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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Dr Funk a hobbyist user from japan writes:
i had one of these and used as a dj tool. i sold and i kick myself in the nuts for it everday. im going to buy another one soon.

posted Tuesday-Mar-07-2000 at 22:10
Charles a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Consider it as a loop generator. You sample anything and you loop it. It will sound the same as the original. Of course, you can choose between loop and 1 time, gate and trigger depending of the style of the sample. You cannot play the sample at different pitches with a keyboard like the classic samplers. You can also use low pass filter on some samples or reverse it, but don't use these effects too much because it uses polyphony. I have an sp-202. Right now, I'm using it for the album I'm working on. However, it is almost finished. Once it will be done, I might have to sell it with a stereo enhancer that fill the sound very nicely and a flash rom card (4 M -about 2 minutes of sampling hi-fi stereo or 4 minutes stereo on 8 different banks). I used it mostly for beats, noise, fx and keyboard or vocal loops to fill the tracks.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-06-2000 at 23:54
Rabid a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I think the main reason why people are so down on this sampler is that they're not aware of what it's really capable of:

-It's easy to get the sampler to set automatic loop points... they just neglect to explain how in the manual (OOPS!). Check out Roland's Groove Site (FAQ section) for this little hidden feature...

-The sampler has time-stretching, not to mention pitch control... try finding THAT for under $400...

-If you stay away from the lo-fi settings, it actually sounds pretty damn good - plus it has expandable memory (albeit the cards are a tad pricey)

-The filters suck, but the delay and ringmod fx are pretty decent...

-Don't forget that it's controllable via MIDI using simple note on-off meggages.

In short, this thing has its quirks but is an absolute steal considering you can find them new for as low as $300. I own two myself, and I use one to resample effected/timestreched bits from the other, then load up the samples into both and control them via simple MIDI signals.

If you're just starting out or need a budget sampler, IT'S AWESOME.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-25-2000 at 00:34
Mike Miller a professional user from So-Cal writes:
Yes, the unit has limited polyphony. Yes, the unit has limited editing. But look at the price point, and think about what you are using the unit for.

As a professional sound designer, I have found that this unit does very well as a live trigger unit. A show I did featuring anamatronic dragons triggers all the show sounds exclusivly from 202's, and for live theatre work, it's a lot easier to put short, repeated sounds on the 202's pads, than to fill up a miniDisc that my operator has to scroll through.

As a musician, I like having a portable, battery-powered sampler to play with on my lunch breaks. It goes nicely with my QY-70.

The main limitation of the unit for me, is being unable to back samples up (even via SDS) to anything other than those memory cards. (Dumping to DAT and resampling later doesn't count.) However, I think those Flash Ram drives intended for Digital camera's MAY allow one to read the 202's cards to PC, but I haven't tried this yet.

No, it won't compete with an Akai S200, Roland S-750, Emu IV or Yamaha A3000. It's not meant to.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-17-2000 at 04:41
a professional user from LA writes:
I never understood why anyone bashed this thing after I used one for just a couple days. Within 4 hours of usage I could make perfect loops and edit. As far as the sound quality its fair not great but one trick to make it great is called external effects. I made all the sounds very crisp and clean with a little reverd and delay here and there. If you don't have an external effects you are not a "professional" musician and shouldn't care that much about sound quality anyways. I got mine used for 200$ with 2 sample cds, a 4mb card, 6 batteries, and in the original box. If you can make that kind of deal pick one up asap!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-31-1999 at 17:06
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