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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Todd Bradley a part-time user from USA writes:
I've had my SP-505 for about three weeks now. I definitely love the features for the price and I'm generally happy with it. I'm really impressed that it has digital inputs, which you might not expect in this price range.

Here are my complaints:

First, the thing seems to have a really slow processor. Anytime I have to process my samples, it takes longer than it seems like it should. It's just generally sluggish.

Second, importing samples from the Smart Media is INCREDIBLY SLOW. I have no idea what it's doing to the samples as it imports them, but it takes a long time, whatever it is. I spent three hours the other day importing a dozen samples.

Third, their loop sync algorithm really sucks. The SP-505 has a feature where you can take loops at different tempos and synchronize them, much like Acid software. But when I do, I get VERY noticeable audio artifacts. So their algorithm is nowhere near that of Acid.

My final complaint is the screen. It's awesome it's got a little LCD screen, but it's of pretty low quality. Mine has a few vertical lines where the pixels are darker or lighter than they should be.

I'm not using it as a drum machine at all, but as a sampler, triggering loops and sound effects and stuff. And for that it works pretty well. I haven't tried the sequencer yet, or making my own drum patterns, so I can't comment on that.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-11-2002 at 10:15
9-E a hobbyist user from RICHMOND, VA writes:
THIS SP 505 IS HOTTER THAN I EXPECTED FOR THE PRICE. IT GIVES YOU MORE OUT THE BOX THAN A MPC, AN IF YOU ADD A 128MB SMART MEDIA CARD, YOU'RE IN THE HOUSE. THE PROBLEM IS FINDING A GOOD ONLINE ROYALTY FREE SITE TO SAMPLE FROM. GETTING DISTINCT SOUNDS FROM AUDIO CDS IS A LIL CHALLENGING SINCE MOST SOUNDS ARE LAYERED. THE ISOLATER ON THISTHING ISN'T THAT GREAT, BUT THIS MACHINE IS STILL DYNAMITE FOR THE $495 I PAID FOR IT. THE SEQENCER IS "ILL". ANYONE WITH ANY RELIABLE SITES OR CAN DUB A SAMPLE CD FOR A UP AN COMING PRODUCER CAN HIT ME @ SEAGIL7882@GARI.ECPI.EDU OR 9-ETHERIAN@BLACKPLANET.COM

PEACE GOD, 9-E

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-22-2002 at 11:01
kostas kyriakopoulos a hobbyist user from greece athens writes:
well this machine is great for live use also the sp is verry easy to use & cheap.i must say that i love the way that the sp 505 works with smartmedia, with a 16 mb smartmedia that cost 18 euros you have up to 48 mins sampling time in lofi & with a 128 s/media that cost 90 euros 395 mins of sampling time!!!!! the dsp efx of the sp505 is great.(i have make somme chemical bros style drum loops in seconds) thnx Roland/Boss

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-08-2002 at 19:36
David rey a hobbyist user from San Diego US writes:
I just wanted to come back and retract my statement about the lack of step sequencer. This step sequencer is really great and it will get you to understand music a little better. Its similar to the TR record method (where you can enter each note as a 16th note quarter note or god knows what else) this thing lets you enter notes in 32nd triplet steps or any other type of note there is. then you can press record hear the music and meanwhile you can push a button and delete any unwanted notes you desire. And sorry again but its the SWING function that is unbelivable.Thanks BOSS

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-04-2002 at 01:12
J a hobbyist user from U.S. -California writes:
This piece is bad!!(Super fat)Love it, you definitely get your $$ worth. Just check out the specs at a reputable website. Only con I've noticed is not having the battery operated feauture(only A/C adaptor)Many complaints about not having a hard shell, but hey, who's coming out with hard-shells on new equipment now-a-days?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-27-2002 at 06:40
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