Akai CD3000XL

” Here is my AKAI CD3000XL Stereo Digital Sampler, I bought it a while back and never really got to using it. Its upgraded to 32mb and has the manual and a few disks. Its all working, and the screen can still be seen although the contrast is turned right up. All in all its in very good condition, no fading on the front a very little in the way of rack rash. It still has its original box, but its slightly battered. I will ensure its safely packed before shipping.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Lot of Akai Samplers Project Machines

“Akai Samplers For Parts or Needs Repair – Set of 4 – S1000 CD3000 CD3000XL

S1000 – nothing lights on display or buttons so the unit appears dead, but you can hear something running internally when its plugged in and turned on. Cursor knob is missing and the Data knob is crooked.

CD-3000 – completely dead and Data knob is loose in the unit.

CD-3000XL – CD Drawer is jammed. The display is dead and none of the buttons work.

CD-3000 – is the most functional of the 4 units but the Data and Main Volume knob are loose and floating inside the unit. All units show heavy cosmetic wear too.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Akai CD3000XL

“Akai CD3000 XL rack mount sampler with 8 outs, GoTek USB drive, power cable & original manual.

This unit is an absolute powerhouse of a sampler with truly outstanding features and audio quality. The GoTek drive brings it into a whole new level of usability – no more floppy drive issues! – and I’ve been pairing it with a Launchpad Pro Mk 3 as basically an MPC on steroids! Only selling due to the size of the beast.”
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Akai CD3000XL with External Zip Drive

“AKAI CD3000XL, EB16, IB-304F, with expansion card. The main unit warranty, each instruction manual, and power cord are included.

The bonus is ZIP Drive (with 1 Disk) and SCSI cable AKAI CD-ROM Sound Library.

Even if you think of parts removal for EB16 and IB-304F, I don’t think there is a chance to get two at the same time, so if you can find value in these expansion cards, please consider it.

EB16, operation OK (Photo 5) Effect recognition.
IB-304F, operation OK (Photo 6) FILTER2 is recognized.

The CD3000XL main unit has been confirmed to have basic operation.
The basics are MIDI operation, sample playback & editing, normal use as a sampler sound source, threadeo & headphone out, CD-ROM reading, ZIP-Drive connection & reading and writing. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Akai CD3000XL with 32MB RAM

“I am considering selling my Akai CD3000XL sampler. I bought this many years ago and used it a few times. However, it has not been used now for a number of years. Although I am tempted to keep it, it seems a shame to have it sitting unused if someone can make use of it.
The sampler has the full 16 MWords of memory and uses OS 1.52 as shown in the photos.
When it was last used, it was working fine. However, I am unable to test this sampler properly now as I no longer have any discs to use with it except for 1 floppy disc.
This means the CD ROM drive has not been tested. It opens and closes and did work when last used but I cannot guarantee it still works as I don’t have any Akai CD ROMs to test it with.
I tried to format a floppy disc and the drive did format it so it seems to be working correctly as shown in one of the photos.
I tried sampling a sound and this all seemed fine and the sound saved to disc.
The backlight of the screen is out so will need replaced. The writing on the screen itself still looks fine but it is fairly hard to read without the backlight. The sampler is in decent condition with some marks as shown in the photos.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Akai CD3000XL with Internal Floppy Emulator

“Hello, today im selling classic:

Akai Proffesional Sampler CD3000xl with the same converters as MPC 2000xl or s3000xl and s3200xl

100% working order and very good cosmetic condition due to age.

There is no additional 8 outputs or effect board.

It was also upgraded and tested out in pro-audio service

All buttons responses very good
vol/rec knobs doesn’t cracking
data knob working flawless
SCSI 100% working, fully tested
CD-R SERVICED 100% working (50gbp)
full 32mb memory expansion (60gbp)
brand new screen (100gbp)
Brand new Gotek USB drive (60gbp)”
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Akai CD3000XL with External Zip Drive

” Akai CD3000XL. Condition is “Used”. Local Collection Preferred!

Here’s all the flaws as I know them:

When I bought this (in 1999) the chap I bought it from told me there was something wrong with the SCSI port – I’m sorry to say I can’t remember what it was he said was wrong with it, and it never stopped me from using it the way I needed to, so it could be that he didn’t know what he was talking about (I certainly didn’t at the time, and I still don’t know now – the guy was smoking something strong at the time and he wasn’t making a lot of sense – it was the 90s and a different world)

All I know is I used the SCSI port to connect the included Zip drive and load all the samples and programs for the projects I was working on and it always worked (I do have to change the SCSI port from 4 to 5 every time I start up… maybe it’s supposed to remember that setting, and that’s the problem he was talking about? I don’t know)

I have no other way of testing the port other from connecting the drive and loading up some samples, which I did today and it works. Anyway, be aware of that before you bid. Essentially some bloke told me it was broken but I bought it anyway and I never found out what he meant. (That tells you more about me than about the sampler!)

Also, I’m noticing that the LCD display is a little darker than I remember it being when I was using this regularly. I know it’s a common problem with these machines, but it is still usable in normal studio light. It might be that the display is being swamped by the bright lights of my kitchen when I took the pictures, but you ought to keep in mind that you might want to replace the screen at some point (I’ve found a couple for under £100 on eBay today)

The original owner’s manual is included – the front cover has a big tear in it which you can see in the picture, but all the pages are intact and in good condition.”
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Akai CD3000XL

“This is my Akai CD3000XL with a working 1GB SCSI Internal Hard Drive, Working Floppy Drive & Untested CD-Rom Drive.

I have had this sampler for almost 15 years, in that time it has been used in various studios and on the road. I DIY fitted the SCSI hard drive about 10 years ago and this is still working. The sampler has been sat in a box for the past few years and sadly when I fired it up last week I found it had some problems thus why I am selling.

– 1GB SCSI Internal Hard Drive is working. Please note this is currently formated for a Roland W30 but you can easily reformat this using the sampler itself to Akai format. This Hard Drive is alone worth around £50
– Floppy Drive is working perfectly

– I’ve booted it up and when I audition a sampler it sounds strange, maybe it’s a capacitor issue (Thus selling as spares or repairs)
– LCD Backlight is gone
– LCD has some dead pixels

Current Spec
– Running the stock 8mb RAM (both sim slots are empty
– No EB16 effects board fitted” Click here to visit listing on eBay