SNAMM07: New Roland Sampler

Roland releases their flaghip SP-555 sampler      27/07/07
SNAMM07: New Roland Sampler

Roland has expanded its popular SP Sampler lineup with the new flagship SP-555 Sampling Workstation. It comes complete with 16 velocity sensitive pads, 37 Fantom-quality effects, an exciting new LOOP CAPTURE function, beefed up internal sample memory, and total computer integration with USB MIDI/AUDIO connectivity. Roland say that the new SP-555 is the perfect weapon for artists looking for new ways to get their creativity juices flowing. Here's the rest of what they have to say in their own words:
Created for DJs, loop based performers and sampler junkies alike, the competitively priced SP-555 model offers customers a simple and stress-free approach to beat-making. Whether it be the 555’s down and dirty sampling capabilities that allow users to assign samples directly to individual pads, or the dynamic new LOOP CAPTURE function that allows them to grab spontaneous, live performances this new sampler offers something for everyone looking to carve out their own unique style.
The new LOOP CAPTURE function allows users to sample live audio from the 555’s inputs, (you can also play loops from the pads of course), with real-time effects tweaks. Additionally, artists can connect a footswitch to the SP-555 to activate the LOOP CAPTURE allowing them to stack individual parts on top of one another. The SP-555 makes it easy to build-out phrase loops in real time by simply activating the Overdub Mode.
The SP-555 boasts an expanded internal memory with almost six minutes of stereo sampling time, or to compact flash cards up to 2 gigabytes in size, for a total of over 12 hours of sample time. Like all other SP models, the 555 streams audio in real-time directly from the Compact Flash card, preventing any irritating audio flow interruptions.
The 37 Fantom-quality effects make the SP-555 stand out from the crowd. Effects include classics like the Voice Transformer, Delay and Isolator, and brand new effects like Super Filter, Amp Simulator Step Ring Modulator and DJ FX Looper. The SP-555 can save custom effects settings to the Effect Memory section and recall patches directly from the pads.
In addition to an army of button and knobs, the new SP-555 also contains Roland’s proprietary V-Link and D-Beam technologies giving beat makers new and organic ways to tweak their samples in a live setting, or in the studio.
Thanks to the onboard USB-MIDI/AUDIO and bundled Cakewalk SONAR LE and Wave Converter software, artists can easily fly beats and sounds back and forth from their laptops with stress-free ease.
In addition to the newest enhancements, the SP-555 shares the same standard feature sets and functions found in the SP-404, including tap tempo, a low-fi sampling mode, and onboard mic and I/O.
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    7 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
    ZZZZzzzzZZZ    Said...

    Wow - its like going back in time 10 years! A new hardware sampler! Did Roland forget to put their clocks forward?!

    04-Aug-07 12:53 PM


    I feel sorry for you, keep making beats on Floops then since its got u thinking you're the best producer in th eworld now

    06-Aug-07 05:52 PM

    ZZZZzzzzZZZ    Said...

    Congrats on using a computer to reply instead of a typewriter though :).

    Just kiddin'. Each to their own.

    07-Aug-07 07:11 AM    Said...

    I never understood the concept of "flying loops" in real time. I hear a jumbled mess any time I've tried it using my own, if ya don't have your samples worked out ahead of time, it is just noise so what's the point of using this box live if what your are putting into it is already on yourlaptop and you can throw it into ableton live? The Only thing this will do is lock them in tempo if the loop point is soldi, but if not, I doubt it will work well will it automatically put your improvised samples in KEY? No pun intended, but that IS the KEY to having things work. Ableton live have this down but only to the extent that they provide you with a lot of pre-polisded sounds with the package to get going so it gives one the 'impression' from the get go that it works tremendously well. The sound folks at Ableton did a lot of work putting their stuff together so it would work, but unfortunately this means that you and everyone else running Live from the box is going to be using the same sounds unless you really start experimenting or getting the old sample cd's out and collaging. I use an Roland MC 909 that I bought used and I must admit, even with variphrase, the sounds are already dated and have little manipulation factor on the synth side and even with all the goodies, there is no getting around good old fashioned creativity and work to make samples come together for that speacial "Je ne sais quoi". I have oft too often gotten caught up in the latest gizmo and spent more time in the learning curve than actually stretching what I do own to its fullest potential. There are guys out there making tracks that bang with their old MPC 60's. It is always going to amount to what you do with what you got rather than hoping what you get into will make your tracks better, which just aint the case. No new gizmo is ever gonna make the work of sweatin out a good track any easier. This new unit is NOT going to change the world, so if you have a sampler or a laptop, you'd fare better in using REASON Dr. Rex or Live and take the money you'd spend on this and invest in TC Powercore firewire portable and throw in the Access Virus for Powercore and slam some dope tracks within your favorite Rewire capable sequencer (of which there are many cheap options)

    10-Aug-07 11:43 PM

    Mercymercy    Said...

    I was playing with this thing a week ago and it CRASHED trying to capture a voice sample using the on board mic. !!??!! NOT a good way to start out. As far as hardware to software? I own three powerbooks, two ibooks, 2 thinkpads, only posers have computers on stage!! UNLESS it is an ATARI or you are in a laptop battle. Anyone who thinks different, never performed on stage. Hardware "should not" crash... I thought! Although I must say the D-beam to trigger a sample is fun for the stage or club.

    04-Oct-07 09:39 PM

    John    Said...

    I downsized from a dedicated computer soundcard to a Roland SP-555 because, although more technically limiting, it's enjoyable to use and be creative with. I'm no Luddite, but I am a musician and this thing serves me!

    20-Dec-07 12:13 PM

    John    Said...

    I downsized from a dedicated computer soundcard to a Roland SP-555 because, although more technically limiting, it's enjoyable to use and be creative with. I'm no Luddite, but I am a musician and this thing serves me!

    20-Dec-07 12:14 PM

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