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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Ari Jr a professional user from Finland writes:
Got mine - finally. It sounds absolutely great! Anything you sample with SP1200 sounds, erm, very nice! Warm, phat 12-bit sound! But, know what you're gettin', it is not your all-in-one machine. Very limited in features and very dated. If you're looking for THAT rap/hiphop/house -sound, check the SP1200 out. A classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-09-2000 at 16:46
Chimp a hobbyist user from LA California writes:
a dope machine...just bought one it was hard figuring out (my first sampler) but once I got down tempo changes etc it was OVER! you just get better and better with the limited 2.5 seconds finding dope small samples...no worries of people telling you your loops..because you make um yourself with single notes! drums sound niiiiiice you can't do many drastic sample changes but with drums you can do as many as you want....haven't used any other samplers other then the akai S20 but I did my research and the "sound" on the SP is too good to pass up....the drums on a MPC aren't as hard hitting and as good sounding..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-03-2000 at 01:28
David Faverman a professional user from USA writes:
I have to agree with JB about the machine, it really aint worth the prices there going for, they are nice in some respects but really they aint that special, you got 4 x 2.5 = 10 seconds total sampling time and so samples can't exceed 2.5sec long, no scsi, there are no other samplers compatible with the SP1200 so your library is useless if you want to use your disks on another sampler, parameters section is weak you can only apply one thing at a time i.e. you can change the pitch but not the decay together and can't change anything in real time! only thing I can agree on is easy of use (simple) and it does have that nice lo-fi sound but still not worth the price! if they were around $500 bux that'd prolly be worth it, get a MPC60/II with Roger Linn 0S v3.10, it destroys the SP1200!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-02-1999 at 07:48
JB a professional user from England writes:
The SP1200 needs to boot from a floppy that contains the operating system. (another one of it's annoying hang-ups). E-mu should be able to provide you with an up to date O/S disk.

Don't get your hopes up though, the SP1200 is not all that it's made up to be, like many things it lives on reputation whereas in reality it is under powered, under featured and outclassed by other machines such as the MPC60 and especially the Sequential Studio 440. It was good in 88, well, not really, considering that E-mu had the E3 out the previous year.

Don't look for responsive pads with aftertouch, multi-track sequencing, the ability to sample a sound longer than 2.5 seconds, adjustable or modulateable cut-off frequency on the filters - they're hard-wired to 6 of the outputs so the cut-off is determined by what physical output you route to, don't expect any interchangeability with any other machine for sample or sequence data, nor any memory expansion options. Kiss goodbye the idea of being able to alter both the pitch and decay of a sample (you can do one or the other but not both) or to be able to change any parameters whilst the sequencer is running. Oh yes, forget being able to alter the sample attack time, like I mentioned you get decay time only, and snub any ideas you may have of being able to cutt samples short by quickly releasing the pads - it works with triggers and not note on / note off instructions.

I guess you may have noticed that I didn't like my Final Edition Black SP1200 and I know that the guy who bought it off of me was greatly disappointed as he contacted me asking if there are any other "sound altering" features other than pitch, decay and sample reverse. "Sorry mate, that's all it does, crap eh?".

Have a go on a Studio 440 and tell me that an SP1200 is worth using. Check the swing on an MPC and tell me that an SP1200 compares.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-11-1999 at 10:38
Boy1der a professional user from USA writes:
Time and time again the 1200 has blaze the music world this it unstopable swing and gritty sound and CANNOT be copy. Combine with any other machine you have complete workstation. Lack of sample time make you create. The small amount of voices help you not confuse your track.As a drummachine it blow many other out the water.As a central control or sampling horse it not.But as a Stand Alone, ready to out the box,and come with all the tool you need to make a permanent make in music.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-01-1999 at 16:06
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