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Akai S6000

“It works and sounds good. It has a few scratches here and there. The two half inch small plastic clips that holds the removable display snapped off but the display still screws on and off with no issue. You will only notice when the display is removed, this is very common for this model (see last photo)” Click here to visit listing on eBay

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Akai S6000 with USB Project Machine

“I bought a new RS232 cable but the detachable screen as the original one is missing, as you can see from the photos the screen doesn’t seem to work properly. Not sure if the cable is incompatible or more than likely a duff screen.

Unit powers on and can be heard running.

Unsure how the unit performs hence; for parts/not working” Click here to visit listing on eBay

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Akai S6000 with 256MB RAM, USB

“Akai S6000 Digital Sampler, excellent condition, studio use only, smole-free environment, includes a 3.2 GB external SCSI HD with cabling, about 2.5 GB of sounds installed on the HD. USB Card installed, 256 MB RAM Installed,128 voice card installed (for a total of 256 voices), EFFECTS Card installed (24 bit, and you can actually route external signals through this FX Processor, use as outboard gear FX Loop), L/R XLR and TRS Inputs/outputs (Sampling and Monitoring), Dual MIDI – IN, OUT, THRU Ports (32 simultaneous MIDI Channels). Dual SCSI Ports. 16 -1/4′ individual outputs. 1 – 1/4″ Phone output. Wordclock – IN. Digital I/O includes – AES/EBU I/O – 1/4″ jacks, TOS Link Optical I/O.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

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Akai S6000

” Vintage Akai S6000 V2 MIDI digital sampler with removable front cover. Fully checked and tested and in perfect working order. Running OS2.14. The original and still the best. ”

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Akai S6000

“Akai S6000 Stereo Digital Sampler With MIDI & SCSI In Mint Condition..

I bought this in the 90s & it hasn’t much been move, hence it’s immaculate condition. For someone who likes to work with midi, this machine is a powerful tool, with 8 separate outputs plus in/out stereo too It comes with the original manuals. No returns.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

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Akai S6000

“Fully working and tested Akai S6000 sampler.

Bob has tested it today and all is well.

Light home use only, never been gigged.

Assorted leads.

One pixel line on the controller’s screen is dead, but this is hardly noticeable (you can’t even really see it in the pictures)

The memory specs are listed below on the blue tape in the pictures.

A wonderful example of this legendary Sampler…

Display reads V2.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

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Akai S2800

“Akai S2800 – MIDI Stereo Digital Sampler

Good condition, fully functional.

2U Rack Mountable”
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Akai S6000

“More from the studio spring clean clear out!!

So here is my old Akai S6000 Sampler, it really doesn’t get much use any more and has been sat in the rack doing very little for some time, apart from being moved to have some photos taken.

So its time to move it on to someone who will use it and get the most out of it.

These were top of the line spec back in the day.

This one has:

OS 2.0 you can get floppies of the upgrade to 2.14 on ebay.
(I’ve got some files I downloaded to update this previously but never got round to it, so I can send these to you if needed)

Two sets of midi in, Out & Thru (A & B)

16 Audio Outs + XLR Outs

Stereo Analog Ins Jack and XLR

Digital In’s and Outs

2 x Scsi connectors for external drives CD ROM Drives etc.

2 free slots to add expansion cards like the USB option I don’t have this but they come up on eBay.

72 MB RAM – it comes with 8MB built in and there are 4 expansion SIMM slots this ones got another 64MB in one slot but you can expand it up to 256MB.

128 Voices.

Great Sampler still incredible spec and can be expanded further.

Used condition its quite a few years old now, but works well, there are a few marks on the unit, some of the plastic bits that hold the screen on the front have snapped off over time but it does stay in place when attached.

I only have the long lead to connect the front panel as was using it away from the rack. but a short one can be found on ebay.

The little plastic lip on the mains supply has been snagged see the photo but this doesn’t affect the functioning of it.”
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Akai S6000 with 256MB RAM, USB

“S6000 Sampler

256mb Ram, USB card, IBM 2.1GB internal hd, front panel extended cable.

Digital input output is not working.

The screen has a thin black line in the middle of the screen about half way down (Please see picture).”
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Akai S6000 with USB Project Machine


I used this sampler for many years, but it’s not working properly any more.

Sampler powers on, and makes all the familiar internal sounds as it powers up, but the home screen is frozen and unresponsive to the buttons on the front panel. I don’t think it’s a problem with the (detachable) front panel, its buttons or its cable, as I’ve swapped out another front panel/cable from a similar model in good working order and the same problem occurs.

When I tested it this week, AkSys (software controller) was working at first in the sense that it ‘saw’ the sampler, but any attempt to control the front panel via AkSys failed. AkSys for a time during my test could see the internal HD and I managed to copy over quite a few files from the internal HD.

The sampler was even briefly galvanized into working order again (the home screen ‘unfroze’ and became responsive to the front panel buttons) when I highlighted two samples on the HD at the same time over AkSys, which suggests the problem might be related to the USB card?

But then upon powering down and powering up again the sampler was frozen as before on the home screen and AkSys stopped working altogether (it still works fine for the other sampler, so it’s obviously a hardware problem somewhere.)

The internal HD itself is I think probably fine, and contains a lot of very good sample libraries, Orchestral, but also some ‘Celtic’, ‘Early’ and ‘non-Western’. It must be at least 15Gb, but I can’t give you the exact size as the home screen is frozen!” Click here to visit listing on eBay