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need help choosing a sampler

Post by derma_tek » Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:08 pm

heya guys,

i could use some help picking a hardware sampler.
so what im looking for something to load up with my one shot drum samples

-easy previewing, or ease of switching sounds
-modern means of file transfer from computer to sampler [ie. usb, media card, not smart media, or be able to hook up a cd rom drive rather painlessly]
-i need to be able to trigger the samples with midi
-really don't want to spend more than $400, new or used it's all the same to me
-clean sound or flavor adding sound isn't a huge deal, either or is fine
-easy to understand editing, i don't mind menus as loong as it all makes sense :)

anyway fire away, what suits my needs?

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Re: need help choosing a sampler

Post by Ashe37 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:47 pm

Don't like your ESX?

Roland SP404/505/606 line is likely what you're looking for.

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Re: need help choosing a sampler

Post by derma_tek » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:33 pm

Ashe37 wrote:Don't like your ESX?

Roland SP404/505/606 line is likely what you're looking for.
actually i dont have the esx anymore i just forgot to update my signature :) but yeah in truth i never really enjoyed using it, i love the korg sequencer, but i sequence in logic, so it just sort of went waste, or just noodled around with it, plus the whole smart media thing sucked, and was a chore to load up.

i was looking at the new sp404sx and mpc500 both seem like they might be worth checking out, was just curious to see what you guys all thought

sp606 looks like it might be a winner though, thanks for the help ;)

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Re: need help choosing a sampler

Post by Ashe37 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:46 pm

Using an mpc500 as just a drum sample machine seems like kind of a waste. Half the 'deal' of it is supposed to be mpc sequencing.

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Re: need help choosing a sampler

Post by alspacka » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:24 pm

any reason why you won't/can't use Logic for this as well as sequencing? just wondering.

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Re: need help choosing a sampler

Post by cartesia » Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:07 am

Ashe37 wrote:Using an mpc500 as just a drum sample machine seems like kind of a waste. Half the 'deal' of it is supposed to be mpc sequencing.
Expecting to power-use an MPC500 is a bit over the top. unfortunately due to the screen switch from the other MPCs it's extremely difficult to menu dive and program - Sequencing it is a slow process unless you're just recording your live playing


The newer akai S2000/3000/etc samplers can be had really really cheap on ebay, They are powerful, and have decent interfaces.

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Re: need help choosing a sampler

Post by speak_onion » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:29 pm

cartesia wrote:The newer akai S2000/3000/etc samplers can be had really really cheap on ebay, They are powerful, and have decent interfaces.
Is there a way to get samples into those quickly and easily from a modern computer?

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Re: need help choosing a sampler

Post by cartesia » Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:39 am

Most are pretty oldschool - floppy drive or transfer via midi I believe.
As a sidenote similar to the akais there are the yamaha & e-mu rack samplers as well (not as good a UI though on them)

For alot of the akais you can replace the hard drive or CD drive upgrade point with a compact flash drive

here's details
http://www.scsiforsamplers.com/allpackages.asp
(some internal, some external)

I think some of the newer ones have a USB port (s5000+)

I know it's not really ideal but the pricepoint you want is pretty limiting.

I guess you miiight be able to find an MPC2000, but again it only has old transfer options without an upgrade.
Also the RS7000 can be upgraded to use a CF card I *think*.. you'd have to check that.

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Re: need help choosing a sampler

Post by Ashe37 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:34 am

Later Emu rackmount samplers can read DOS formatted floppies and removable media, including hard drives, zip/jaz drives, and CF cards with a SCSI CF card reader like the one from SCSIforSamplers.

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Re: need help choosing a sampler

Post by Stab Frenzy » Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:16 am

speak_onion wrote:
cartesia wrote:The newer akai S2000/3000/etc samplers can be had really really cheap on ebay, They are powerful, and have decent interfaces.
Is there a way to get samples into those quickly and easily from a modern computer?
Noooooo! Stay away. They're overkill for simple drum sampling duties, and the S2000 has a shocking interface.

Go for the SP-404SX or a modern MPC of some variety, (500, 1000, 2500) if you want something that will easily work with modern computers. The 404SX and the MPC1000 can often both be found under $400, go for one of those.

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