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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Petrus Ramdayal a professional user from Holland writes:
I had a Akai S6000, I throughed it away. It stinks!!! I bought a Emu 6400Ultra with full options. It sounds 10 times better than the akai S6000 will ever be! The low filters of the Akai S6000 are really thin! And on the hole range it sound pretty clean, but not fat enough like the Emu ultra samplers. The Akai S2800i/S2800 is the only Akai sampler I like. The analoge sounds are great on the Akai S2800i! The lowpas filters are better in the akai S2800 than in the S6000. Believe it or not! So if you want to buy a Akai sampler, buy a Akai S2800i, or even better, buy a Emu ultra sampler. Greetings from holland!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-13-2000 at 22:31
Nessym Guetat a professional user from Belgium writes:
I'm quite disapointed with the S6000. On one hand you have beautiful concept (a"remote" screen, an superb user interface,...). On the other hand you have an unfinished machine with lots of bugs and freezing (in OS 1.3 (although os 1.21 was better)), some features are still not implemented (e.g. portamento, or did you ever try to make a mono sound from a program with lots of samples ? The workaround is quite a "losing-time" stuff). I think that this is untolerable for a so called professional machine. I'm working on lots of musical projects from classical to techno, and I needed a sampler with ADAT outputs to connecet them to my Protools system. Now, that I know that the Emu's also have this option, I'm seriously thinking of resselling my Akai.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-14-2000 at 05:15
Alex Daniels a part-time user from USA writes:
Well it's been over a year since I posted the original info on the S6000, so I figured it was time for an update...

Akai is up to rev 1.30 on their operating system and as expected they've dealt with all of the bug/issues/complaints I've heard raised. V1.30 also adds significant funtionality also. Akai have extensive PDF's detailing each OS version's additional features and bug fixes. Only a handfull of manufacturers are brave enough to admit and list all their prior mistakes, so I have to give Akai full marks for handing things on the OS end after a shaky start. I've certainly got no reliability complaints.

In my orignal post I wrote that maybe Emu would come out with an E5 that meets the S6000 specs. Well they did announce the E5, except that it's a reboxing of the E4 hardware.. so maybe the E6 will see them using a non-propriatary disk format.

Yamaha have announced a new super duper sampler too, but again no Fat32 disk support. Oh well, I guess being able to make custom cd libraries with your cd-r isn't a priority to most ppl, but I like the idea personally. That and also running Norton Utilities on my samplers HD every now and then to make sure things are ok.

So over a year later, there seems to be nothing in sight that will equal the functionality of the Akai samplers. If you're in the market for a good hardware sampler, the S6000 and S5000 are as good as they get, in the present and in the foreseeable future.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-09-2000 at 01:02
funkmaster_T a part-time user from bay area writes:
yes, if you want reliability get an emu ultra. why are emu users reading reviews about the akai s6000? :-) some sort of envy i guess.

if you want a sampler that sounds great and has an awesome interface, get the akai. it's still the best sounding sampler for drums...tight and punchy. i have a 20 foot cord attached to the removable screen--very nice. let's see you try and do that on any other sampler. and expandable to 256 megs of ram which is massive for my purposes--i make minimal techno and experimental electronic music. of course if you're trying to replicate a full orchestra and a grand piano you can run out of ram quickly. then again you can use the virtual sample feature, which lets the akai play samples only limited by the size of the hard drive. i don't know if any other sampler has this feature, but it makes the akai somewhat giga-sampler-esque.

also have the eb20 effects processor installed. not the greatest sounding effects, but i didn't expect eventide quality for $320. that aside, having integrated effects in the multis is very convenient and i'm glad i have it.

next up is buying the adat expansion so that i can hook it up to the yamaha 01v. this would be a killer setup.

os 1.3 is stable but there are still some missing features. akai needs to implement pointers to samples instead of having multiple copies of the same sample in multis. and more features in managing samples would be nice. right now i'm using windows explorer to manage the internal hard drive in my s6000 so it's workable. and portamento needs to be added, but i haven't been hurting too much from this omission in the OS.

one thing i want is an emu-like modulation matrix. but i may just buy an emu for that purpose. i think akai would clean up the market if they would implement this...then the emu wouldn't have any real advantages over the akai.

since the OS is still "unfinished" i'm gonna give the s6000 a 3 for now. hopefully akai will start working on some needed features instead of simply putting out fires in the OS during 2000.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-24-1999 at 02:16
Aston Martinez a professional user from Switzerland writes:
I think the S 6000 is simply the best and most powerful sampler around. I have worked with Emu, Kurzweil, Roland as well as older Akai Samplers but the S 6000 is just so easy to use, it's like heaven. Also, the sound-quality is da bomb! Emu E4 series do have a more silky top-end while the S 6000 tends to be a bit agressive, but overall, there's nothing to beat this monster at the moment!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-20-1999 at 20:56
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