Smallest chromatic samplers?

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Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by pricklyrobot » Wed May 11, 2011 12:55 am

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I tried searching for this, but just kept turning up groove-boxes. I was just wondering what, if any, compact (i.e. desktop as opposed to rackmount) samplers are out there that can do chromatic sampling (as opposed to the percussion/one-shot oriented stuff of most groove-box type samplers).
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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by nogginj » Wed May 11, 2011 1:02 am

akai s-20 can do that. you have to have a midi keyboard/seq connected though, you cannot do it from the box alone.

funny because this thing is definitely marketed as a 'groove box' 'one-shot' 'loop' sampler.

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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by tallowwaters » Wed May 11, 2011 1:45 am

Only thing I can think of is the V Synth XT, which kind of doesn't fit in with your criteria.

The ESX and Microsampler can sample chromatically, as I am sure you well aware, but it isn't their forte.
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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by pricklyrobot » Wed May 11, 2011 1:55 am

Yeah, I guess it's probably a market that never really happened. Hardware samplers were on the way out at the same time desktop sized stuff was starting to get popular.

I suppose the Blofeld, with the upgrade, sort of fits the bill.
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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by cornutt » Wed May 11, 2011 2:13 am

There's the Korg Microsampler. Still available from Sweetwater, to name one.
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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by THEODICY » Wed May 11, 2011 4:27 am

The Octatrack can do this now. Hopefully there will be a polymode implemented in the future! Instant 8 voice synth :)

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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by harness » Wed May 11, 2011 4:34 am

mpc 1000 with JJOS?
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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by gmeredith » Wed May 11, 2011 4:46 am

Casio SK1? :lol:
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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by pricklyrobot » Wed May 11, 2011 2:27 pm

gmeredith wrote:Casio SK1? :lol:
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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by Hugo76 » Thu May 12, 2011 12:08 am

I think the SP-505 can pitch samples chromatically.

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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by balma » Thu May 12, 2011 12:58 am

tallowwaters wrote:Only thing I can think of is the V Synth XT, which kind of doesn't fit in with your criteria.

The ESX and Microsampler can sample chromatically, as I am sure you well aware, but it isn't their forte.
I thinl they have only three "chromatic" tracks stretch part 1 & 2 and the slice track. An they can´t be played on scale notes. the keyboard parts 1 and 2 can be played on scale notes but the sounds´ length will increase or decrease as you play over the octaves.

The Roland VP9000 can manipulate samples with the variphrase technology. But they are not so easy to get and normally cost $500-600.
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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by blavatsky » Thu May 12, 2011 3:19 am

microsampler in keyboard mode does the pitch stretch thing (high notes are chipmunky, etc) but you can also use regular sampler mode and say use 12 samples and it will "fill-in" the gaps to give you 36 chromatic notes. Or if you are patient, put all 36 notes on there and have zero stretch/chipmunk effect.

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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by pricklyrobot » Thu May 12, 2011 3:39 am

Some interesting replies. Thanks.

I'm looking at doing more collaborating (maybe eventually gigs) in the future, so I was trying to think of something that's easier to lug out of the house than the A-3000.

I'm kind of curious to try out the MicroSampler (sample from my A-3000 to it, perhaps?), despite the very mixed opinions. Maybe the the MkII will exist once I've paid off my Musician's Friend card in a couple of months, and I'm ready for another 12-months no-interest purchase. ;)
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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by tallowwaters » Thu May 12, 2011 1:03 pm

pricklyrobot wrote:Some interesting replies. Thanks.

I'm looking at doing more collaborating (maybe eventually gigs) in the future, so I was trying to think of something that's easier to lug out of the house than the A-3000.

I'm kind of curious to try out the MicroSampler (sample from my A-3000 to it, perhaps?), despite the very mixed opinions. Maybe the the MkII will exist once I've paid off my Musician's Friend card in a couple of months, and I'm ready for another 12-months no-interest purchase. ;)

I picked one up in hopes of using it as a chromatic/keyboard sampler, and it f**k sucked in that regard.
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Re: Smallest chromatic samplers?

Post by tallowwaters » Thu May 12, 2011 1:04 pm

Oh, just hit me - Roland DJ 70. Not tiny, but about as small as you are going to get keyboard sampler wise.
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