Akai S-612

Year Released: 1985
Purchased: 1989?
Cost: $350?
Serial Number: 00620-34037

My first sampler! I had visions of a Fairlight, but instead, I got a quirky and cool sounding little rack sampler instead. I think this was also my first rack mount unit as well. I had to search high and low to find the little 2.8 inch Quick Disks it uses for storage, I eventually found them at an office supply house as some programmable typewriters at the time used them.

The coolest thing about it is how simple it is, and how grungy the sounds are.

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