Akai s2000 Hard Drive options

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Re: Akai s2000 Hard Drive options

Post by madtheory » Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:52 pm

Hyde wrote:I just need to put my headphones on & leave the world for an hour or two, on those rainy, snowy days when a car or bicycle ride aren't the best option. :D
Wouldn't a laptop and virtual sampler be more convenient? Or do you have your own existing library for the Akai for years ago?
From SCSI2SD FAQ:
"Does SCSI2SD work with samplers ?

There are compatibility issues with the Akai MPC3000, most other samples should work ok."

salwa wrote:I have similar problem with my Kawai Q80ex - FlexiDrive cost four times more than sequencer.
Nice machine. What about HxC floppy emulator? Around €80 I think.

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Re: Akai s2000 Hard Drive options

Post by salwa » Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:44 pm

madtheory wrote:
Hyde wrote:I just need to put my headphones on & leave the world for an hour or two, on those rainy, snowy days when a car or bicycle ride aren't the best option. :D
Wouldn't a laptop and virtual sampler be more convenient? Or do you have your own existing library for the Akai for years ago?
From SCSI2SD FAQ:
"Does SCSI2SD work with samplers ?

There are compatibility issues with the Akai MPC3000, most other samples should work ok."

salwa wrote:I have similar problem with my Kawai Q80ex - FlexiDrive cost four times more than sequencer.
Nice machine. What about HxC floppy emulator? Around €80 I think.
Yes, that's better (although still more than I paid for Kawai :) ). I have to think about it (I used Kawai live and I don't know, if will be playing live in future).
As for Akai - sure, laptop and software sampler will be easier, but since some of us allready own such dinosaur - why not make them more useful? It's definitely a hobby thing.
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Re: Akai s2000 Hard Drive options

Post by synthroom » Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:45 pm

Hyde wrote:I just need to put my headphones on & leave the world for an hour or two, on those rainy, snowy days when a car or bicycle ride aren't the best option. :D
Then get a Zip 100 with a couple disks, make backups, and have fun!
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Re: Akai s2000 Hard Drive options

Post by madtheory » Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:58 pm

salwa wrote:I used Kawai live and I don't know, if will be playing live in future.
Same here, but I think Ableton is a much better tool now. The Kawai was a fine substitute for the Alesis back in the day.

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Re: Akai s2000 Hard Drive options

Post by Hyde » Thu Dec 24, 2015 2:57 pm

madtheory wrote:
Hyde wrote:I just need to put my headphones on & leave the world for an hour or two, on those rainy, snowy days when a car or bicycle ride aren't the best option. :D
Wouldn't a laptop and virtual sampler be more convenient? Or do you have your own existing library for the Akai for years ago?
From SCSI2SD FAQ:
"Does SCSI2SD work with samplers ?

There are compatibility issues with the Akai MPC3000, most other samples should work ok."

salwa wrote:I have similar problem with my Kawai Q80ex - FlexiDrive cost four times more than sequencer.
Nice machine. What about HxC floppy emulator? Around €80 I think.

I'm probably not using the machine in the way most d, these days. I don't generally go for "out of the box" sounds, nor do I do much resampling or loops. I strictly want it for organic sounds I sample. I can do a lot of editing with my ensoniq synth & polish the tunes off with sampled instruments or flavors. Everything will get dropped to a permanent medium to add the final pieces. I'd be surprised if any of it ever sees the light of day. I will try to back everything up, regardless.
Through a CL ad I've been communicating with a gracious individual who is willing to offload a Jaz drive to me for the cost of a drive into town. Looks as if my path has been chosen. If it doesn't work out, I now have plenty to think about.
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Re: Akai s2000 Hard Drive options

Post by Hyde » Thu Dec 24, 2015 3:03 pm

salwa wrote:
madtheory wrote:
Hyde wrote:I just need to put my headphones on & leave the world for an hour or two, on those rainy, snowy days when a car or bicycle ride aren't the best option. :D
Wouldn't a laptop and virtual sampler be more convenient? Or do you have your own existing library for the Akai for years ago?
From SCSI2SD FAQ:
"Does SCSI2SD work with samplers ?

There are compatibility issues with the Akai MPC3000, most other samples should work ok."

salwa wrote:I have similar problem with my Kawai Q80ex - FlexiDrive cost four times more than sequencer.
Nice machine. What about HxC floppy emulator? Around €80 I think.
Yes, that's better (although still more than I paid for Kawai :) ). I have to think about it (I used Kawai live and I don't know, if will be playing live in future).
As for Akai - sure, laptop and software sampler will be easier, but since some of us allready own such dinosaur - why not make them more useful? It's definitely a hobby thing.
I think you hit the nail on the head. It's a hobby thing. That & dropping $1k into another computer isn't exactly cost effective. We've downsized to one computer in the house & I can't rely on it being there with me when I need it. I've been doing the old "sell stuff to buy stuff" routine, as it is ;).
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Re: Akai s2000 Hard Drive optio

Post by Hyde » Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:19 pm

Well aware that taking a risk on a budget isn't the wisest of ideas, everything has worked quite well with this setup. Picked up a maxed S2000 to be a slave to my ensoniq sq1 plus. I put an add on Craigslist looking for a Jaz or Zip drive. Ended up with a free Jaz drive with power supply. Bought a SCSI cable, disk, set termination to "ON", ID to "5" & it started responding. Arranged the disk & copied the OS to it. It works like a dream! OS floppys will now go into storage & we'll keep fingers crossed for a decent lifespan. Thanks for all the info above. I appreciate the info & options. May need them at some point.
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Re: Akai s2000 Hard Drive options

Post by synthroom » Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:17 pm

Sounds like a good setup. Enjoy life without floppies!
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