If I remember corectly the original sample libraries contained rather lame sets of sounds
- you know, a cheap sounding piano, some basses, a few random synth sounds, string brass
sounds - to be honest, probably not worth bothering with.
The original sample
libraries of the Fairlight Series I/II and Emulator are much more interesting imo, if you
want sounds with character. Even the Roland S-Series libraries are better sounding and
more usable. In short, those Akai's are probably not characterful enough to enjoy, and not
good enough quality to use well - they fall in the rather bland and forgettable middle,
I do remember a while back Akai put a massive library of samples on
their FTP site which contained a random grab bag of stuff.
If you are just
talking about third-party stuff, there were a *ton* of S1000-format libraries out there...
you can probably still buy many of them from the usual sample producer/companies.... Ilio
still sell Akai format CD-ROM's, for instance...
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Edited by desmond (29/01/13 10:13 PM)