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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Murf a hobbyist user from England writes:
OK, it's old, and limited by today's stuff, but the monitor and mouse make sample editing a whole lot easier than the small LCD screens on many of the rest! (Its almost worth it for that!) There's also a handy PC wav. to S-550,330 converter free on the web, which lets you build your wav based samples with (sound forge?) etc, and simply send them down the midi lead to the s330. This is highly useful, as the s330 doesn't understand wav. files on a normal day. I must admit that you need to be selective (very) about what you use the s330 for, but the 12bit ratio seems to give quite a nice thick rounded sound to bass samples, and as far as Nine Inch Nail type sounds go, this is perfect for them, as after all if that's the type of sound you want, why pay a fortune for a newer 'clearer' sounding sampler? Love it or hate it, just remember how old it is and expect nothing newer. Although a bit wierd to use at first, I found I could get my head round it fairly quickly, (as there isn't the thousand odd options at every stage to get lost in) being a fairly basic sampler, and the quicker I understood how it worked, the quicker I could use it to it's best....... :-)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-26-2002 at 21:16
markku a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
Nice sound,not really hifi by modern(?) standards, the bottom end is very solid, good sonic tool of textures and audio terrorism! No fx, no problem! Nice filter, though hi resonance settings leak thru sometimes, leaving an audible very sustaning tail behind. What bothers most is that you are always in edit mode, so the only way to undo is to save and load, save and load, save and load...

Memory management sucks, the general logic sucks, manual just about manageable, user friendliness very much absent, user interface very difficult to deal with without xternal display. (Ever tried to trim your samples on that luxurious lcd?) Get an editor software! I've used my 330 w/ some sound mangling programs, cheap and lofi, of course...lo and behold, I have seen the light! Soundhack highly recommeded!

The bottom line: working tool, after all, and they come cheap...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-10-2002 at 11:47
telesys a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I love this sampler. I love the GUI! I love the fact that I can connect it to my Commodore 1702 monitor. I love the dirty 12-bit sound. I have been using it for a few days now and I love the dirty IDM sounds I am getting from it. Great for percussion and weird synth drones. I love the muliple outputs. I love the filters. What I don't love is that I don't have a manual for it. I can figure out how to sample and edit and play, but an owners manual would be nice. Anyone willing to Photo-copy one for me! I will pay you in S-330 Sample Library disks!! Hit me up with an email, I might even thank you on my next CD.

posted Wednesday-Mar-06-2002 at 16:15
armen a hobbyist user from canada writes:
S330, I'm in love with...

First sampler, second piece of electronica...

I DO everything on it , sample my guitar riffs, make manipulate synthy sounds, 80's music, chatter, amazing filters... 30 sec sound limit is a GREAT source of inspiration.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-20-2002 at 00:54
breadman a hobbyist user from orlando, FL, US of A writes:
I got this box about six months ago now and have finally fiddled around enough with it to give it a review. Not bad at all. I use it to make some drum samples, grit them up a bit. The 12-bit sound is great for drums. Nice deep dirty hard gritty kicks and snares. I have started using it more than my akai s2000, mainly because the TV screen menu thing is great. it also has 8 individual outs. not a bad peice of gear, very cheap, works well along side your main hardware or software sampler. If you do find one, make sure you have a VCR handy to use the video input for monitoring. It will be very difficult to learn without the visual interface.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-22-2001 at 22:32
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