equipment - detail
I bought my Akai S3200 when they had just come out and it was my first sampler. This was my first introduction to digital audio and all the tracks I wrote up until I got my first Mac and Logic Audio used this sampler as the 'multi-track' recording device. Having a sampler finally meant that any sound imaginable could be used, what was in your head could be put into a track. Any sound was 'for the taking'; cut up, spliced, filtered and tweaked then spat out to produce something original.
I also have a LaCie CDROM drive and DAC 128MB (Sony) MO drive (pictured above) connected to the sampler using SCSI. I used to have the whole lot connected to my Mac back in the OS9 days and used the MESA software for editing and storing programs and samples on my Mac rather than on MO disks. This worked great for a while, then software samplers came along and made it all look like hard work!
It is maxed out with 32MB RAM (that amount sounds tiny today!) and the MO drive is capable of recording and playing back a stereo track at the same time as using the samples stored in RAM. This is one of the main reasons why I went for this model.
I hardly use it these days though; it can't compete with the EXS24 software sampler built into Logic.