How to import Akai S1000 CDs into Kontakt and Ableton Live
Here's how I managed to import my Akai S1000 format sample CDs into Kontakt 5 and Ableton Live 10 Suite in OS X.
How to rip the CDs to image files
- Open the terminal. (Applications, Utilities, Terminal.app)
- Type in ls /dev/disk*. That's a list of disks your computer has.
- Pop your Akai S1000 format CD into your drive.
- You'll probably get a popup window that says "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer." If so, just click on Ignore.
- Type in ls /dev/disk* again, and note which new disk numbers have appeared. That's your CD-ROM (e.g. /dev/disk3 or /dev/disk4), and its various partitions (e.g. /dev/disk3s0, /dev/disk3s1, etc). It first partition, s0, is the actual Akai format data. The others, if there are any, are all audio tracks.
- Rip the CD using the command sudo dd bs=1024 if=/dev/disk4s0 of="Desktop/Foo.iso", where disk4s0 is whichever disk-number-s0 appeared for you, and Foo is the name of your sample CD. You'll need to enter your administrator password, because your CD drive is very secure. (Akai CDs aren't really ISO 9660 format, but some programs will only look at CD rips with that extension. The "s0" bit says to only look at the data partition, ignoring the audio tracks if there are any.)
- Eject the CD. Even if it has no icon on the desktop, and the eject key doesn't do anything, you can always eject the CD from the Disk Utility. (Applications, Utilities, Disk Utility.app)
- Do this for all the CDs you want to rip.
It should go without saying, but only format shift CDs that you own and are keeping.
How to import those image files into Kontakt
- In Finder, go to Documents, Native Instruments, Kontakt 5.
- Make a new directory (folder) called Images.
- Drag and drop the .iso files there.
- Wherever you keep all your Kontakt samples, make a directory for each of your sample CDs. If you want to be especially neat, then make a directory for all your imported CDs first, then make all the other directories within that one.
- Open Kontakt 5.
- Click on Files at the top.
- Within <workspace>, click on Virtual Drives, then Akai, then the first sample CD you want to import. (You might need to click on the Refresh arrows first.)
- With the sample CD selected in the tree at the top, click on Partition A in the separate directory listing in the next window below, then shift-click on the last Partition to highlight them all.
- Click on Import at the top.
- Select the appropriate directory you just made for that particular sample CD, as both the Instrument Destination Folder and Sample Destination Folder. Click on Convert.
- Repeat the process for all the other sample CDs you want to import.
How to import those image files into Ableton Live
You can also import the same image files into Ableton Live by simply dragging and dropping them onto the Browser Sidebar on the left (not the Browser Content Pane next to it). You have to do this one file at a time. Make sure you picked a filename you're happy with for each .iso file, as (minus the extension) Ableton Live will automatically use it as the directory name.