Akai S1000 Series Operator's Manual

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Introduction Copyright notice The AKAI S1000 is a computer-based instrument, and as such contains and uses software in ROMs and disks. This softwar

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Introduction WARNING Power requirements for electrical equipment vary from area to area. Please ensure that your S1000 meets the power requirements

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Introduction As the colours of the wires in the flex may not correspond to the colour markings in your plug, make sure that wires are connect in the

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Introduction FUR KUNDEN IN DER BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND Bescheinigung von AKAI Hiermit wird bescheinigt, daB das Gerdt AKAI S1000 / HD / PB in

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Introduction Features The AKAI S1000 is a high-quality digital sampler. With a sampling rate of 44.1kHz, and 16-bit resolution, the S1000 is capabl

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Introduction matically loaded in response to MIDI Program Change commands. The SCSI interface may also be used for fast transmission of sample data

Page 8 - About this Manual

Introduction Glossary Every new technology invents its own terms to describe new techniques. Digital music is no exception, unfortunate

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Introduction Keygroup The term for a collection of a number of parameters of up to four samples - their name, keyspan, filtering, envelopes, etc.

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Introduction Sample Usually in the manual, the word sample will refer to a sound which has been recorded, digitized and edited, and can then be a

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Introduction Volume As well as being the output level from the S1000, volume has another meaning a collection of programs, samples and drum setting

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AKAI S1000 Series Software Version 2.0 Manual for S1000, S1000HD, S1000PB

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Introduction Front panel controls This section describes the function of the controls on the front panel, and the general principles of operating

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Introduction S1000PB front panel Though the S1000 is a highly sophisticated sampler, you may feel that there are surprisingly few controls. However

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Introduction Insert the disk with the metal shutter first, and the label to the right Insert the disk until it clicks into place. To eject a disk, p

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Introduction MAKING A COPY OF YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM DISK If you destroy the data on any Operating System disk supplied as a future upgrade, this

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Introduction REC GAIN (not S1000PB) This is a 3-position slider switch (LOW, MID, HIGH) used for matching the level of the input source to the reco

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Introduction "Function" (blue on white). A soft key legend like this means that pressing the appropriate button will bring up another pa

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If you turn the DATA knob more than ten clicks, of course, the value of the whole parameter will be incremented or decremented by the number of cl

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Introduction Pressing a number on the number keypad will enter that number at the rightmost highlighted position and move the cursor one position f

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Introduction OPTION This button is currently unimplemented. In line with the "open" design of the S1000, future updates to the operating s

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Audio OUTPUT connections There are ten audio connectors provided (all unbalanced 1/4" phone). The simplest way to connect the S1000 to a mixer o

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Introduction HEADPHONES OUT (not S1000PB) A stereo headphone socket is provided on the back panel of the S1000 series except the S1000PB (where it

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Introduction Setting up the S1000 This short section tells you how to get the S1000 "up and running" fast. For full details of other opera

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Sampler functions 2 Sampler functions This section deals with the sampler functions of the S1000. If you are unfamiliar with the terminology used by

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Sampler functions SELECT PROG Unlike a synthesizer, you cannot play the S1000 straight away - you must load samples, keygroups and programs from di

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Sampler functions This is where your creativity comes in. The hard work of assembling a string section in a top studio and recording them playing o

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Sampler functionsSampler functionsSampler functionsSampler functions Play response From the main SELECT PROG page, press the RESP button. This a

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Page 29Version 2.0 89/11 Sampler functions The "keyrange" of this program is the next setting. The high and low points may b

Page 32 - Setting up the S1000

Sampler functions Note- If you delete a program from memory, make sure that you really do not Need that program in the future, or that you h

Page 33 - 2 Sampler functions

Sampler functions The other option, P+S , allows you to load a program and all associated samples (free memory permitting). To do this, highlight

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Sampler functions Recording samples NOTE for S1000PB users: The following sections do not apply to the S1000PB. Please ignore these sections, and

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Sampler functions button will delete the sample from memory. When you press the DEL, button, you will be prompted to either GO ahead with the oper

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Sampler functions Under the "monitor" parameter is a message telling you how much memory is free, both as a number of 16-bit words, and a

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Sampler functions ED.1 Enters the first sample editing page. ED:2 Enters the second sample editing page. DIGI When fitted with the option

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Sampler functions tim: (time) (Time) Again, you can choose the total amount of time for your new sample. This field can be set to the nearest one-h

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Version 2.0 89/11Page 37Sampler function Press the SAVE button and select CURSOR ITEM ONLY for "type of save:”. Then move the cursor over the

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Sampler functions Editing samples This is where things really start to get interesting. From the main EDIT SAMPLE page, press the ED.1 button to ge

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Sampler functions To further assist you, there are a number of soft keys assigned which are also found in other pages. This is a good time to exa

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Sampler functions LOOP: First select the loop number that you want to set (top left). Unless you set the loop time to HOLD, loops will be repeated i

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::::: Sampler functions lgth: (length) The actual length of the looped portion (as opposed to the length of time that the loop will repeat) is set

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Sampler functions As well as the level being the same, the overall direction of the two curves (as shown in the right side of the display) should

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Sampler functions JOIN This page (accessed by pressing the JOIN button from the TRIM page) allows cutting, mixing or joining samples or p

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Sampler functions You can adjust the relative volumes of A and B by +25dB, using the "scale" parameters. However, if you put these too hig

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Sampler functions .: The next parameter allows you to alter the original pitch at which the sample was recorded, so that when you replay it on the

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Page 46 Version 2.0 89/11 Sampler functions Select the sample to be stretched on the top line of the page, and then move down a line to select the pa

Page 51 - Sampler functions

Sampler functions The next parameter to set up is the time factor by which the original sample is to be stretched (from 25% to 2000%). As this is a

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Sampler functions First select the sample to be re-sampled using the DATA knob or the + / < and - / > buttons. You cannot resample a sample t

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Sampler functions functions functions functions SELECT SAMPLE (S1000PB only) NOTE: This section applies to the S1000PB only. If you are using a

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Sampler functions The next setting, NO LOOPING, does what its name suggests - it plays the sample through without loops for as long as the key is h

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Version 2.0 89/11 Page 51Sampler functions EDIT PROG When you press the EDIT PROG button, you are now in the PROGRAM EDIT main page. This is where

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Table of Contents - iiiVersion 2.0 89/11

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Sampler functions To save you work when editing a program with a large number of keygroups, the next parameter allows you to specify whether editi

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Sampler functions SPAN The SPAN button allows you to set the keyspan of any keygroups in the program. On the left of this page are up to four diagr

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Sampler functions FILTER The FILTER page (FILT) allows you to apply a 18dB/octave low-pass filter to modify the sound of samples within a keygroup

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Sampler functions "env-2 >pitch" allows the pitch of the samples in this keygroup to be altered according to the values of the second

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Sampler functions The "key >DEC&REL" parameter (+50 to -50) allows you to control the amount by which the key position affects th

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Version 2.0 89/11 Page 57The neat parameter is "xfd" (crossfade) which may be either ON or OFF. If ON, any note which has a velocity which

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Page 58 Version 2.0 89/11 Sampler functions remain at the constant pitch of the edited sample, no matter what key is pressed, This can be useful if

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Sampler functions is the same as the ED.2 PLAY TO SAMPLE END. The ability to reset the playback: parameters of a sample allows you a lot of flexi

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Sampler functions NOTE that the channel on which Program Change information is received may be selected in the MIDI mode to be OMNI or any other ch

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Sampler functionsThe next parameter allows you to set the overall volume of the program (00 to 99) relative to any other programs being played. The

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Sampler functions "ster . pan" controls the overall pan position of the program in the stereo image, interacting with the individual pan

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Page 63Version 2.0 89/11Sampler functions The depth of the pitch modulation LFO can be affected by three real-time performance parameters: the modu

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MIDI 3 MIDI The MIDI mode allows you to setup various parameters relating to the S1000. Of course, MIDI receive channels, etc, can be set up from

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MIDI FILT This is another filter, but this one has no effect on the sound. Instead, it filters out specific MIDI information. When you enter this

Page 72 - BASIC MIDI

MIDI This page (accessed with the PPMs button), has no parameters. Instead, it provides a real-time display of all Note On information received on

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MIDI MIDI data dumps Samples can be transferred between the S1000 and other samplers via MIDI. If you do this, you must make a MIDI loop (MIDI OUT

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MIDI There is no receive key, as reception of bulk data will automatically take place once a remote device initiates the dump protocol SCSI This o

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Disk operations 4 Disk operations The DISK button allows you to perform a number of disk-related operations, over and above those which you can per

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Disk operations The parameter under the "type of load:-" message can take a number of values. These are described below. When you have se

Page 77 - Disk operations

Disk operations Auto-loading If you turn on the S1000 with a diskette in the drive, the contents of the disk will be loaded into memory. If the d

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Introduction 1 Introduction We at AKAI, and in particular the S1000 series development team, would like to thank you for buying a model of the Akai

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Disk operations 3) Disk volumes have a limit to the number of files which may be stored on them (samples, programs, drum settings, etc). It is unli

Page 80 - to view files on disk and

Disk operations When you have entered the new name, press VOL to rename the volume (or diskette), or highlight a file with the CURSOR knob, and pr

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Disk operations Version 2.0 89/11 Page 74 When using the IB-103 interface board, SCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface) numbers may be from 0 to 7, a

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Disk operations PARK is a very important operation if you have a hard disk fitted, and should be performed every time you end a session with a S100

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Page 76 Version 2.0 89/11 Disk operations 4014byte hard disk Partition size as indicated on display 301.lbytes 40Mbytes 5014bytes 60mbytes Partiti

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MASTER TUNE 5 MASTER TUNE The MASTER TUNE button accesses a few basic jobs, primarily concerned with tuning. Tuning and transposing The 51000


MASTER TUNE SOFT This page contains two parameters which affect the way when a "soft pedal" (MIDI controller 67) is depressed, and a Note

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6 DRUM The S1000 is capable of acting as a highly sophisticated percussion synthesizer, using the AKAI ME-35T audio/MIDI trigger interface unit to

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Version 2.0 89/11 Page 80 DRUM ALL inputs may be globally edited to rough values, and then individual (1-8) inputs may be selected for fine adjustm

Page 88 - , allows you to set up MIDI

APPENDICES APPENDICES The following pages contain information that, while not essential to the operation of the S1000, nonetheless may be useful as


Introduction WARRANTY AKAI Electric Co. Ltd warrants its products, when purchased from an authorized AKAI dealer, to be free from defects in mater

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Version 2.0 89/11 Page 82 MODE 1: Omni On, Poly MODE 3: Omni On, Mono MODE 2: Omni Off, Poly MODE 4: Omni Off, Mono *1 Full details of System Ex

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APPENDICES S1000 PROGRAM CHART (!'his chart is provided as an example of how to record the program settings you create for the S1000. Feel fre

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DRUM buttonE EDIT PROG button EDIT SAMPLE button Editing numbers Effect END/RETURN Effects Connections Programs EGrelease rate sad Note Off EG r

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INDEX Keygroups Keyrsnge Keys Kepapan L LCD display 17 Sample display 38 Zooming in and out 39 LFO 10 Pan position 62 Pitch desync 63 Progr

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INDEXVersion 2.O 89/11 Index - iiiSample coherence 62Sample level 68 Selecting program 26 Selecting samples 67 Sustain of sound during program c

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Index - iv Version 2.0 89/11INDEX volume (memory) 12 W Warranty 2 Z Zooming in

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