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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Domenic a hobbyist user from New Jersey writes:
It's not perfect, but I got one off ebay for $125 dollars and it's worth it. I've been using it as a loop phrase machine. I will sample some parts of a song and then I will mix them in with my Korg EM-1 and my synths. It's fun, plus it's portable and will run on batteries. I have a 2MB card with it, but it takes the older 5V SM cards which are very hard to find these days. This is my first sampler and I'm happy with it. When I start getting more serious with sampling, then I will buy a better one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-04-2003 at 03:10
simon from ft. laud, FL writes:
It's small, cheap, does what it supposed to do. It's very good for sampling voices and then you change the tempo, place delay, filter, you can even reverse in realtime. You can also tell it to record in a specific BPM so your drum loops sound perfect. It's very handy little sampler, if you don't know, ask Fatboy Slim he uses it.

It's nice to have this and another sampler, like mpc 2000, which I will buy one day. This works fine with my sp-808 and rm1x and mc505. I need to get myself a Nord Lead though.

Keep the music coming, peace. Visit:

www.stylexs.cjb.net - for my sounds.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-19-2002 at 15:24
Reid Elliott a professional user from Australia writes:
Compared to what you can do with a computer these days, this thing may seem dated. But... there is something fantastically cool about this box. You will come up with stuff using this that you would never think of using the more flash software apps of today. And it's great to use live because it's so portable (imagine three DVD cases stacked on top of each other) and wont screw up on you like a computer will.

It's great for triggering weird noises and vocal samples live. Sampling in lofi and playing it live on recorded work will give you an F. off grungy lofi feel. This is what I go for so it works well. Probably not too useful for slick and tidy dance music, but that's not what I do. Get one if you are into experimenting and playing around.

King Crimson's drummer uses one of these to play weird ambient intros to one of their songs live.

The best lines I've sampled with it were from a William Burroughs spoken word CD where he says, "The Supreme Court came to consist of nine purple assed baboons." And, "We have a minor problem in the boiler room but everything is now under the sound effects of a nuclear blast." Nice.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-18-2002 at 20:49
peter brown a part-time user from uk writes:
this is wicked for dj`s dropping speech samples. using the gated pads you can drop little snippets of the sample before playing it all. also great for practicing scratching to as you can loop a beat forever!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-14-2002 at 21:54
JC a part-time user from USA writes:
Easily the BEST mini sampler hands down!! The only drawback is that the SP-202 uses those darn 5v smartmedia cards which are almost impossible to find now....everything has switched over to 3.3v cards now. So, other than that factor, this thing rules!! For now, you can still get the 5v cards on eBay here and there, but probably not in the very near future. So, I would not recommend getting this unit without some extra cards. Just look for a deal that includes a couple of em. Sometimes, it doesnt even add much to the price of the unit, so its the best way to go.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-11-2002 at 18:20
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