Village Voice on Public Enemy, the SP 1200 and the joy of old music gear

Ben Detrick writes in the Village Voice about the 20th anniversary of the venerable SP 1200. Here's Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee: "One day I was playing 'Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos' and it came out real muffled. I couldn't hear any of the high-end part of it. I found out that if you put the phono or quarter-inch jack halfway in, it filters the high frequency. Now I just got the bass part of the sample. I was like, 'Oh, shit, this is the craziest thing on the planet!'" (Picture shows KRS-One in the PE t-shirt at the SP 1200) (Thanks, Douglas)

I would have thought putting the jack half-way in is more likely to result in out-of-phase stereo than acting as a low pass filter, but then again I'm not an internationally acclaimed rap star.
Dude made 'Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos'... If he says it was low pass, it was low pass!
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One thing i've found that never gets focused on is how easy the sp1200 is to use. All the sample editing is done with the sliders. It makes it more intuitive that waiting for a waveform to draw (like on the mpc 2000 and newer).
"waiting for a waveform to draw"

It's much faster on the mpc 2500. Not to mention mem access, storage, and loading on the 2500. You can edit with the sliders on the 2500.

Technology has come a long way in 20 years. Exponentially.

The jack was probably mono.

Though I just met a friend of my brother who has an sp1200. I've yet to go and hear it.
The guy on the left.

a. Stoned out of his mind.
b. Wondering what the hell bpm stands for.
c. Waiting for the cowbell.
NO but didn't the SP1200 did have dual filtered-unfiltered output jacks? I believe the filtered part was on the RING connection of a TRS cable and the unfiltered output was the TIP connection. I think most folks never understood that. It was a weird design but it probably sounded rad.

Am i remembering wrong?
...and i think the point of the design was to allow you to filter OUT some of that tasty aliasing noise on certain channels.
Hey, the guy on the far left looks like Kumar's dad.

"Dude, that's gotta stand for Black Pussy Magnet, you know it does, dude, just press it and see what comes out!"
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i agree things may be easier to do in newer MPC's because of increased processing speed and more memory but akai samplers from the early 12bit ones to the newer ones lack one feature that nothing else but original EMU technology has been able to achieve. Filters.
the reason why people achieved that unique sound from the 1200's is the filters: Outputs 1 and 2 have fast decaying low-pass filters, 3 to 6 have static low-pass filters that slightly dull the top end, and 7 and 8 are unfiltered outs. This is one of the reasons why these units still go for 1000+ in good condition.
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