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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Andrew Shields a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
I am growing found of the SP-505, it has a lot of sonic potential! However I was wondering the other day how I would, say, sample in some Conga drum beats (Via the microphone input) at an accurate tempo. It seems that the 505 does not have the facility to count in a metronome beat whilst you sample in live material, whilst montoring the tempo through headphones.

I guess one way to do this would be to create/record poetential samples on another multitrack unit, say a VS-880, and then feed the accurately tempo mapped material to the 505?

Anyway, I like the way this unit sounds, I like the effects, and I don't mind it's appearance at all, I would give it 3.5 out of 5.00. I am very interested in the 606 that has already arrived, as well.

Roland is great!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-13-2005 at 20:14
DJ Ethereal a part-time user from USA writes:
i paid $350 on ebay, and this machine is well worth it. forget bringing a computer to shows, now i can load my FL studio beats on my 505 and spin a set as well as integrate my own beats! my only gripes are as follows: no velocity sensitive pads (though accepts velocity sensitive data via midi), slow processor (sometimes will jump off time on the 1), time stretching can sound bad on sustained notes (but works quite well on drum loops), its not battery powered (the 303 is!), and lastly the BPM/tap only remembers the last tap, it doesn't average the BPM of all consectutive taps = hard to find actual tempo. if the mpc 1000 had pitch shifting and chopping i would have bought it instead. but i bought this one for much cheaper than the mpc, and am actually quite happy with its potential. this is a great stand alone machine but in conjunction with a computer this thing rips.

peace, Ethereal

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-11-2004 at 13:04
HC a part-time user from USA writes:
A nice groove sampler.

Effects are great. Pitch mode unheard of on phrase samplers, except for the more expensive electribe esx-1.

Quick and easy to do anything on this unit. Graphic sample edits on the display very quick and easy.

One HUGE downer though! the smartmedia slot uses FAT12!!!! this won't allow more than 180 wav files to be saved to the card from the pc! this sucks as with a 128mb card you could store a huge library! they need to fix this!! as it is you have to juggle smartmedia to and from the pc to get the samples you need accessible.

Format a card in windows and it gets fat16 and thousands of files possible, but the 505 WILL NOT read the card untill you format it to fat12 using the system function. also samples can only be imported from the root of the card so you cant use folders to get around this limit.

Looks like the USB function on the 606 is going to be a good thing.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-30-2004 at 22:38
Jyota a hobbyist user from USA Florida writes:
This is a decent box for sampling and sequencing. I've used alot of computer programs, keyboards, and boxes, and I like this one alot. Some of the effects are interesting and can be handy. Being able to visually see the audio wave is very useful for editing start/end points on a sample. I also like the amplify feature for the samples. The sequencer is different. I used to make alot of songs with computer MOD sequencers and the sequencer on this reminds me alot of that, which I really like. Its pretty easy to use. The downside for me is that the effects aren't as powerful as I'd like, but for the price, I am not complaining. It does its job for me.

I use this box as a drum machine also. I mainly sample drums straight from records onto the box and it works great for drum loops mixed with samples. I also MIDI it with another box that synthesizes bass tones for bass lines along with the beats and samples. I'm happy with this box.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-26-2004 at 00:57
Bob Hosak a professional user from Detroit writes:
I got this thing about two weeks ago and it is the biggest peice of s&%$ I have ever used If you are thinking about geting a sampler for $500 please get the korg you would get a lot more bang for you buck.

posted Saturday-Oct-25-2003 at 16:07
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