The Akai S950 was introduced in 1988, discontinued in '93, with only 15000 produced units. Made in Japan, the S950 offers the same 12-bit processing and 8-note polyphony as the S900, with a superior 48 kHz sampling rate and a maximum 2.25 MB of RAM, with 750 KB standard. In addition, items that were options on the Akai S900, such as crossfade looping and pretrigger recording, are standard on the S950. The S950 was the first Akai sampler to implement time stretching, enabling you to alter sample length without altering pitch. Using the S950's pretrigger recording, you can record razor-sharp attacks and if you really want to get serious, you can process individual hits from the S950's eight outputs. You won't believe it, it's a great tool to have in your studio. There are lots of other infos about about the uniques features the S950, on sample edits, key group edits and modulations.
Personally, We use it from drums, the real beat pops up there, and it's so nice on them, that you would never had sold your 950! :D
Here you can have some fun playing with our virtual S950! But hey! Those sounds come from a real S950 from The MPC Box studio, so you can make yourself an idea of its sound!