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Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:22 am
Been thinking about going with a hardware sampler.
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:46 am
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:21 am
If you chose other, what and why?
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:46 am
I choose the Roland S-550. I chose it because it has enough outputs (eight) to assign almost every drum to a dedicated output for individual processing. It also gets points for having a (somewhat hard to find) step seqiencer package. The filters are very good as well, and the graphical editing is a very cool feature, if you can find one of the coveted mice for it. The Akai S-612 can create interesting sounds, but it is way too limited to be any good as a beatbox or drum sampler. It cannot multisample, and the six voice polyphony can be very limiting at times. On top of that the sample times are very short at all but the crunchiest sample rates. Finally, the QuickDisks are an absolute pain in the a*s to find and use.
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:34 am
Check out the Ensoniq Mirage too. Cheap, 8-bit and mono (IIRC they also did a 'fake' stereo version) but it has analogue CEM filters. Good for grainy loops or dropping other lo-fi sounds. I wouldn't have it as your only sampler though if you want to do beats on it, as that mono out becomes a painful limitation. Great as an extra crackly old beast though.
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:04 pm
SP-1200...it just has a great sound to it.
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 5:12 pm
Analog Freak wrote:the graphical editing is a very cool feature, if you can find one of the coveted mice for it.
Rumor has it that the mouse for the S550 is compatible with MSX mice, and although these are difficult to find themselves, they are somewhat easier to get hold of, and there is also a PC-MSX mouse converter circuit floating around on the web somewhere, so in theory, with a little work, you should be able to use a regular PC mouse with the S550...
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:22 pm
The Elektron Machinedrum UW is 12bit - sounds awesome and fits into a modern studio.
Another suggestion though it's 16bit (I think!) is the Casio FZ line of samplers which can be found pretty cheap. They add a very warm sound to any sample.
Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:54 am
does anyone know if the akai mpc-500 can downsample? i know it has some kind of grit/grunge effect, but can it sample at 12-bit?
Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 3:05 am
Ease of use, built-in digital synth features on the SE version, better dsp that the sp1200 and that great crunchy e-mu sound. Still cheap.
Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:52 am
Other: Akai S-900
Reason: Cuz that's where is at, son.
From what I understand though, the MPC-60 is basically a 950 with the MPC sequencer. I think, I don't know.
The S-612 is pretty bad a*s too.