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Boss SP303

Post by Architecture » Fri May 29, 2009 11:19 pm

I have been interested in one of these since they came out years ago. My intention for one is one its a small portible sampler, yea doesnt have battery power but thats an easy remedy. I also like the fact that its a bit lo-fi in general, and has built in FX's. Any SP303 owners on this forum? I was wanting to use it for making sample based hip-hop.

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Re: Boss SP303

Post by Hugo76 » Sat May 30, 2009 12:52 pm

Architecture:
I too was considering this box some years back. Now I've finally picked up an SP-606, and must say I'm very content. The SP-606 is a bit more sophisticated, but shares the same basic structure. The only real problem with the SP-303 from my viewpoint is the fact that it uses SmartMedia for storage. These are out of production, and pretty expensive on the second hand market (well, not hideously expensive...).

There is a forum dedicated to the SP series, maybe you can find some more info there:
http://sp-forums.com

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Re: Boss SP303

Post by JSRockit » Sun May 31, 2009 5:45 pm

The 404 is the better machine despite the famous users who use the 303. The 404 looks wack, but it is like having a 303 with CF Cards and more sampling time.
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Post by Architecture » Sun May 31, 2009 7:00 pm

Something I have been reading on the SP forum is the fact that the SM cards are starting to corrupt, causing alot of problems for users of the 303's. I mean i found at least 2-5 references to dying 303's within like the first page. That honestly kinda scares me, as I would have to drop 250 dollars on a machine that could die at any moment.

I also hear that the 303 has a "warmer" and grittier sound than the 404, my main attraction to the 303 was the gritty low sample rate option on it, but i hear alot of people just resample with the lo-fi effect and just use that instead.

not to mention the 404 is battery powered. :D

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Re: Boss SP303

Post by meatballfulton » Sun May 31, 2009 8:47 pm

Flash memory has limited read/write life. Yes, it wears out. This is one of the curses of the digital miracle, hardware made obsolete simply because the storage media cannot be found.

If you really can't afford a 404, don't pay over $100 for a 303 since you'll need the money to buy up all the SM cards you can afford.

Warmer just means less high end.

Grittier just means lower sample rate/resolution or funkier data compression (all SPs use data compression).
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Re: Boss SP303

Post by JSRockit » Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:10 am

Architecture wrote: I also hear that the 303 has a "warmer" and grittier sound than the 404, my main attraction to the 303 was the gritty low sample rate option on it
It's not a really cool sounding lo-fi like old samplers... it is no big deal really.
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Re: Boss SP303

Post by Architecture » Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:13 am

I returned the SP-12 since the unit wasnt fully functional, and 750 dollars for it was an absolute rip off. I'll probably go with an Emax 1 if I get another Emu sampler. an Sp-1200 would be ideal, but i'll go with an Emax instead.

But yea, something portible and fun would also be pretty cool too. I would imagine 1gb is a waste for a 404, might as well go with a smaller CF card in that case.

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Re: Boss SP303

Post by gloko » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:20 pm

if you are into 90 boom bap then it's a BIG DEAL ! ;)

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Re: Boss SP303

Post by cartesia » Tue Sep 22, 2009 5:56 am

yeah, the sp-303 definitely has a unique sound character compared to the 404.

depends if you want the features of the 404, or just basic sampling + the colour of the 303

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Re: Boss SP303

Post by gmeredith » Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:32 am

SM cards are starting to corrupt
If this is your only concern but would otherwise want the SP303 over the others, you can get a SM-to-SD card adapter and do away with the SM forever. The only question will be if the 303 will recognise and format the SD cards, since they are all much bigger in capacity than the SM cards were. There may be some card size limitation on the 303. I'm sure someone out there has done this with SM card equipment before.

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Re: Boss SP303

Post by Dietrich » Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:06 am

Usually a SmartMedia to XD adapter and XD card is used. This works with a 128 MB XD card on the Electribes.

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