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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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charles a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've owned this and a s-550, upgraded from the 330. dispite what you might think, this sampler sounds GREAT!! the filters are unbelieveable considering the time this machine came out, and the price is right for anybody starting out, or maybe someone looking for some lo-fi grit (15khz snares oh yeah :-P).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-06-2000 at 15:52
PMA a part-time user from Ca, US writes:
OK, every seems to love it or hate it....of have to wonder...with a mpc2000 on the market why bother? well can an mpc2000 or the XL model sample at 12 bits? then again theres the mpc60 with the upgrades by Roger Linn...but hey at the time i didnt have 1 thousand bucks and this sampler with an hr-16 wa only 400

sometimes 12 bits is needed...but then again i'm not making a mariah carey hit single or trying to mess with timbalands triton/trinity patches.

i'm making jazz funky dirty loops from a simple snare/drum/bass/horn loop patch that fits into 7 seconds and on a 740k floppy...oh...yeah they are DIRTY!!!!!

i could care less about all that clean pop trance 16 bit stuff...

i coudlnt afford a sp1200 so i bought a s330

you're an idiot if you dont use a monitor and a mouse. BTW use a VCR to watch what your editing on a Tele...the rca input works great. otherwise get a 9 dollar APPLE monitor...or one of those rca game convertors..u know the ones that came with atari.

heres a link to my latest loop. it's simple and dirty...i need to get my sound card to stop buzzing though

skratches done by me... peace

-pma reppin

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-22-2000 at 06:42
Alex Traska a professional user from Nottingham, UK writes:
Originally I bought it cos it was going so cheap, and had the intention of selling it on at a profit, after plugging it in and playing (RTFM? noway!!) i decided to keep it. Ignore what anyone tells you, its really easy to use....EXCEPT... setting up split zones etc.

Nice warm LPF, but the resonance distorts at outputs easily. Complex 8 stage (!!!) Envelopes on filter and amp.

Up to 28.8 seconds sampletime at 15Khz too, get one if ur a lofi fetishist.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-29-2000 at 21:09
Ron de Ridder a hobbyist user from Holland writes:
I like this machine, the sound is a bit lo-fi but great for basslines. The filters ar cool too but the sample time is a bit limited. Mostly I sample my korg polysix and add some filters, very cool for techno. These baby's are cheap so if you are into lo-fi get yourself one

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-30-2000 at 08:15
Rocco Flores Oneto a professional user from Peru writes:
The S-330 isn't that hard to operate. But you "Need" a Mouse and a Screen, otherwise it's really impossible to fully understand it. The S-330 isn't a 1.xx Meg. Sampler, it's only 750Kb not expandable. So, it's better to consider it as a "Musical Instrument" Sampler. Forget your loops unless you want somekind of lo-fi effect. Remember that 7.2sec x 2 is as far as you'll get at 30Khz sampling rate. In an age where 24bit and 96Khz are becoming the standard, 12bit 30Khz looks just miserable anyway. I like my S-330 and fully undestand it. Filters sound fat (superb basses, synth leads, pads, brilliant electronic percussion...) 8 separate polyphonic outputs a big bonus...a mounster synth like XP-50 provides only Stereo Output... Keep it if you have one ! It's worthless to sell such a classic machine...Mine is still working together with A-3000s, K2000s and 20bitADATs... Grab one only if you like Vintage...That's it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-09-1999 at 23:09
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