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Roland SP-808

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The SP-808 Groove Sampler is the first product of its kind—a sampling and recording workstation which is one part professional-quality phrase sampler; one part hard disk audio recorder. Developed to meet the needs of a growing "remix" and sampling-based music market, the SP-808 provides everything DJs, sampling musicians and remix artists need to lay down fat grooves and create professional-quality remixes.

Professional remix-oriented phrase sampler/hard disk audio recorder with 8 tracks (4 stereo audio tracks) and 16 assignable sample pads per bank (64 banks total)

Built-in Zip drive records all audio tracks and stores all samples on removable 100MB Zip disks; 64 minutes/1024 samples can be stored on a single disk, ready for instant access

Remix-oriented features include automatic tempo calculation and display, resampling functions and time stretch functions

Onboard dance-music oriented effects include high-quality Roland reverb, chorus and delay effects as well as "Lo-fi," "Wah," "Isolator" and synth effects

Onboard Step Modulator effect simulates a classic Roland analog synth, modulating pitch, LFO, etc. in sequential steps

Revolutionary Dual D-Beam Controller allows for effects and sample control via hand and body movement over infrared light beam
Three assignable control knobs for realtime effects control

Can be used as a basic digital multi-track recorder

Optional I/O board transfers all audio in the digital domain and provides 6 additional analog outputs

Note that this product is no longer in production. Similar capabilties can be found in the SP-808EX e-Mix Studio.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Sampling, Virtual Analog
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: Pulse Variable, Saw Up, Square, Sub Oscillator, Triangle, White Noise
Osc Modulation: Continuous Controller, D-Beam, Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Pedal, Ring Modulation, Sequencer, Velocity
Sampling: 44.1 kHz
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters: 1
Types: Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Notch, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Sequencer, Velocity
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Down, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Freerun, Key Sync
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 16
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 16
Storage: Flash Card, Hard Drive, Internal
Editing: MIDI, SCSI
2,000 notes
Case: Desktop
Keyboard: Buttons, Pads, Plastic
Controls: Modulation - Audio Input, Buttons, Faders, Knobs, Pedal - Patch Change, Sequencer, Tempo Knob, Velocity
Display Type: LCD
Display Count H: 69
Display Count V: 25
Dimensions (WxDxH): 394 x 343 x 99 mm
Weight: 4.3 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, RCA, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 5
Inputs: 2 x RCA inputs, 1 x 1/4" Mic input
Power: 21 w
Year Released: 1998
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Used Price: $199-$330 - convert
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