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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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marty a hobbyist user from the US writes:
okay, so this is my second review on the sp-202, some 3 or 4 months later. i just happened to stumble across a few folks seriously trashing the thing, so i'm totally down to defend it. first off, i think the thing these people really need to keep in mind is that the dr sample is not a workstation, it's a phrase sampler. still, you can actually make some decent stuff with it alone, if you're creative and not too ambitious. so truncating by ear is laborious, go get cool edit96 and crack the bitch. now you can cut and paste your samples, put effects, and send back in. so polyphony is a problem. buy another one. no, wait, nevermind, i'm just an groove-approvin' loser, and i love this thing, and i'm going to buy as many in my lifetime as i can, and nobody's going to stop me because the dr sample is such trash, and a groove approved toy that should be sold in radio shack or target. you see the guy outside your house digging thru your refuse? that's me. i'm looking for your dr sample. and i think i just found it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-03-1999 at 07:49
J.S. ROCKIT a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is the best machine for the money....HANDS DOWN.....fuck the Yamaha SU-10 (still a good machine for other reasons) and the MS-1 Roland model....If you can't figure out how to edit this might as well quit...cause the more expensive equipment is more of a headache... do you have any sense of timing? if you do, you can edit this machine....Ok, I admit it is limited, but If you break it...throw the thing in the trash and hand out a little more cash (used...$200 and below)...shit, this thing will be a classic...I will make it one...Don't cry about what this thing can't do....Use it for what it can do.... if you have an imagination,,,you can create a masterpiece with this thing...Do not buy this if you want a isn't is a simple PHRASE sampler....very simple...the ring modulator rules...the filter are decent.... the time function allows you to sync your samples together...and to a beat...hook this piece up to the DR-202 and fuck yeah>>>the cheapest workstation out...BAMM!!! The Built-In Mic is great....sample acoustic drums on lo-fi 1 or 2 and you'll see why this thing is great....but in all depends on what quality you are looking for... can you handle lo-fidelity?, are you anal? Do you put a Glossy Sheen on your music like all the fake ass hip-hop on MTV?....etc....this machine is one of the funnest things to use also...I've seen Trans-Am, Buffalo Daughter, Takako Minekawa, Add N to X, and Cibo Matto all use it live...and they all you can too...I can't wait to get another one, and another one, and another one....I wish Boss would put out an even smaller, simpler a real pocket the size of a micro-cassette we talkin some shit...!!! SO STOP CRYING and Sell me your SP-202 if you can't handle it...I'm going to build an Empire with the SP-202! and the DR-5, and the DR-202, and the VT-1, and all the other old boss boxes!!!

NOTE: I LOVE CHEAP EQUIPMENT and use BOSS because I want the very Worst/Best!!! Easy to Use, Virtually Disposable Machines!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-26-1999 at 21:43
gerard a part-timer user from usa writes:
It certainly is a poor worker who blames the tool. Sure, I could throw around all sorts of nouveau-electronica lingo about my cool-ass equipment and tell you what I have that is better,but you would'nt care either. I like the 202 for what it is. Christ, If you think it sucks so much, why did you buy it? It is cheap. It is easy to use. It sounds good. it is fun.It has blinky lights on it, and if you cannot figure out how to integrate it into any kind of music, don't BUY one. .

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-18-1999 at 20:13
W. David Marx a part-timer user from Cambridge, MA writes:
dig this thing for what it is: a realtime playable, DJ phrase sampler. I have seen both Buffalo Daughter and Cornelius use it live to play both breaks and loops on it. I have used it for voice/movie samples and drum beats. With the DR-202, the MIDI can do some cool sequencing. Both together are pretty fun. The media card is a must, but annoying. Problems: First, polyphony. Second, only the HIFI samples sound good. Filter 1 is great from eliminating noise from VCR samples. Ring Mod is fun. I like the thing because of the big orange buttons and I can play it like an instrument. I wouldn't pay more than $150 or $200, but that is a really low price. I got it in Japan at 145 exchange rate and it cost less than $200. have fun. if sample-laced non-electronica is your bag, go for it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-22-1999 at 13:33
DJDV from Canada writes:
This piece of equipment has been getting slagged quite a bit lately. Sure it's not a full blown sampler, but you could get 4 or 5 sp-202s for the price of a A3000 or an SP808 (Note: the SP-202 has the same number (4) of voices as the SP-808, which is admittedly restricting, but stick a couple 202's together and your laughing). If you have a computer to do all of your wav editing then the SP-202 is perfect for taking those sounds out live. It's portability makes it perfect for sampling obscure sounds in obsure places. For the money the SP-202 is a useful sampling tool. Don't pay more than $250US.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-06-1998 at 16:54
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