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.
perfect little sampler! effects are great and the sound is really good on this machine. only wish it that it had batteries. but then, you got the 404 aswell. the design of the 303 also is perfect!
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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.