Your opinion on Roland S-770?

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Your opinion on Roland S-770?

Post by Meso » Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:27 pm

Hi all

I was offered a Roland S-770 with a Monitor and cd drive for ~$200

first off, is that considered a good deal?

Secondly are they any good?

I have no experience with hardware samplers and have been wanting one for a while now, mainly been looking at old Akai 's' series samplers and E-mu's, but thinking about taking the Roland thinking it would be an "easy" first sampler with the huge screen instead of the tiny lcd's on the Akai racks.

Any input greatly appreciated.

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Post by aeon » Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:48 pm

It depends on your desired workflow and if it will come with any libraries.

One thing is for sure - the Roland S-770 was built to a price-is-no-object professional standard back in its day, and in terms of sound quality, is as good as any sampler ever made, or so is said by those who have used it alongside the best Emulators, Fairlights, and Synclaviers.


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Post by portland » Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:51 am

That's quite a lot of sampler for $200. A good deal.

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Post by crystalmsc » Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:49 pm

if everything works well, that's a good deal. don't forget to ask that he might have the mouse laying somewhere :)
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Post by Meso » Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:47 pm

Thanks for the replies

I just picked it up and it came with a RGB monitor, mouse, a CD rom/syquest removable hard disk drive and 3 Roland hard drives and 3 unlabeled ones.
It looks great, just have to make room for it before I try it out,
this guy was cleaning out his storage and I just bought everything he had in there, well all the audio gear at least :P

Another question though, I'm guessing it uses some special Roland type samples, does anyone know if there is an easy way of converting wav samples to the roland type?
My Googling yielded no results.

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Post by crystalmsc » Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:34 am

Meso wrote:does anyone know if there is an easy way of converting wav samples to the roland type?
check out the chickesys translator. Try the free version first as it might give some impression of what it can do. Make sure to drop by to the Sgroup forum for more materials.
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Post by Meso » Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:28 am

crystalmsc wrote:
Meso wrote:does anyone know if there is an easy way of converting wav samples to the roland type?
check out the chickesys translator. Try the free version first as it might already able to do that.
Thanks, thats exactly what I was looking for.

Now I just have to learn how to use the damn thing, good thing it came with the manual :)

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Post by V301H » Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:40 am

I bought one of the very first S770's through a factory-direct connection at Roland. Even so I still paid over $5000 for it(list price was about $8000). It has always sounded great and never needed any servicing. I used it on stage for years even though it was a bit cumbersome to carry around. These days I use Roland S760's which are much smaller, have twice the memory, and load Akai samples. You really can't go wrong for $200 if the S770 works well. I would recommend at some point getting an S760 to go with it for increased capacity and Akai compatibility. S760's often sell for around $200 or less.
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Post by aeon » Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:23 am

Yeah, I bought a blown-out S-760 with a shed-load of libraries for $200. I love the S-7xx/JD filter sound.

I'd still enjoy checking out a S-770.


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Post by Escobar » Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:22 pm

I love my S-770, the sound is BIG whatever you sample. I bought one because I like the idea of connecting a monitor instead of using the 'tiny' display. The GUI-interface is intuitive. I've just started to scratch the surface of what it is capable of doing. It can read DOS formated disks so upgrading the OS is not a big problem if you need to do that.
I need to get a RGB-cable, for now I'm stuck with b/w display :roll:
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Post by Meso » Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:00 pm

Thanks for all your comments guys,

I'm really happy with the s-770 so far, It sounds great and its in perfect condition.
If I get another sampler it won't be a s-760, I would like to get a lo-fi 12bit sampler to go along with the pristine sounding s-770 :)

plus its not like I have a lot of options when looking for used samplers where I live,
most likely will have to have it shipped from overseas as I live on a little island in the middle of the atlantic :P

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Post by crystalmsc » Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:59 pm

Meso wrote:I would like to get a lo-fi 12bit sampler to go along with the pristine sounding s-770 :)
the S-50 with the monitor and digitizing tablet options going to be a nice addition :wink: other than that the W-30 is also tempting, listen to some of the demos: 1, 2 and look at the great page . and make sure to read SOS article about Roland's 12 bit sampler.
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Post by hageir » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:55 pm

Meso wrote:Thanks for all your comments guys,

I'm really happy with the s-770 so far, It sounds great and its in perfect condition.
If I get another sampler it won't be a s-760, I would like to get a lo-fi 12bit sampler to go along with the pristine sounding s-770 :)

plus its not like I have a lot of options when looking for used samplers where I live,
most likely will have to have it shipped from overseas as I live on a little island in the middle of the atlantic :P
how about my local Akai s750? it's 12 bit ;)
heh
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Post by Meso » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:51 am

hageir wrote:
Meso wrote:Thanks for all your comments guys,

I'm really happy with the s-770 so far, It sounds great and its in perfect condition.
If I get another sampler it won't be a s-760, I would like to get a lo-fi 12bit sampler to go along with the pristine sounding s-770 :)

plus its not like I have a lot of options when looking for used samplers where I live,
most likely will have to have it shipped from overseas as I live on a little island in the middle of the atlantic :P
how about my local Akai s750? it's 12 bit ;)
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Akai S750? Don't you mean Akai S700?

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