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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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RIP a part-time user writes:
I have 3 of these babies. They are addictive!! Very cool machines and with the smartmedia card expansion, you can really go to town with sampling time. I got a few cards for each machine (on ebay) and I am going wild. Very easy to use and definately has an uncanny coolness to it. I will never sell. The SP-202 is much cooler than it was supposed to be.....I think its even cooler than the SP-303. It's unique and IS already a true classic!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-29-2002 at 04:26
Rod a professional user from CA writes:
yes, cool drum machine it IS!! ...and you can usually find the 5v cards on eBay....use this baby for a drum machine and you will keep forever!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-14-2002 at 00:19
Nippage a professional user from USA writes:
And the battle wages on...

The Sp-202 is getting a little long in the tooth nowdays, especially with new samplers on the horizon and software samplers gaining a heavy edge - BUT, I still have mine, purchased new from 1998, and it still has a place in the studio...

As far as a "phrase sampler" for looping, I guess you could still use it as such. To me there are much better products that do that now a days, the SP-202's greatest asset to me is as a drum machine. Yep, a drummachine. Load up my softsynths, audio manglers, dat tapes, whatever, and then dump the oneshots down to the pads. Control it with a cheap but useful DR-660, and off we go..

For those of you still scratching your personally selected area, think about it. The Sp-202 has 4 pad poly, every drummer I know (with the exception of Def-Lepords) has countem 2 hands, 2 feet, 4poly for those synth guys. Works like a charm, and with 16 sounds readily availible, I can load what ever kicks/snares/hihats I want for a selected sound.

For those of you still seeking 5V cards, check with some phone people. A buddy of mine works for Lucent, and lo and behold, a 4mb 5V card is used in those music on hold machines, he gave me a fist full for a beer..

Overall, the SP-202 actually gets a 4.75 out of five, but the fact it still runs after as many times I've dropped it from a moving vehical, it's getting a 5 from me..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-13-2002 at 16:40
Will a part-time user from CA writes:
Well said Julian!! The SP-202 is a great little machine. Runs on batteries!! YES!! and does what its supposed to. I really love mine. .....and its true, Fat Boy does use one too........ I love how this baby is so simple and easy to use. Very inspiring device!! I like it better than the SP-303 due to its being simpler to operate. Simplicity is important!! SP-202 is a true classic machine....no doubt about that!!

AND if any of you guys need any 5V cards, contact me via email. I have a bunch of brand new ones that I dont need.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-24-2002 at 21:28
Ron a part-time user writes:
Eibzion makes several good points that should be considered carefully. I own both the SP-202 and the ST-224 and have since '99. Each one is really a master of what its meant to do. I like the extra features on the ST-224 for sure and its ease of use AND the fact that it uses 3.3v smartmedia instead of the older & EXTREMELY hard to find and way way more expensive 5v smartmedia cards (like the SP-202). However ths SP-202 has its own ease of use due to lack of features and its just great for lo-fi hits and stabs. It is smaller, runs on batteries, and costs about $125 used. I like owning both and probably wont let go of either one cuz they both are just too handy. They each do their job. So considering all angles of the 2 samplers, that cost so little, why not own both? Or you could buy a more costly, more capable, & consequentially a more complex machine made of steel. Nah,... stick with the small rigs, and you'll have more $$ & space for cool outboard processing gear!! :}}}}}} sample and resample to taste!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-06-2002 at 02:59
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