In [this tribute](http://www.stonesthrow.com/news/2006/04/fantastic-voyage) to J-Dilla on Stones Throw's official site, Karriem Riggins says, "They brought him a little Boss [SP] 303 sampler and little 45 record player.....That's what brought him through to make a lot of music that we hear on Donuts."more
Panda's favorite sampler. "I've been using the Boss SP-303 almost exclusively (besides drums) for three years or so now. I think it's about time to move on, at least focus-wise. But it's been my favorite thing to use without a doubt." - Panda bear (Noah Lennox) for Pitchfork, February 15, 2007.more
This cheap sampler is really perfect for old-school Hip-Hop type beats. The bitcrusher gives some nice grittyness, the vinyl simulator is great too. The 26 effects are really where this unit shines. The built-in sequencer sucks, but at least it's there. I sequence using my MPC 2000XL, and the SP-303 compliments it very well.
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It has it's faults (sequencer isn't particularly intuitive), but some of its limitations make for some kick ass creativity. I can spend hours and hours just playing on this thing.