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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Joel a part-timer user from USE writes:
Truly, this sampler is no more than a high tech toy. There's virtually no RAM or polyphony, and it's completely unrealistic to use in any kind of live (or for that matter, studio) environment. If you want a sampler, save your money, and buy something that actually has RAM or polyphony, effects and filters.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-13-1998 at 13:27
T-Money a professional user from USA writes:
I'm a professional musician and I purchased the sp-202 as my first sampler. I plan on returning it. It's got some nice features, but in the end the polyphony is a real problem! I like the effects, the batteries, the mic, and the portability. But creating loops can be a bit of a chore. It might take one try, or it might take 15 to get a loop right. The "Auto Start" function is helpful. The Memory cards are b*llsh*t in my opinion. You can't even play two samples at the same time off of Bank C or D. Also, say you have a drum loop on Bank C or D and you want to match the tempo up with a bass loop on Bank A or B- you can't do it! You'd think you could use that cool "time" effect on the sample in Bank A or B to match up the BPM's, but what happens when you try to adjust BPM's? - the drum loop in Bank C or D stops..the dreaded lack polyphony! It makes it very hard to do anything more than use it for one sample at a time, since the internal memory is so limited as well. I could see how some people would really enjoy the 202, it can be kind of fun, but for me it's more frustrating. Imma get my $ back and put towards something more powerful.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-21-1998 at 01:25
snuffles10 a part-timer user from us writes:
okay....some chump in the colleges up the street was cleaning out his room and he found this thing under a pile of clothes. he said that he hadn't used it for months. he offered it for $200, but i thought it was probably worth $175, so that's what i paid.

frankly, i had a lot of fun with it for the first month, taking it with me wherever i went and sampling outside. went to a party and sampled a girl throwing up and put it thru effects. sampled crowd noises, car sounds, etc. found a tom jones record in the trash outside of a record store. sampled it. wennt to record stores with listening stations and sampled used vinyl.

the condenser mic on it is great. a lot of the time, i just use the mic when recording piano or drums. real drums sound great thru it. you can even run yourself playing drums thru it's 2 filters or ring modulation. not bad.

still waiting for an orchestral recital so i can sample some strings.

i've been impressed and disappointed with this thing.

polyphony is the primary complaint. the cards are another. i'm just too damn poor to be able to buy them. i end up trashing my samples anyway, after recording. it's also really hard to accurately truncate a sample completely by ear. you get a little better at it, but it's still really hard. still, you can just send it to computer, chop it up and send it back in.

oh, and eventhough the bpm meter may tell you that two samples are the same tempo. they will almost inevitably be a little off. it's not a big deal if you take the samples off and put them back on later in the track.

still, it's amazing for it's price, and if you can get it used, this thing can come in really handy. i've even made entire songs on it alone, with the use of a four track.

sure, i'm salivating over other real samplers, but i love this thing for what it is. a phrase sampler, with really handy features.

definitely get it if you find it used. and you probably will.

i think i really would have paid $200. maybe slightly more.

not bad.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-22-1998 at 21:00
dvd a part-timer user from nj writes:
Got the sp-202 week or so ago. Hooked it up w/ my 505 and used the arpregiator and triggered some of the samples. Some of it sounded really cool. I really wanted to by the sp-808 but that sh*t's too expensive for me rite now. Anyway its true (unless someone can tell me different) u cant use the time stretch or delay in banks c and d (memory card banks) that kinda sucks also sampling loops ain't THAT easy (at least not for me) but I plan to sample all my sh*t on my friends computer using Cooledit where I can see the God damn waves. Also IS there anyway to sync the BPM w/ the mc-505 or does that have to be done manually? Someone let me know. Bottom line a good phrase sampler but if u got the money get the 808. Zip disks r cheaper than those damn sh*tty smartmedia cards anyway and hold 25 times more stuff!!!!!!

posted Friday-Sep-18-1998 at 15:00
Jaco a part-timer user from U.S.A writes:
The Sp-202, for it's price, is a really interesting piece of equipment. It has some really cool effects and for it's price it can be a powerful, and cheap installment to your little quartet. Don't expect to be Wowed by the sound, for it's sound is not top notch(30 somethingkhz) but it's best for PRE-RECORDED drum beats. Reason why i say pre-recorded is because is to fucking difficult, to get the timing, and loops all matched up. That's my biggest complaint about the machine. Wait their's also the memory problem, which is a pain in the ass. But other then those things, it's really a cool little piece of equipment. I think Tommy B has the right idea to use this as a side piece of equipment, and not the center piece. It's most certainly the best sampler for it's price.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-11-1998 at 03:15
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