Roland SP-404 pocket sized, battery powered sampler

The SP-404 is new from Roland - a little sampler with built in effects and sequencer, a bit like a tiny Akai MPC. It replaces the well-recieved SP-303 (here is a nice shot of Saul Williams' DJ playing live with just a SP-303 and a CD walkman), and revives a couple of features that were on the original SP-202 - battery power and a built in microphone for lo-fi on-the-go sampling. No price yet, but should be around £300. (via GearJunkies)
UPDATE: My geek powers failed me, and I missed the most crucial part of the story. Over to Drew: "Holy crap, Roland finally made a 404! For those that don't know: Roland made the famous x0x machines in the 80's - there's a 101, a 202, 303, 505, 606, 707, 808, 909... but no 404! The reason was that the Japanese word for 'four' and their word for 'death' are very similar - four is considered an unlucky number, like 13 in western society..."


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Holy crap, Roland finally made a 404!

(for those that don't know: Roland made the famous x0x machines in the 80's - there's a 101, a 202, 303, 505, 606, 707, 808, 909... but no 404! The reason was that the Japanese word for 'four' and their word for 'death' are very similar - four is considered an unlucky number, like 13 in western society...)
 
Great fact Drew. This sampler looks pretty cool. I have Yamaha SU10 portable sampler but it has no removable storage. You have to use midi dump/sysex to store your work which is a real pain. And in fact it never works with my pro Tools or sysex software.

I was gonna get a Edirol portable recorder but i might just get one of these instead.
 
huh, page not found...

Just kidding. I crack my self up.
 
Looks like those start/end points are still gonna be a pain in the....

I really dread dooing that by ear! (ala Akai s2000)

loop loop loolololololllllllll

404 is my phone area code tho' YAYAYAYAY!!!

ATL ATL ATL

aiiiight
 
Heh! Very cool. I mentioned the “Curse of 4” in my EM review of the Boss SP-505. (Audio examples here). In fact, a Roland exec once told me that the company would never make a product with a 4 in the title. I wonder what happened?

P.S.—For battery-powered sampling, I settled on a MadWaves MadPlayer. With a Smartmedia card, it holds 128MB of nameable samples. They’re out of production now, but you can get the final ones for as little as $49 online.
 
That looks pretty neat. I've got an SP-202 that I picked up in Japan in 1998. I used it on a wild tour of Poland in 1999, improvising alongside a Polish jazz/rock band - even using the mic to sample them on the fly as we played. Lots of fun.

Hey David Battino - I'd love a heads up on where to get a cheap Madplayer. I listen to a daily podcast, The Overnightscape, and the guy who does it uses a Madplayer to generate the background music on the fly.
 
since every linkback seems to want to hold any information captive, here's a link to the roland page for anybody who wants to see the announcement for real:
 
http://www.roland.com/products/en/SP-404/
 
Re MadPlayer: I found the $49 one on Froogle. I paid $99 (plus shipping) for mine 18 months ago. I think they were originally around $300.

It’s not just a sampler, either—more like the love child of a Game Boy and Band-in-a-Box: a handheld synth module with algorithmic music generation, an MP3/WMA player, and an FM radio (which you can sample). It also works as a USB MIDI module and streams its audio output over USB to your hard drive. And it plays MIDI karaoke files. And it has a microphone headset with a voice changer.

It was actually designed as a hip technology demo for a software company; the algorithmic technology is now in some cell phones. Paul Lehrman wrote a semihysterical column about it Mix, acting like it was the musical Antichrist, after I told him about it. Pretty funny.
 
I;m interested in the mad player. How much can you manipulate the samples?
 
Also, regarding the Madplayer, which place was it purchased from? Some of those places have pretty shitty reseller ratings, so I'd like to know what actually shipped the product :)
 
Actually according to several sources, Roland was at least prototyping a TR-404 of all things possible back in the day.

The same sources informed that some pre-production models are floating around... at least one, if not two sample cd makers have even included samples from such a thing in their collections. Whether these have any basis on reality is another thing...
 
That Roland 4 thing is total bollocks!
Or is the 1979 Jupiter 4 just a figment of my imagination????

LOL
 
Fuck a madplayer... the SP-404 is the real deal.
 
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