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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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BN a hobbyist user from lala land writes:
Its fun and it does what its supposed to do (and very well I might add). No SCSI port is kind of a downer, but you pay for what you get.I would have gladly payed an extra couple hundred for a Zip drive and a few extra features, but I guess you just end up with an MPC2000. You will, of course, need to get the memory expanded. Tap button is a great freature for easy rolls.This thing beats the pants off ANY other budget phrase sampler (e.g. sp-202,what the hell is Roland thinking?!? ), dont waste your time with that crap. Dont listen to anyone when they say this is a good first sampler, buy what you want. If you want a studio sampler as your first, then buy one! Maybe save a little longer for an ESI4000, its an amazing sampler.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-24-1999 at 00:09
DJLord from Finland writes:
Great sound quality, easy to use, best budget sampler (sp-202, su10).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-26-1999 at 06:36
Larry a part-timer user from USA writes:
It's a good sampler, but getting it to respond in multi-mode is a pain in the ass. Not very user friendly. It hogs up all your MIDI channels. I suppose for studio work it's fine, but in a live situation, not very cool. But you still can't beat it for the price. Especially what i paid for it=0) $275 fully expanded. Anyone have an easier solution?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-28-1999 at 00:23
jon a part-timer user from us writes:
My experience with this machine has led me to one conclusion: cool as fuck! This was my first sampler and is perfect for those that are new to the sample-surgery deal. I bought it fully loaded with the extra memory, which is worth the money ($50-$70U.S.) i would say. I still use mine all the time (mainly cause i am broke!), and it does a good job on what its supposed to do, which is being the MPC2000's little sister. creating crazy drum loops ala-aphex-twin can be a little difficult at first, but its not really that hard once you get the hang of how too use the beat and sample tempo controls. If your looking for a affordable sampler thats not gimmiky like the SP-202(which uses salary-eating smart media cards for extra memory), then this is the one for you.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-18-1999 at 17:04
Ferg a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I've had mine for about 2 months and it's everything I expected it to be. For the money I don't see how you can do better, though the lack of filters is a bit of a pain. It means that it's very tempting to just use it as a drum machine, which could just as well be done by a much less powerful machine. Can't expect SCSI on a machine this cheap and it does have many positive attributes, not least of which being the ease of editting.

Perhaps someone could tell me how exactly how they are transfering files from their computer to an S20-formatted disk. Are you saving S files or A files?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-05-1999 at 01:15
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