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"The Dr. Sample and ES1 are really rudimentary samplers, but for me they really work live because, being aimed at DJs and so on, they are table-top devices with everything lighting up clearly and there being no intensive menus to scroll through. Everything is right up front. The Boss is almost like a toy, run off batteries and with a simple built-in mic. The fidelity is not that good, but I actually think it has a cool sound."more
When I started making electronic music I was mainly using software like Cakewalk, Impulse Tracker, Rebirth as well as any additional freeware I could find. The first hardware I bought was the Yamaha CS1x and Boss Dr. Sample 202 plus some random FX pedals. My family wasn't exactly rich so I had to work within my limitations. I think this had a lot to do with how I approach making music to this day. Now I still have a quite simple set-up using a Macbook Pro running Ableton Live and some MIDI Controllers. I don't really use many plug-ins apart from a few go-to's like Michael Norris' SoundMagic Spectral plugins and Native Instruments Reaktor + Massive. For the most part I've found that the built-in Ableton plugins are sufficient.more
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The Boss Dr Sample 202 was supposedly designed for loops and DJ's on a budget. It's a big brick of plastic! It offers four low quality sample rates, from 31 to about 4 kHz, providing 20 to 260 seconds of sample time via built-in microphone, Mic or Line inputs. Each Pad to which you assign your samples can have user-selectable sampling rates in order to maximize sample time. It has six built-in effects including Pitch Shift, Filter 1 & 2, Time Stretch, Delay, and Ring Modulation.All really fun to play with! An innovative BPM function calculates the BPM from the sample length for easy loop/BPM syncing. The sampler can be battery powered, and originally came with lots of sampled loops and one-shots to get you going.
This was always a fun and easy to use sampler! I once even sampled one of our friends talking in their sleep with it! I loved that it was portable and easy to use. You can still find them on Ebay every now and then but dont count on much sample storage (even with the hard to find 5v SD card). I really liked that you could run any audio into it via RCA connections and use the filters and such. Fun to have around if you can find it for cheap! Not a bad little sampler at the time it was issued.