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Akai S3200


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Akai S3200

Category:  Products / samplers / akai samplers

Added: 09-May-99  |  Author: admin

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Akai S3200

After the S1000 & S1100 came the first 3000 series, (without the XL suffix)... and the S3200 was the top dog of the series....

All the Akai ranges offer/ed a top model that comes fitted with all the gubbins to drop straight into an AV production suite.... and the 3200 was it....coming in like the S1100 before it with the direct to h/d recording option fitted & the option to fit either a 3.5" hard-drive or a magneto-optical drive for storage.... Smpte read/write, AES/EBU & s/pdif all as standard meant that this machine could be used to build a smpte cue list of samples, dialog, sound fx, music & h/d audio, and play it all back to the cue points of the smpte code.....So it could jump right into the job without any additional stuff needed...

For your purposes of gettin some dance toons together, the 3200 is now a good s/h contender to the newer pricier units on the market.... offering decent poly & ram, balanced XLR L/R in/out as well as the normal 1/4" un-balanced L/R in/out.... and also 8 polyphonic outs for assigning different parts to dedicated outputs....It even has the limited FX board as standard & the additional hi-pass/lo-pass/band-pass filter as standard too

A great sampler... a little dated in terms of polyphony compared to the latest monster units knocking around now, but a VERY good option s/h to say a new S2000 and plenty enuff poly & memory for dance work.....

Make sure if you are chasing an S3200 or any of the first S3000 series s/h, that it has the full memory fitted (32mb) or as much as you need....This 3000 series was the last to use the special Akai sample-ram boards as opposed to the cheap standard simms that followed......you can still get the boards but they are like 250-300 quid each for 8mb !!...., and when they do come up s/h (which is rare) they are usualy expensive compared to simms... so watch that one.....

So..... The S3200 ... here's the spec's....

Sampling System 16 bit linear
Sampling Rates 44.1 kHz / 22.05 kHz
Memory 8 MB (standard) / 32 MB (expanded)
Polyphony 32 voices
Maximum Samples 255
Maximum Programs 254
Recording Gain HI = -58 dBm / MID = -38 dBm / LOW = -18 dBm
Filters Digital moving low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance)
Digital moving hi-/band-/low-pass filter (-12 dB/octave with resonance)
Envelope Generators 2 (1 multi-stage)
LFOs 2
Hard Disk Recording Provided
Effects Echo/Chorus/Pitch Shift/Delay/Reverb
Display Back-lit 40 x 8 characters (640 x 240 dots)
Help Pages Provided
Storage Devices 3.5-inch 2HD/2DD floppy disk
3.5-inch hard disk (optional) internally mountable
3.5-inch MO disk drive (optional) internally mountable
Standard Inputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (balanced) x 2
Standard Outputs XLR (balanced) x 2, 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 2
Assignable Outputs 1/4-inch phone jack (unbalanced) x 8
Headphones 1/4-inch stereo phone jack x 1
Footswitch 1/4-inch phone jack x 1
MIDI DIN-5P IN x 1, OUT x 1, THRU x 1
SCSI Provided
AES/EBU Digital In/Out Provided
SMPTE Reader/Generator Provided

Ok...... a tasty s/h treat... let's have a few user comments please....

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Product:  Akai - S3200
Name: Burned
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Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 10-Apr-03

This thing has the kick-ass ultra-punchy sound of the "old" AKAIs combined with some realtime controllable resonant filters for a bargain.
Highly recommended for all folks who can remember the C-64 yet demand high quality sound.

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Product:  Akai - S3200
Name: Rick Lomas
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Activity: Professional
Date: 13-Apr-09

I've had my Akai S3200 in storage for the last 5 years. I was using it as a central part of my Active Loop Zone band I had in the 90's, but in 2001 I moved to France and just had no space, infact the first 2 years we lived in a caravan! However recently I just built a big garden shed, more of a 20sqm chalet really I suppose, so now I have some room to rebuild my studio.

Unfortunately I was really disappointed when I couldn't make my Korg 01/Wfd work properly (no sound coming out) but it still triggers MIDI, so I hooked it up to my Akai S3200 and even just messing around with the sawtooth wave and the filters, it came flooding back. Those Akai samplers just sound completely ACE! I always reckoned the Active Loop Zone sound was predominantly Akai, but now I know for sure!

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Product:  Akai - S3200
Name: Luis
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Date: 30-Aug-13

Hello , not meeting Akai S3200 manual , I need this specifically , not the Akai
S3200xl ( not equal ) . thanks for all , greetings

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