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Akai S900/S950 sound libraries

Postby Rutger Verberkmoes » Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:47 am

For vintage sampler enthousiasts: recently I made back-ups of my 30 year old floppy disks of the SL5000 and PSL9000 Akai sound libraries for the S900 and S950 samplers. Some disks had damaged sectors, so it was about time to preserve these sounds (I couldn't find them anywhere online). After creating and writing the floppy images, the disks load again! I made back-ups in 4 different formats: DD floppy, HD floppy, SCS2SD (S1000 format) and EXS24 for lading into Logic Pro and compatible soft samplers.
The libraries can be downloaded here:
http://httprutgerverberkmoes.com/?page_id=3713
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Re: Akai S900/S950 sound libraries

Postby desmond » Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:50 pm

Cool, thanks for doing this, it's always good to recover and archive old sampler libraries where possible, and there's not a lot of the early pre-S1000 Akai library content around...
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Re: Akai S900/S950 sound libraries

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:32 pm

Yes, well done Rutger!

I had quite a collection of floppy disks for my Akai S2800i back in the day, and loved their quality/size ratio.


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Re: Akai S900/S950 sound libraries

Postby desmond » Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:37 pm

Martin Walker wrote:I had quite a collection of floppy disks for my Akai S2800i back in the day, and loved their quality/size ratio.

A lot of Akai's later library, for the S1xxx and early MPC's, they put online and downloadable for all in the early 2000s via FTP - I still have that stuff on my sample drive somewhere. But the earlier stuff was never put online, so it's really down to the efforts of people with vintage gear and any libraries to convert them and archive them online if it's going to be preserved...
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Re: Akai S900/S950 sound libraries

Postby N i g e l » Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:05 pm

Thanks for that !
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My old hardware sampler was an EMU so I shall have fun exploring the Akai sounds with EXS24 format on the PC.
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Re: Akai S900/S950 sound libraries

Postby MOF » Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:30 pm

I went to Akai (near Heathrow airport at the time) to copy their S1000 library onto floppy disks. Since then I’ve put them all into EXS24.
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Re: Akai S900/S950 sound libraries

Postby desmond » Fri Aug 14, 2020 1:12 pm

I just had a quick look through these, and they are really nice.

They have that typical "early sampler" aesthetic which I like, without being super dirty like the early Fairlight and E-mu libraries. It very much reminds me of the Akai samples they posted later on (but I haven't checked to see whether these are in there, or whether they are different).

It's funny how a lot of the things I didn't like about samplers back in the early days have now become the exact things that are nice about those sounds.

Thanks again for doing these! :thumbup:
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Re: Akai S900/S950 sound libraries

Postby Rutger Verberkmoes » Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:05 pm

desmond wrote:I just had a quick look through these, and they are really nice.

They have that typical "early sampler" aesthetic which I like, without being super dirty like the early Fairlight and E-mu libraries. It very much reminds me of the Akai samples they posted later on (but I haven't checked to see whether these are in there, or whether they are different).

It's funny how a lot of the things I didn't like about samplers back in the early days have now become the exact things that are nice about those sounds.

Thanks again for doing these! :thumbup:

You’re welcome, Desmond! Exactly, I think most of the sounds were recorded directly into the S9x0 samplers back then, the 12 bit/40 or 48 kHz recording quality sounds a lot cleaner than the earlier 8 bit samplers, but a bit more grittier than the 16 bit models.
The S1x00 floppy library (that’s the one Akai put online in the late nineties IIRC) is a different library, I have that one on CD-ROM, but it has quite some similarities in range of sounds and overall recording quality.
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Re: Akai S900/S950 sound libraries

Postby samplefreak » Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:54 pm

Can anyone possibly help me? I am getting error messages with Omniflop on an XP laptop. I am covering the DD HD hole with tape to make DD disks for an S900. They format fine, but writing gives me errors. Thanks if anyone has some insight.

Or were these made for USB/HxC/Gotek format perhaps?
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Re: Akai S900/S950 sound libraries

Postby samplefreak » Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:27 am

After 5 fails it just started working. No explanation. All I can say is, thanks Rutger, this is an amazing find. Already made a song with it.
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Re: Akai S900/S950 sound libraries

Postby IAA » Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:31 am

Rutger, these are marvellous! Thank you :clap:
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