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I use this sampler for dropping individual samples and vocals, and the Korg ES-1 for sample loops and rhythmic samples. This one has some great effects. I had a very difficult time getting this to sync through MIDI though, it doesn't seem to like playing nice with other gear, and even when it appears to be synced, sometimes samples drift out of sync. So I try to find ways to use it that don't rely on MIDI syncing.
very underrated unit.
fx's from heaven. small form factor but very good pitching on it. 8 voice poly which is standard for the samplers in this series. no mute groups cripples it. rca in. vinyl sim and lofi fx's are to kill for. lcd display: good to have on an sp but why so small?.?.
this is basically an SP-303 on steroids, in much the same way the SP-808 was an SP-202 on steroids.
to understand the attraction to the Roland/Boss SP-Sampler series you have to know what an SP is: just enough midi/sequencing to get by as a sequencer, just enough audio routing to be a sampler.. but an effects engine beast. consequently where SP's fail you as a sampler you have to make up for those failing with the effects. it forces a lot of creativity out of you.