Roland SP404SX Sampling Workstation

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    Roland SP404SX Sampling Workstation; Turbocharging the World’s Most Popular Portable Sampler.

    Roland's acclaimed SP404 performance sampler takes an exciting leap forward with the new SP404SX. In addition to the fun, fast, hands-on features of the original, the new model offers enhanced sound quality with pure 16-bit linear sampling, improved DSP effects, smooth FX switching, a more versatile pattern sequencer (with a new shuffle feature), and easier data management with SD-card compatibility. It's a creatively stimulating, powerful tool for DJs, musicians, producers, and live-sound engineers who trigger jingles.

    Roland SP404SX Features:

    • Sample anytime, anywhere with the built-in mic and battery power
    • 29 DSP effects, including filter, delay, unique voice effects, subsonic, and looper
    • 3 control knobs, 12 trigger pads, and Sub Pad for rapid repeat triggering
    • Seamless effects switching for smooth, perfect performance
    • Pattern sequencer with quantize mode and new shuffle feels
    • 1GB SD card included; expand sample storage up to 32GB with SDHC
    • Import audio files from computer, assign samples to pads with bundled software (Mac/PC) Instant Sampling
    Sample anywhere, anytime using the SP404SX’s built-in microphone. And since the SP404SX can run on AC or battery power (six AA batteries), it’s easy to record wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. Just power-up, point, and record. Line and mic inputs are also available for recording direct or with an external microphone. The SP404SX’s sampling format is uncompressed wave for high-quality audio capture.

    Hands-On Performance
    The SP404SX is made to be played — it’s packed with interactive controls for jamming along with loops and patterns. Put your fingers on the three non-slip control knobs, 12 trigger pads, and Sub Pad for rapid repeat triggering in real time. On dark stages or DJ booths, the SP404SX is a performers dream with its illuminated rubber pads and bright LED screen.

    Extreme Effects
    Create a signature sound using the SP404SX’s 29 DSP effects, which switch seamlessly during live performance. Essential onboard effects include spacious reverbs and choruses, plus filters and delays. There are also unique, esoteric effects built in, including a voice transformer and looper. With the DJFX Looper, you can create short loops (such as machine-gun-like da-da-da-da-da sounds) and control reverse-playback with the knob. You can also create scratch effects like a turntable. Connect the SP404SX to a DJ mixer and use it as an effect processor. Seventeen of the effects have a limiter mode, which keeps the effects from overloading. This is great for live DJ performance when you don’t want to lose control of the effects in the heat of the moment.

    In addition to the endless supply of loops you can pack into the SP404SX, you can also create your own tracks in real time with the Pattern Sequencer, complete with quantize mode, which includes shuffle feels. Creating patterns is done in real time. You can loop two measures (maximum 99 measures), for example, then play and record only the bass drum and the snare. Next, add the hi-hat over the top, and keep adding more instruments while the SP404SX loops. You can store 120 patterns (12 patterns x 10 banks). When you play a pattern with the Pattern Sequencer, the LEDs surrounding the display blink according to the tempo, which is handy during live performance.

    SD Card Memory
    Start sampling right away with the included 1GB SD card. You can easily expand the sampling time using up to 32GB SDHC. Import audio files from your computer using the included software (Mac/PC) and assign them to the SP404SX’s pads. WAV and AIFF files are accepted. The software is fast and easy to use, as it displays the SP404SX’s pads onscreen. You can even use it to convert SP404 format files to the SP404SX.

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    Thomas Martin Scott
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    Definitely a DJ TOY, NOT a Musicians Tool!
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    I've had it 2 days, spent 4 1/2 hours trying to get the software to NEVER did! NO Midi out!!! Are you kidding me?! NO 1/4 in. outs. RCA connectors, in and out...period! I did know that going in, but, didn't realize what a pain in the a$$ that would become in a real life Music situation. If you work with it in your lap, as I would guess most people would, if it's on batteries, and your working, you'll have it in your lap. Well, the 1/4 in/ Headphone jack is TOTALLY in the wrong place. Just mess with it, you'll see what I mean. I would simply say to Roland, If you want real Musicians to buy this stuff, think more like a real musician, and less like a kid with a toy.
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