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Based on 7 Reviews and 55 Ratings
portable & hot
great, great sampler. built like a tank. you can do beats on it. sequencer is ok, learn your ways - or resample.. or play live. whatever you feel like doing. you can also store beats on this, play them live etc. only reason to get this over the sx would be the vinyl sim compression. (it's almost as dirty as the 303, but there is a difference - especially when using the knobs in a rapid, live setting..)
Amazing but not for everyone
The 404 is not a 'great' sampler. It's extremely limited and nothing works in any way that is remotely intuitive. But all the limitations of the product make it a great source of creativity and an amazing piece of equipment to write songs on or with. Don't buy this if you don't have the patience, don't buy it if you just want a cheap hardware sampler (MPC 1000, maybe?). But do buy this if you want a box that will force you to think outside of the box. Oh, and the Vinyl Sim Compressor is out of this world.
Preferred Settings + Usage:
THE VINYL SIM COMPRESSOR!!!!
Doesn't get a lot of play anymore, cuz well? Laptops, Ableton, etc. but I've had tons of fun with this little box. Battery powered and has some fun FX. I used to have two of them and that's definitely where I had the most fun – using both of them at the same time. I'm definitely a hardware guy so I'm keepin this last one. Probably should sell it but I know I won't be able to bring myself to.
the sequencer sucks, i have to start by saying that. but it can be used...
besides that, the fx are great, on board mic is included, works with batteries. great portable sampler and super fast workflow. (you can sample perfect loops and fill up a bank in about 5 minutes with a little practice)