S3000XL Professional Stereo Digital Sampler
The World Standard for Professional Digital Sampling
For over a decade, in major recording studios, in post-production
facilities, in project studios and in the hands of individual creative artists
all over the world, the "S" Series samplers from Akai have consistently
established the standard for professional digital sampling. Now, Akai introduces
the S3000XL, a new sampler that adds powerful new capabilities, new ease-of-use,
new expandability and amazing new affordability to the "S" Series.
New Functions of S3000XL
The latest generation of the "S" Series samplers adds
power,flexibility and expandability. Incorporating all the capabilities
that have made the S3000 series the world standard for professional sampling,
the new S3000XL adds features like a powerful MultiMode for ease of layering
and multitimbral sequencing. Like a Multi-effects card that provides four
independent channels of studio-quality digital effects. Like RAM expansion
with readily available SIMMs. Like optional Flash Memory boards that allow
you to store your favorite programs, ready to play immediately upon power-up.
Akai's new Multi Mode makes it easier than ever to set up your
sampler for multitimbral sequencing. A Multi setup provides 16 "parts,"
each of which can be assigned a different Program and can be set to respond
to a different MIDI channel. Each part also has its own Level, Pan, Tuning,
Transposition, Output Routing and Effects Send (with EB16 Multi-effects
processor board). This allows one Program to be optimized in different ways
for different sequences without the need to copy and modify the original
Program. Each part can also be assigned a Voice Priority (Low, High, Norm
or Hold). In the event that a complex sequence exceeds the sampler's polyphony,
this lets you ensure that important parts are never "stolen" by
less important parts.
Most importantly, Multi Mode allows you to edit the Multi setup while a
sequence is running, so you can immediately hear the effect of any changes
in the context of all of the parts.
The S3000XL allows the installation of Akai's new EB16 (SampleVerb
in the US) Multi-effects processor. The EB16 is a true four-channel, studio-quality
effects processor which offers two multi-effects channels with up to six
simultaneous effects each and two additional reverb channels.
The multi-effects channels provide distortion, EQ, ring modulation, a choice
of modulation effects that includes chorus, phasing, flanging, pitch shifting
and rotary speaker emulation, as well as echo/delay and reverb. The reverb-only
channels add two additional reverbs for a total of four independent reverbs.
All EB16 effects are extensively editable and custom multi-effects configurations
can be stored in 50 effects presets. An additional 50 presets are reserved
just for reverbs.
Although the EB16 can add spectacular effects to single programs, its true
power becomes evident when it is used in Multi Mode. Here it is configured
as four processors, each with its own effects bus. Each Multi Mode part
can be routed, with its own independent send level, to one of the processors.
In this way, an entire multitimbral composition, complete with mix and effects,
can be executed entirely in the digital domain and routed through the digital
outputs directly to DAT or to an Akai digital disk recorder. With the EB16,
the S3000XL truly functions as a digital studio in a single box.
Flexible envelope generators combine with resonant filters for versatile
In program editing, you can assemble your samples for playback.
When you do, you can split a keyboard into a number of "keygroups"
and allocate up to four samples to a keygroup for effects such as layering,
velocity switching and fading and stereo sample playback. Overlapping and
crossfading makes transition from one keygroup to another smooth and natural.
In a keygroup, the sample may be passed through resonant filters for tonal
modification to create a sound similar to an analogue synthesizer. Moreover,
the S3000XL can be equipped with a second LSI which includes other types
of resonant filters such as High Pass, Band Pass, Low Pass, etc. With this
LSI, you can create some very interesting synth sounds.
You can also apply modulation from two LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators)
with three waveforms (triangle, sawtooth and square), for vibrato, tremolo
and filter modulation. Mono legato emulates the styling and phrasing of
solo instruments such as flute and oboe, to give each sample more expressive
power. It also replicates a monosynth bass and leadlines.
In addition to a standard ADSR envelope generator (ENV1), there is a second
(ENV2) with eight rate and level parameters. Together they permit fine tuning
in creating new sounds as well as old classic sounds. For your convenience,
there are a total of 25 preset envelope templates which you can directly
access and fine adjust if need be. They include Piano, Electronic Organ,
Strings/Vox, Brass, Short Percussion, Dry\Drum, Synth Bass, Invert Filter,
Swell Attack, Rise Release, etc.
APM: flexible manipulation of acoustic samples
APM (Assignable Program Modulation) lets you choose any modulation
source (mod-wheel, pitch bend, aftertouch, velocity, key position, LFO1,
LFO2, envelope 1, envelope 2, definable external MIDI controller) to any
control input (filter cut off frequency, LFO rate, LFO depth, amplitude,
pitch and pan position). This adds to the flexibility when editing samples
of acoustic instruments. For example, you can route the modwheel to open
the filter in a brass program for swells and growls. And you can route aftertouch
to control the panning's LFO speed to emulate the sound of a rotary speaker
speeding up and slowing down in a classic rock organ sound.
Direct recording on hard disk
With the S3000XL, you can directly record and playback a sample
on a hard disk or MO disk.
The random access capability of a hard disk comes in handy especially when
editing samples. You can easily and precisely trim the start and end of
a sample, while varying the speed and making copies of disk recordings.
In addition, playback can be triggered from MIDI note-ons (ideal for 'spinning
in' those long backing vocals or sax solos over your sequenced MIDI parts)
or, alternatively, you can chain recordings to play sequentially to create
an extended (or shortened!) remix. Moreover, both sampled data and direct
recordings can coexist on the disk side by side.
New options ready to expand with your needs
As powerful as the "S" Series samplers are in their
basic configurations, they have been designed to be expanded to meet the
requirements of many specific applications. The S3000XL can be expanded
with the EB16 (SampleVerb in the US) Multi-Effects processor, the IB-304F
(ProFilter in the US) Filter Bank and up to 16 MB of Flash Memory. The S3000XL
can additionally be equipped with an internal 524MB hard drive.
S3000XL RAM memory expansion
The following are the possible S3200XL RAM configurations:
[ S3000XL specs ]
Standard memory (on board): 2 MB + Slot 1: 4 MB + Slot 2: 0 MB = 6 MB Total
Standard memory (on board): 2 MB + Slot 1: 4 MB + Slot 2: 4 MB = 10 MB Total
Standard memory (on board): 2 MB + Slot 1: 16 MB + Slot 2: 0 MB = 18 MB
Standard memory (on board): 2 MB + Slot 1: 16 MB + Slot 2: 4 MB = 22 MB
Standard memory (on board): 2 MB + Slot 1: 16MB + Slot 2: 16 MB = 32 MB
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