review :: ARElectronics
As the description says, VERY gritty. Samples from 9,000khz to 36,000khz, in 16 bit. One of the first true 16 bit samplers. Samples on this can come out very close to clean, but at it's best they'll come out dirty. Think of an Emax on crack.
The filters aren't the fashionable, thick "Dance" filters. Instead, they turn your samples to glass.
The 2 mb of memory is paltry, compared to what most samplers come with stock these days (But I have heard of people modding them and adding more ram).
It also has some neat synthesis functions.
It's only cons are these:
The disc drives are notoriously flaky (but if you can find a few spares with the old SHUGART bus, you'll be set), and even though it features graphic sample editing, the piles of menus and screens can get to be a bit of a pain in the ass.
If you want to have something that cuts through your mix, I'd suggest one, as they can be picked up for a song (and with the wealth of sample banks you can get for free, it can keep you busy for a bit). Recommended, totally. It won't be a replacement for your s-3000, but it's a unique little beast.