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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.
    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
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    Power: 21 w
    Year Released: 1998
    Manuals & Documents
    Used Price: $199-$330 - convert
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