Synth Site: Roland: SP-808: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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vimana a hobbyist user from pleiades writes:
lovely, ive waited lifetimes to return to my natural state of compu-human interactive artistict creativity cyborg style baby!!!!!!! this is just the "begining" we thank you roland.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-03-1998 at 20:54
Shift a part-timer user from US writes:
Great machine. Easy to use, weighs nothing, plug and play. I bought mine yesterday and can't stop thinking about it. Its that great. Two shortcomings though: One is that it only uses proprietary sounds (no aiffs or wavs allowed), I use a Mac quite a bit and would be great to cross polinate, the other is that the upgrade to extra SCSI limits you to another Zip instead of a Jazz which holds 10 times the amount or even an external HD. For US 350.00 plus whatever the extra Zip drive costs, it seams rather redundant. Increased polyphony would also be another improvement. Only 4 pads can play simultaneosly. All in all though its a great tool.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-01-1998 at 16:59
splice a part-timer user from Canada writes:
it's a really great extra sets of hands. love it. the 4 track recording is decent but you can only play back 3 of the four tracks if you want to be sampling simultaneously live. Or am I the only one who hasn't figured out how to do that?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-12-1998 at 13:51
wes a hobbyist user from dallas, tx. writes:
Well, I've had mine for 3 days now, and I will venture to say that this thing is awesome! It is very fast as far as processing goes (time stretch, etc). Zip disk is a great idea .. holds 64 min at 32k and 40 min at 44.1k. And most importantly ... very very easy to use! I spent all night grabbing drum loops and samples. Haven't even used the part sliders yet, but I would reccomend this to anyone who wants a sampler that's easy to use and has a TON of effects.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:09
Steve a professional user from USA writes:
The Roland SP-808 groove sampler is due out in the middle of June. I saw it at the Namm show. I have one reserved already. It's like a mix of VS 840 hard disk recorder, SP-202 phrase sampler, DJ mixer, light phaser and monotone synth all rolled into one. Check this out: It records everything on a ZIP cartridge and it's instant access, no loading times. You can use the beam modulator to change the pitch of a sample by moving your hand closer or further away from the unit. It's simple to sample, messup and re-sample on the fly. You can take a long sample and set 2 loop points to create a beat groove on the fly between 2 songs, like sample the drum intro from Queen's "We will rock you" and then set your 2 points to make a loop, then let that play while you triger other samples from the pads, or make noise from the built in monosynth using the dbeam controller. It is a serious piece that will make my show the dough.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:09
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