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Boss SP-505

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:14 pm
by jeeroj
I'm getting one of these as part of a trade, does anyone have much experience with these?
is there a massive difference between these and the roland branded ones?
Are they easy to work with or just worth flipping on?

Re: Boss SP-505

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:41 pm
by Hugo76
I may be wrong, but I think the SP-505 is the only one of the SP-samplers that can play a sample chromatically.

Re: Boss SP-505

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:26 pm
by Headphones.40
It definately can, but the sample has to be mono.

Re: Boss SP-505

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:21 pm
by somebedroomdj
I miss my 505 and will probably buy another one in the near future. If you get a 64mb card to use with it, you get a ton of sampling time and can hold like 500 samples or so. 4 track sequencer is nice (no midi is output from it though, if I recall). Pretty simple to use but quite sluggish when it comes to loading or editing. Oh, and speaking of editing, the waveform view is great!

The effects are pretty good, but very rudimentary (i.e., you can't save patches).

It makes a nice "sampletank" for holding tons of stuff and, while geared toward phrases, you can tap out a drum pattern on it too (unlike my SP-808 which freaks out when attempting this). $120 or so, I'd recommend it.

**just realized this thread is pretty old but I'll post anyway for posterity or whatever. Not much going on in this subforum these days anyway I suppose.**

Re: Boss SP-505

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:51 pm
by Hugo76
I would choose the 606 over the 505, if it came down to it. The 505 does have the advantage of playing back samples chromatically, but I think the 606's strenghts gives it the edge overall.

Re: Boss SP-505

Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:22 am
by Headphones.40
I had a 606, but I didn't jell with it to well, when I accidently deleted all the internal sounds. (When I was only trying to get rid of a sample). :o But I did like the dual effects processor, so if I found a 606, I might give it another shot if it's got the better sequencer and can slave other gear (If the 505 doesn't do that). But for now, the 505 will do the job once I get it home.

Re: Boss SP-505

Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:39 am
by Hugo76
Headphones.40 wrote:I had a 606, but I didn't jell with it to well, when I accidently deleted all the internal sounds. (When I was only trying to get rid of a sample). :o But I did like the dual effects processor, so if I found a 606, I might give it another shot if it's got the better sequencer and can slave other gear (If the 505 doesn't do that). But for now, the 505 will do the job once I get it home.
I actually found the sequencer to be very capable and straightforward, although I haven't used it in a while. The dual effects are great, as is the d-beam and up to 512mb of storage (which, due to the data compression would be like four times he amount in practise? Not sure how reduced the samples really are, anyone know?)

Re: Boss SP-505

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:43 am
by Headphones.40
One thing I've noticed about the 505, is you can't just jump into it like the 202/303. You need the instruction manual, so that you know how to sample, select the right clipboard, auto-chop samples into pitch, so that you can play them chromaticly with a keyboard, etc...But all you need to do is dl the pdf manual, grab a beer or a soda, and just sit down with this thing. Once you know how to do the functions such as sampling, sequencing, wave form editing, etc, is when you can start to add your other gear in, and once you do that, MAN this thing starts to breath new life into your old gear.

I plugged a Korg Kaosspad mini synth to it, and I could use the touch pad of the Kaoss to make some bass or synth lines, that I could just sample onto any of the 16 pads of the 505. You can sample with an effect on or off, depending on the sounds you want. If you sample in lo-fi mono, they get a little bit of bit crushed crunch tossed in, so you can get close to a SP-1200 almost. I'm having so much fun with it, I might want to get a 2nd one!

Re: Boss SP-505

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:25 am
by treezyz
to the above posters recommending the 606 over the 505, the 606s chop feature negates all the positives (mute groups etc) IMO unless you are chopping outside of the SP. the 606 auto-chop is horrible, and the manual chop took so long that it made me not want to try chopping questionable samples, in other words it ****ed up my creativity to a degree.

if you're not planning on doing chops on the SP by all means get the 606 though.

a tip for the 303 and 505: use a small card (16mb is best, 32mb 2nd) for FAR faster processing. the 16mb will still get you 8 minutes of sampling (if i remember correctly) at HQ mono. half that for stereo.