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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Metalshop a hobbyist user from SF Bay, USA writes:
Anyone who bitches about this unit either thought they were buying an Akai something-thousand (um, for 200 USD?) or is just plain a wimp. Hi-fi is too short, whatchou talking 'bout Willis, why oh god would you be using hi-fi? I use 'Lo-Fi 1' almost exclusively, the grittiness is just awesome. If you have a little difficulty cutting-up your loops perfectly (with the 'mark' button) than you just need practice - if you have a lot of difficulty than you got no riddim white boy - better buy an Akai. And think : It runs on batteries, has MIDI in and you can monitor the audio in with the 'source mix' switch - get you a little battery-run unit (ala Yammy QY-70 or the like), 8" cables and you've got complete attack force that fits in a backpack - um, talent, imagination and effort are not included kiddies - you'll have to provide your own. Anyone who doesn't want theirs can sell it to me for $50! 8-)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-21-2000 at 14:55
gregkuhl a hobbyist user from utah writes:
This is my first sampler and I got the floor model for $200.00. I had a fuck of time trying to get it to sample for more than 5 seconds, then I realized that every bank was filled. Walla, delete and I was off.... Very fun machine. This little bugger is very capable. Just do your homework. The effects are just ok, but what can you expect for the money. You can easily edit your loops, crop etc in merely no time. The lo fi sounds have a twangy type of ping which will make them tough to sample. The memory cards are expensive, but I'm defenitly buying a few. But in three hours of fucking around this machine is well worth the money. Now I just need a lil drum machine. For value and ease 5/5, sound is about a 3.5/5.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-06-2000 at 13:02
verse01 a professional user from US writes:
This unit is cool. Best combo is DR-202 midi out to SP-202. I usually compress my drum sounds while sampling them individually to the SP-202's pads then sequence them with the DR-202. Then I add in little samples, usually sampling them on 2-3 pads at different pitches...you can see where I'm going with this. With ingenuity, you can make the most out of 32 seconds sampling time and create nice beats.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-13-2000 at 13:18
DP a part-time user from Deep South writes:
Yes, the Boss is cheap and limited, but it's fun, and forces U 2 be creative, unlike other (more expensive) sampler/workstations out there. U most definitely CAN loop tight beats-but owning this will not make U Sasha or Digweed-or even Fatboy Slim (though he owns one-look the liner pic in U've come a long way). It works for hip-hop-not electro or trance or drum'n'bass or anything, (though DJ's could make it fresh) but i'd think u know that if you're into that. I think most everyone knows what this thing is capable of anyway. MUCH more importantly, Does anybody know where I could download the manual? i bought mine used (DO NOT PAY MORE THAN $200!!!!) and it didn't come with one. Thanks!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-25-2000 at 10:30
Kjel a hobbyist user from u s a writes:
hmm let's see: "Limited effects use on multiple samples": i sidestepped this by going to my friends house and simply recording the effected version of a sample onto minidisc, then resampling the new version. not that tough, guys. no need to cry about it. "Poor sound quality": although its only 32 sec on hi-fi, the quality is quite good in my opinion (my sp202 handles everything from electric bass to my juno6 to field noises exceptionally, and with a small internal mic to boot)*added bonus, the external mic comes in even more handy because the sp202 can be run on batteries. genius. "Small sampling time in hi-fi mode": wah. buy a flash card from a photography store on the cheap. "It cant loop drum beats": obviously anyone saying this hasnt read their owners manual. the sp202 comes with a mark feature which completely encourages trial&error and i've got every sample ive ever played with to loop smoothly w.out click with a little practice. instead of crying when i first heard my sample loops clicking, i recalled that the preset had a drumbeat that was seamless and i knew anything was possible. This sampler is a steal loaded with possibilities so long as you have creativity and are not limited by a crybaby attitude to own the most expensive, feature-laden gear. what's more, if you have gear that nice you should be on the level where you will find as many bugs in that nice stuff as you so effortlessly find in the sp202. if everything is hunky dory with the features on your gear then youre just not being creative

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-24-2000 at 14:23
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