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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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zom a part-timer user from usa writes:
Yeah, thought I would see what happens months after I did a "review". Same lame complaints then the typical name dropping of gear. Well, I just played a show where my main source of rhythm was the sp202, and it was the most fun I have had for a while. It may be a toy, but so are the synsonics I use. Here I will name drop the fact that the other gear I use live is prophet600,EMS synthiAKS,jupiter8 etc, blah blah. sp202 is great product. is stable. is

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-08-1999 at 19:23
@phexbeau a hobbyist user from the woods writes:
I don't think that the 202 is all that bad, but I suppose I'm a "bedroom geek"... I've had mine for more than a year, and I think it's pretty swell, for what it is. It's not, I repeat NOT A WORKSTATION. Anyone expecting a workstation for this price is being exceedingly foolish. It's a phrase sampler. It's a fun thing to mess around with. It would be great for a beginner, (and we all were beginners once.!) It's rather intuitive to play around with. With a little time and patience, you can work out some interesting thing on it. But I'm no "Grooveslut" myself either; I find a lot of those boxes quite uncreative. And I agree: the polyphony is a pain, true, and the bank C/D thing gets on my nerves, but I accept it's limitations. One thing for sure: but at least one 4MB Smartmedia Card. You can find 'em for 20$ or so online. I guess if you need a sampler and are really pressed for cash, it would be a great investment in building your studio. Especially used. However, if you already own any other samplers, Akai or whatever, you DEFINITELY shouldn't waste your time (or $$$). If you don't like, don't buy! Nobody is raping you with an SP-202 here... (?) For what it costs (used), for what it's for, it'sa good little box.

plus i'm just attracted to blinking lights...something about my experience in the womb or something....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-22-1999 at 12:16
Charles a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
2 advices to get the most from this cheap sampler. 1) Make sure your source level is the highest possible. It is very important. The sp-202 records, even when the record knob is at 0. Don't rise it above 1/3 because noise is going to be a REAL problem. Personally, I records some synth loops on minidiscs then I put it through my mixer at the maximum level (depending on the other samples level) to sample it. That's the way to get the clearest sound. 2) Put the output through an enhancer (like a Boss EH-50). You'll get back your lost high harmonics and you will sharpen the overall sound. I was a bit dissapointed when I bought it, but since I started to proceed like this (and I admit that it took me some time) my sp-202 sounds MUCH better.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-26-1999 at 00:34
J.S. Rockit! a hobbyist user from NJ, USA writes:
2nd Review: I do want to add one thing that does suck about the SP-202....if you are using a smartmedia card to store samples on....you can only play one sample at a time off the C and D banks....This is Lame, but hey...you get what you pay for....so basically this machine is good if you sample stuff use it in a song and then dispose of it...Don't get me wrong....this thing still rules... I'm going to buy another this week...I think Three outta do it...Me and my man Futilitarian are going to be in the money when people need these in the future...cause these shits are gonna be CLASSIC!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-04-1999 at 21:17
Digiphallus a hobbyist user from U.S.A. writes:
It's an okay phrase sampler. I spent some time with one at a music store, but I didn't care for it too much. If you like it and have found some tricks for it, more power to you! The thing I didn't like was the fact that if you used an effect like ringmod, it pulled down the polyphony a notch...and you can't use 2 good effects like ringmod and timestretch. I didn't like it's sound quality on lower khz either. All in all, I think the Roland Ms-1 is a better designed phrase sampler with less gimmicks like onboard fx...the Ms-1 has a good compression algorhythum, makes drum loops sound really tight. Plus it can do midi dump, which I may be wrong, but I don't think the Sp can do. Just manipulate and effect your samples via computer software, then dump them to the Ms1. Ms's cost about the same as 2nd hand Sp's.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-03-1999 at 12:35
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