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Average rating: 3.3 out of 5
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triazolam a part-time user from USA writes:
I just picked up an SP-303 today as a cheap replacement for a Korg ES-1 that was stolen some time ago... To tell the truth I think that I've wasted my money, I think that the only thing worthwhile on this machine is the effects... The sample memory, while quite large, only can hold two banks of 16 samples, without the help of a smart media card. The sequencer is not even close to being as good as on Roland's TR series of machines and it can't even compare to the Electribes sequencer. Instead of a pair of analog outs it has a pair of RCA outs.... Perfect for DJ's but not all that great in a studio set up.

If you're a DJ that wants to begin dabbling in sampling, this machine would probably be wonderful, but if you're a serious musician then save your money and get something a little more serious.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-30-2002 at 20:35
Ironsides a part-time user from san diego, ca writes:
this is and alright piece of equipment. its great for someone just starting out. the sequeuncer is kind of weak. and resampling takes away way to much sample time. and sometimes when you here a sample with an effect and go ahead and resample it it sounds nothing like the what you heard before. its still a great machine though.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-14-2001 at 12:34
jimmy from usa writes:
it's alright, great price (279 at prosound) but some of the effects are pretty cheesy. there are three effects that are the same thing and they just try to pass it off as more to make it seem better and there's one effect (noise generater)that dosen't even do any thing except annoy. sequencer sucks. loses quality after resampling something three or four times.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-10-2001 at 14:31
Tom Mortimer a professional user from England writes:
The 303 is a very nice piece of kit for a serious DJ or a starting out producer. For a dj it is way ahead of anything else on the market intended for dj use. It doubles up as a real time effects processor with some powerful effects. They are of generaly high quality although on their most extreem settings they do loose some quality. (however their most extreem settings are so extreem they're bloody stupid, so you don't need to worry about that!) For the live musician or DJ one of the most useful functions has to be that it automaticly quantizes the samples to an exernal MIDI timeclock via its midi in (which can also be used to trigger the samples)

However, if you are thinking of using the pattern sequencer, forget it. It is so clumsy and just feels cheep and nasty (this is no reflection on the units other functions however) Its not realy realtime though, because it sends a really nasty metronome sound out of its main out, so you can't sequence it in real time. All of this is made up for by the fact that the control system for triggering samples manualy is so good that only a social benafit fidling sloth man would be lazy enough to want to use the sequencer insted of using the pads to trigger samples. The way the 'one shot' or 'loop' modes are selected for each pad is also very well done. The reverse button is very quick and useful, as these things have a tendency to sound cheesy, but you can pull soome good tricks with it. If your using it for DJing, make sure you have a mixer with a send and return, it'll be so much more useful in a setup like this. When using it live it is easy to edit the effects and levels of non-live pads ready for fading up.

The sampling time is great, with an optional Smart Media card, you can sample in Mono for 202 seconds at 44.1 khz this will set you back about £60 but well worth it. When you downgrade your samples for sapce saving purposes the quality reduction is hardly noticable, i always sample in 'long' mode.

Basicly you can do anything you can do on something like an Akai S-950 apart from the loop remixing (which you can do on your pc with 'Bomb that Beat, most recommended)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-01-2001 at 11:31
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