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 Post subject: akai s20: slept on so hard!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:03 am 
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I've been using this thing since I was 16 and there is really nothing like it. it is the perfect companion to an sp

I run my table into the s20 and do some pitching and more intricate looping and editing plus the dope reverse button and then sample that into the sp.

these things are cheap. they use floppies. but if your just using it as a front end for pitch and looping then you don't need to save anything


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:15 am 
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alutations fromthe akai remix 16, the brother of the s20, more dj oriented and bigger indeed (that's why for its dimensions is haven't a fix place for it in my studio...in reality i haven't a real studio...), used live it's completely best: the sound really kills (somewhere near the akai s-3000). and, as you said for the s20, it's got his utility in a studio too.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:15 pm 
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is a good bit of gear, like you said well cheap aswell. got mine for 40quid. haven't used it in a while so i may have to bust it back out (not boxed up, jus unplugged!).

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I've been lookin for that machine for month now... Hard to find over here. If it's really that cheap ima grab one 4 shure...

Floppys?! :lol: Dope... just found a sealed 10pack yestersay...


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:17 am 
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The S20 was my first real sampler, I had it and a DR-202. Those old Akai's have a really good sound.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:00 pm 
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yeah this thing has an amazing sound. warm and punchy and when you down convert with the resample it gets real raw, sounds like a sega genisis.

yo wax there is one on eBay right now.

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u.s. ebay I guess...?! Def. not a place for me...


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I see one in Toronto for 80 bucks Canadian... 100 bucks US? is it worth it?

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...that would be around 67€... :shock: *getitgetitgetitgetitgetitgetitgetit*
The last one on german ebay went easily above 120€...


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one s20 (120€)and one remix16 (100€) here in france.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:52 pm 
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ellaguru wrote:
one s20 (120€)and one remix16 (100€) here in france.

european ebay might be an opportunity... but well I'm patient... it's more like a collectors item than a beat machine I need for survival...


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:55 am 
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us eBay ain't all bad. as a matter of fact I've been using it since it started and was only "burned" once on an as-is s900. but I used it to repair my other s900 so it was all good.

but anyway those are all good prices.

it is kind of a collectors item but you'll get hooked on it's speed and simplicity. if your crazy about having really nice pads then you may want to couple it with an mpd as it has plastic buttons.

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I wonder how useful nowadays those machines really are. I mean, 30 seconds mono sound and 15 stereo on the Remix16, how does that work for you guys?

Do these kinds of old school machines have a 'one beat at a time' usage?

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 Post subject: Re: akai s20: slept on so hard!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:46 pm 
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PHeMoX wrote:
I wonder how useful nowadays those machines really are. I mean, 30 seconds mono sound and 15 stereo on the Remix16, how does that work for you guys?

Do these kinds of old school machines have a 'one beat at a time' usage?


he s20 and the remix16 are however expandable to 16mb i think.
anyway i bought my remix16 in 1996, it was my second sampler (1 week before i bought the yamaha su10, but soon after i returned it at the shop. curiously i re-bought it 1 month ago after 15 years :) ....) and it is without expansion. the good thing for me is the live aspect: sample and loop on the fly; the pitch and the loop point are the main strenght thing and the mute group too. but no banks, no fx, no metronome, only a primitive 4 tracks sequencer to get ideas (not that unuseful ideed)...but , hey, it was the '96...
as a sound module is not bad, 'cause it got a real straight sound. the "s series" akai sound...maybe close to the s-3000...
i remember many parties mixing only with a cd player and the remix16 grooving and sampling all night long...what days...

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 Post subject: Re: akai s20: slept on so hard!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:30 pm 
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it's not like a modern sampler. I can keep whole songs bounced down to one pad on my 505.

the s20 is a great sampler that will force you to think minimal. although it has the same voice amount as a 606.

you can save more than one instance of 16 pads to a disk. it just depends on how lofi you get.

but I'm advocating it's use as a front end for pitching and sample end point looping and applying release to then be sampled into an sp.

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