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Roland SP404A Sampling Workstation

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Picking up where Roland’s popular SP-303 sampler left off, the new SP-404 is built on a foundation of more: more features, more voices, more pads, and more memory. The SP-404’s sleek, silver look is new to the SP family, and it surpasses its predecessor by offering battery-power compatibility, a CompactFlash slot, and a built-in microphone for quick, stress-free sampling sessions. Just turn it on, aim, and record — no cables and mics to connect. Then get down to the business of making beats and patterns, and add extra color with the great effects built into this little powerhouse. Even with all the bonus features, the SP-404 is still amazingly affordable.

Roland SP404A Sampling Workstation Features

  • 12 large pads, three control knobs, jumbo display, same friendly operation as SP-303
  • 29 effects, including new Subsonic, BPM Looper, and more
  • Built-in microphone for quick sampling
  • CD-quality sound
  • Expanded sampling time
  • 12-voice polyphony
  • Realtime loop recording
  • Sample-editing tools
  • Import/export WAV/AIF via CompactFlash card slot; supports up to 1GB card
  • Runs on battery or AC power3
Two Sampling Modes
The name Roland is synonymous with ‘great sound,’ and the SP-404 doesn’t disappoint. The sampling and playback quality of this instrument, affordable as it is, is crystal-clear Compact Disc-grade. You can record audio directly into the SP-404, or import/export industry-standard WAV and AIF files via CompactFlash card. Fear not, lo-fi lovers — the SP-404 also provides a Lo-Fi sampling mode, so you can scorch, roast, and crunch your audio if desired.

Realtime Pattern Recording
After the SP-404 is loaded with the audio of your choice, the fun begins by creating custom beats and tracks via onboard pattern sequencer. This easy-to-use sequencer allows up to 8,000 notes to be recorded in real time. For perfect playback, your pattern data can be quantized to the note value of your choice. Up to 24 patterns, each 1–99 measures long, can be stored in the internal memory simultaneously. On CompactFlash cards, you can save 96 additional patterns with 8,000 notes of recording capacity per card.

Quick Sampling and Editing
If you need to capture audio fast, the SP-404 provides an easy, efficient sampling engine; just connect an audio source or external microphone — or use the built-in mic. The SP-404 can house up to 24 samples in memory simultaneously. On CompactFlash cards, you can store up to 96 samples; if you use a 1GB CompactFlash card, sampling times can be as long as 772 minutes (!) in Lo-Fi mode, or up to 386 minutes long in Standard mode. The SP-404 provides sample-editing tools for setting start and end points, adjusting levels, and more.

29 Onboard Effects
Twist, bend, and animate your audio with the SP-404’s expressive effects, and manipulate them in real time using the front-panel control knobs. Shake the walls with Subsonic. Drive the dancefloor wild with the BPM Looper (grab a region on the fly and loop it) and DJFX Looper (change speed and reverse audio to get a turntable scratch-like sound). Also offered: reverb, flanger, delay, Voice Transformer, distortion, filter, Slicer, Isolator, Vinyl Simulator, and more. Best of all, the SP-404’s effects can be applied to multiple samples simultaneously or live input signals. You can also select the multieffects directly by pressing the MFX button and the corresponding pad at the same time.

Onboard Microphone and I/O
An external microphone can be plugged into the SP-404’s mic input and used to capture audio, but those who want to sample fast and spontaneously will love the built-in microphone. Just aim, point, and record! If you want to sample pre-recorded sounds, simply connect your CD player or sound source to the SP-404’s line input jacks (L, R) and sample away. For playback, the SP-404 offers line outputs (L, R) as well as a headphone output for privacy. A MIDI input connector is provided for controlling the SP-404 externally.

CompactFlash
The SP-404 comes equipped with an industry-standard CompactFlash slot that accepts cards of up to 1GB capacity. You can even import WAV and AIF files into the SP-404 via CompactFlash, and vice versa. CF cards are handy, reliable, and readily available on the mass market.

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Customer Reviews

Matt Buri, mattburi@hotmail.com Submitted: 11/14/2018
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Great Piece Sampler, works Great with the Roland TR-8 sequencer.
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What is your opinion of this product?
Huge amount of sampling time with added 32GB SD card, great effects, simple to use. Works great and looks great with any Roland Aira gear especially the Roland TR-8. Very portable great for use in the studio or in a live setup. Download the Wave Converter software from Roland's web page and easily transfer samples from a PC/MAC to your SD card and save to pad of your choice. It is a very versatile sampler, and it is a very good quality build. This is a must have for studio or a live use.
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Linda Vigil Submitted: 7/26/2018
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Super fun sampler
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I wanted a portable sampler and got the SP404A. I love it. The effects are great. If you are looking for a great tool to take with you everywhere- pop some batteries in this and make beats/music any place any time.
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Andy Submitted: 7/22/2018
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Worth the price tag
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In the past I have owned both the Sp-404 and the Sp-404sx, and I was anxious to try out this model. Aside from the sci-fi inspired paint job, first thing I noticed was the pads have been upgraded, feeling much more responsive. The features on the machine play very similar to the 404sx and I didn't feel like much was added to justify the price hike. In conclusion the sp-404a is definitely the total package when it comes to a sampler, but in this case you get what you pay for
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Linda, hi@lindavigil.com Submitted: 7/3/2018
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Exactly what I was looking for!
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I could use another one of these samplers and be set for life. I was searching for a small sampler with built-in fx, a mic & a line in and from all of my research I decided on this and couldn't be happier. Some people say it is just the old model with a paint job, but I like the paint job.
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Shazam Jamieson, shazam777jam@gmail.com Submitted: 5/6/2018
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I’m loving it
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This is a solid awesome sampler live how I can midi hook it up in to my Novation Circuit setup . Great FX and amazing versatility. Would have given 5 stars but buttons are not velocity sensitive and kinda of a learning curve to trim samples , plus wish it had a LED or OLED screen for information so you could get the whole word instead of 3 letters on the display area
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chris w. Submitted: 1/5/2018
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Excellent sound quality and holds a lot of samples.
What is your opinion of this product?
I like that it runs on batteries, making it very portable.
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G.B. Submitted: 10/12/2017
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“This is the best friend I never had”
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An amazing Sampler following in the footsteps of the Sp-404 and SX. Now with added memory card loaded with new samples and more tweaks. Definitely worth the money.
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