatable whether or not hardware sampling is still worthwhile in a world where it is honestly much easier and more powerful to do it with software. You sort of need a super special edge case to want to do things this way, but it will load Akai S900, S1000 earlier sampler samples which abound, and the envelopes are very fast and snappy, so unlike many other sluggish samplers, it is well suited to drum hits. It functioned as a breakbeat and sample triggering box for me for many years and these days is mostly not used. I often debate whether I should upgrade it to a SD drive, with chopped and screwed mods, or just sell it, but the once in a blue moon use is still worth the $100 of value it would provide if I sold it, so it sits there awaiting it's next lark.
I love this thing, I've never understood why it got so much hate. It does everything I need it to do and more, I can just sample something into it, crunch it down, and it just sounds amazing, no matter what it is. The interface is a bit dodgy but in the end you just get used to it, it's a matter of adapting to it, I'd say in the end it doesn't take any longer than it would on any other sampler. Anyway, point is this thing is a brilliant sampler for the price, you get cyclic timestretch (along with the fancy shmancy intelligent timestretch), resampling, expandable memory, 44.1k max samperate and more. Personally I'd say these things are pretty much the 950s of today.