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S20 Drum/Phrase Sampler

Introduced: 1997
Discontinued: 2000

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  • 16-bit linear stereo sampling
  • 8-voice polyphony
  • Sample, loop and playback in real-time
  • 16 pads for triggering sampled phrases
  • 'Hold' mode to automatically repeat beat loops
  • Tempo can be set in real-time using the front panel 'Tap Tempo' key
  • 30,000 note, 4-track sequencer
  • Built-in floppy disk driv
  • Comes with 1MB of RAM standard (expandable to 17MB with standard SIMM)
  • Simple editing functions
  • Sample compatibility with the all Akai "S" series samplers
  • Can be used as a conventional MIDI sampler with multi-sampling and multi-timbral capability
  • 'Beat-Loop' function makes it easy to synchronize multiple phrases
  • For each phrase, input the number of beats and the desired tempo, and the S20 will adjust the phrase to play at that tempo
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