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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Honest Mike a professional user from So. CA U.S.A. writes:
I have had the Sp for over a year now and it seems like lots of people rip on this phrase sampling deal and I'm not sure why? As for me I believe that it you edit all your samples correctly, file them in your proper bank order, fatten up your samples via the BOUNCE feature and put a couple filters to your samples this can lead to hours/days/weeks/months/years of creative fun possiblities. I keep away from the memory consuming stuff i.e. no time stretch or real time recording tho. In the past year I have been doing all my latest song in Mono form and I have created 7 house & tec-haus songs. Total memory time that I have used out of the 100MB Zip............15 minutes out of 62-64 min. I have composed 7 songs that are a minimum of 10 minutes long songs all with the help of Step recording (THANKS!)thats over and hours worth of music with 3/4 of the Zip still open for more. The Sp has not been an easy process tho I can see how most people could dis this machine if for instance they mess with one at a music store with all em programmed samples and the high price tag and such BUT I have had a fun time putting in my own samples and processing each sample inorder to put in my own personal touch. Learning the ins & outs of this machine(I need to get em Digital I/O to totally be complete!) has kept me busy for over a year and I still learn something new at least once a week. I don't know the difference with the other samplers out there ie. Akais and Emu but as far as my SP-808 goes its my favorite. To all those who hate any groove approved stuff don't classify the SP as one of em toys even tho they call it a Groovesampler........I put tape over my Groove so it just says Sampler. Later 0:] The Sp-808 is Great Machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-19-1999 at 19:12
Jamal a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I think the sp-808 is the best shit out there. I've had mine for three months and had already pumped 40 tracks from it. THis thing is amazing with the internal effects and harddisk recorder. I wish it had a scsi that would take a harddrive or a jaz drive but I can still get around the limitation. I wish it had more polyphony. Ohwell, I still love this thing. I don't use the D-beam but I play with it to see what it can do. The synth in it is what keeps me coming back because you can get some cool sounds out of there. Looping is so easy with this thing. I just wish it had wave forms for samples. I haven't even toucched what this thing can do and even though I have had it for three months I'm still discovering new things in it. Its dope--so buy it if you got the cash.. PEACE

posted Tuesday-Dec-15-1998 at 11:03
Mohorific a hobbyist user from the molten core of the earth writes:
Well, I posted before, but I'm posting again now that I've had my 808 for awhile. After about five months of owning my 808, I must conclude that it is simply one of the greatest pieces of gear ever made. My only complaint is that I wish it had more polyphony, but that's just because I'm too lazy to use the internal track-bounce feature! To all of you out there who are lumping this thing in with the latest line of Roland canned-shitbox "Groove Approved" stuff- don't. Those other things suck because of their sound. You create the sounds in the 808, so it sounds as good as you make it. The vast amount of features and the incredibly easy user interface make it a breeze. I love my 808, and will never part with it. It is a beatiful machine that has so many facets; sampler, hard-disk recorder, effects unit, mixer, etc. It totally rules.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-27-1998 at 14:41
DinedHavoC a part-timer user from USA writes:
wow... i dont own one but ive used it PLENTY at tha gee centa to put in my two bits. i think my fave part is the "virtual" memory. it holds the first few seconds of a sample in its extremely small amount of rom and then plays the rest of it back from a zip disk in the built in zip drive... this is much like the hard disk recorders that r so popular these days. it has a limited amount of poly (4) but considering u can hold 24 minutes worth of stereo sampling under one pad and it has the hard disk recorder i dont think this is a problem... u can record your sample playin action for much more polyphony in a sense.

i also luv the interface... it screams "press my pads turn my knobs wave your hand over my d beam" and is real straight forward. has loop find points (like recycle?) and visual editing ofcourse. in my opinion this is better than ne sampler, even maybe an Akai S6000 (wow i cant believe i just said that) because of the virtual memory and the awesome real time control. cant forget about that built in synth or the mixing capabilities either...

the scsi is a lil useless considering it only does zip drives and it already has one of those... but if it has one already then who needs the scsi??

to AH: i dont give a shit if this thing is "groove approved!" it rocks my world to hell!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-25-1998 at 00:53
Leonard Hope a hobbyist user from Atlanta, GA USA writes:
Just got mine a few days ago, so I can't give a detailed review. My intial impression, however, is that this machine rocks. It is very intuitive. I was able to utilize many of the machine's features without ever looking at the manual. Since I got it, I haven't even turned on the computer, which is nice. Everything I need is here in this one box. Way to go, Roland!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-25-1998 at 14:02
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