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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Dean a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I just got the Roland MS-1 sampler a few weeks ago for $100 canadian (around $70 US). I ordered a 64MB compact flash card for $43 US (including shipping) from ebay and can use it with a $10 US Sandisk compact flash card adapter. I just saw how people seemed to be getting ripped for memory cards for the MS-1 and thought some people might appreciate some savings. My opinion so far about the sampler itself is that it rocks. Easy to use and very portable. It is quite simple in terms of extras but it has the basics covered.

posted Saturday-Aug-25-2001 at 21:45
SmashPC from USA writes:
The MS-1 makes the perfect sample-based drum-machine, I used it way back in the day to accompany my Boss DR-660 drum machine with snippets of sampled percussion sounds the DR could never make, and ran it through an effects processor if I wanted to spice up the samples. You could get some cool sample effects by tweaking the "master pitch" and adjusting loop start and end points of a sample while it's playing the sound. I think the whole memory card setup sucked, first off I could never find a card except for one time when i found a music shop that actually had some in the back, but the wanted like $70 for 4MB, and I said they were on crack. Then finding out you can only play "one sample at a time" from a memory card, I decided to creatively work with just what I had. I give the MS-1 a "3" for it's ease of use and it's good for bands on a budget.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-31-2001 at 19:59
James a hobbyist user from England writes:
Got it for $125 with 1.8mb flash disk, box and manual. Good quality samples but if you record a sample at long1 quality and then one at standard, the sample recorded at long 1 will playback to fast. If anyone could help me email

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-26-2001 at 05:18
nic a part-time user writes:
ooohh. the ms-1, this was my first sampler, and first introduction to electronic music, the best buy i actually ever made.

im thinking of getting an other one, just for sentimental value.

i remember going to the music store, looking around for my first piece of gear. this baby was on display with some kind of funky loops in there, i was hooked right away. back then, there was no "groove" samplers, and the guy at the counter took a good laugh when i asked him to box that "sampler" up. he told me, kid, thats a sample playback thingie, not a sampler...i spent about 10 minutes debating my point, the guy was actually clueless about hip-hop and electro based music. and told him i just wanted to sample some vinyl clips, and experiment with microphones and stuff.

this ms-1 brings back memories,and is probably the best intro to sampling and looped based music unit out there.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-16-2001 at 10:41
ce a part-time user from USA writes:
For an inexpensive, effectless phrase sampler this thing's great...Simple to use...A memory card was a necessity ($60)...Since I don't sample for a living, I can live with this $100 machine. I give it a "5" for the price and ease of use.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-26-2001 at 20:26
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