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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Mr. Boombalistic a part time user from Jungle Groove USA writes:
This is a cute little sample box, portable and easy to use with neat built in effects w real time control. I use it for break beats. It has an interesting sound that's all it's own. It's cool sounding, because you can use the pitch setting to control all the samples at once. Cut them up and sequence with an external sequencer and adjust the pitch for a cool effect, or assign filters to a drum loop, a ring modulator on your voice... etc. Will run for a week on the same batteries. Bad things: Hard to pin-point edit samples (unless you're good at sound-cutting like analog tape with the pitch control). No way to change pitch/speed of loops without loosing way too much polyphony or effecting all samples. Other than that, awesome, easy to use, very portable and portably functional (won't eat your batteries in an hour, hint: Yamaha Qy-Series!!) Fun to mess around with on bus, etc, good for moments of lyrical inspiration or sampling grooves off that portable CD player... Hook up the headfone out to a tape player input for CDs and play around in your car... BTW, the internal mic is actually pretty good sounding.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
James a hobbyist user from US writes:
I have had this sampler for about a month and I like it. One of the good things about it is that it can be run on batteries. THat feature with the built-in-mic allows you to go out and sample things in the world. It is also very compact. There is about 4 minutes and 20 seconds of sampling time on the lowest quality and 32 seconds on the highest I think. Which can be expanded by smartmedia disks. Which run from $50 to about $100 as I am told. Though I ahvent been able to locate any.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Tommy B a part time user from South Florida writes:
Although the SP202 is a piece that is geared for the novice or first-time sample freak, it is well worth the money. I found a "floor model" for only $250. Looping that "perfect" loop takes some time and practice since there is no graphic read out of your sample. Don't plan on getting much use out of the "long" sampling times because the distortion is extremely harsh. Not useless, just un-desirable. As with most phrase samplers (SU10,MS1, etc.) the polyphony and note priority becomes a problem. What the sales people won't tell you is that as you add effects, you lose a note (or two) of polyphony. The reverse function cannot be used with any effects either. Another minor disappointment is that you have no control over the sample's volume once it's been sampled. This can be overcome by applying either of the SP202's on-board filters to the sample. The best feature in my opinion is the time-stretch function which is best used to match breaks and loops and/or applied to vocal phrases to virtually match it to any beat of nearly any speed. Even if you're a pro (or even if you THINK you are) the SP202 is great for catching sounds "on-the-fly" with it's built-in mic. In other words...the Roland SP202 is the shit to have in your rig...not the center...just somewhere on the side!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Brent a hobbyist user from US writes:
Do NOT buy this piece. ALthough you supposedly get 4 voices, in reality you have a lot less to work with. The processor is so poor that when playing a mono sample from the smart media card (yes 1 voice) you can't even timestretch. What is Roland thinking?

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
NEED YOUR ADVICE a hobbyist user from LOS ANGELES writes:
THIS IS ACTUALLY MY FIRST USE OF A SAMPLER AND TO BE HONEST, THE SP 202 WAS QUITE SIMPLE TO USE. I ENJOY THE COMPACTNESS AS WELL AS THE BATTERY FEATURE (SAMPLE FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE.....EVEN WHILE YOUR TAKING A DUMP). FOR $285 (PLUS $100, IF YOUR USING THE 4 BYTE MEMORY CARD), IT'S SURE GOOD TO KNOW THAT EVERYONE CAN BE A "PUFF DADDY WANABE" (EVEN THOUGH HE SUCKS). MY ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT, HOW CAN YOU USE YOUR TIME STRETCH FEATURE FROM SLOTS C-D TO SLOTS A-B? IN OTHER WORDS, WHEN I TRY TO ALTER THE "TIME" STRETCH FROM SLOT C-D WITH SAMPLES FROM A-B IT DOESN'T WORK AT ALL. INFACT, THE "TIME" STRETCH FEATURE ONLY WORKS FOR SAMPLES IN SLOTS A-B (INTERNAL MEMORY) AND NOT FOR C-D. IS THIS NORMAL??? OR AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG?? I PURCHASED THE MEMORY CARD THINKING THAT THIS WAS A WISE INVESTMENT. BUT IF IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO ALTER THE "TIME FEATURE" FROM SLOTS C-D, THAN I GUESS THIS PEACE OF SAMPLING MACHINE ISN'T WHAT IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE......PLEASE POST YOUR INPUT ON WHETHER OR NOT IT IS POSSIBLE TO TUNE THE "TIME" FEATURE FROM SLOTS C-D (MEMORY CARD).....THANK YOU..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
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