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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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BrainZtain a professional user from USA writes:
I've had so much gear... this is one of the few pieces that I would never sell. I haven't spent as much time with it as I do with my computer and vst's, but I can tell you one thing:

There's something about the samples I've processed with this machine that no VST/softsampler will EVER come even close to. This sampler is along the lines of an S950, SP1200, EMAX... u get the idea... Instant character and warmth. We all have a dark side and this piece of gear brings mine out.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-01-2009 at 20:58
sam a hobbyist user from U.S. writes:
The Dirt Machine!!! Let's get one thing straight, if you have any intentions of creating "high-fi" recordings, get something else. However, if you're more into old school grit than new school sparkle n' shine, this is it, folks. I've owned the Roland SP-303, the Korg Electribe ES-1, as well as the horribly marketed (though still very useful) Roland MC-09. The sequencer on the Sampletrak isn't like an Electribe, but with time and effort, you'll get by (you can jump to any measure within a song). The garbage MIDI issues on this thing break my heart (this might be a fatal flaw for many of you, but not for me). I purchased the 16 MB "antique" Smartmedia card and have filled it to capacity two or three times (all backed up to my computer, thank you). The effects are decent enough for my tastes (while not as good as the SP-303). Most of them benifit from the ability to be synchronized to the tempo in various intervals. The ability to change the pitch of a sample is one of the main reasons I prefer this over the SP-303. Another would be the capability to resample from within a song. As a guitarist/bassist, the fact that I can sample myself while another sample is playing kills both the ES-1 and the SP-303. Listen, if you want to make slick commercial trash, use your computer. If you want a good "entry-level" sampler with plenty of soul for under $100, buy the Zoom ST-224 Sampletrak.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-23-2008 at 14:07
Llynn a hobbyist user from US writes:
I think it's one of the best creative low budget machines out there. I have had mine for about 7 years & would probably buy another to replace it if were it stolen or broken. The thing forces you to be creative, as all limited machines do. The sequencing is ok, wish it was 96ppqn, although the swing function & hi quantize setting may help a bit. The pads are starting to show signs of heavy use (sounds triggered multiple times when struck once) but other than the limits of the MIDI note-on functions it's a mainstay in my equipment list. I thinkl complete songs can & have been made using soley this sampler.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-12-2007 at 18:25
Andrea a hobbyist user from Italy writes:
I bought mine for 60 euros because the precedent owner didn't know how to use it :) . And I have to say that this unit is really great! Allright it depends on what you want to do with it, for example if you want to put on it high quality samples, you are on the wrong way, it reduces the quality and it has a very limited internal memory, plus it will take eternity to load the sample. But you can make really kick ass sounds and also import AIFF and WAVs with medium quality without losing anything. It has a resample feature tha gives the opportunity to change completely the sound with its 22 cool effects. Allright 3-4 of them are almost useless, but you have a cool delay, ring modulator, lowpasshighpass filter, scratch and time strach feature. I connect it via midi with my roland dr880 and use the drum machine as a sequencer for it.The results are incredible. Plus if you are interested in making experimental and noise music this is definetely the machine for you.Buy it now.Did I mention it's also incredibly easy to use?

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-03-2006 at 03:05
Robert a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
this sampler is the one that gives the best bang for the buck especially for a starving artist and newbie. This thing is so easy to use that it's scary!! Yes,this machine has its limits,but it will allow anyone with an open mind to create simple beats that can be innovative.But don't expect it to be a workstation,it ain't.I think the best way to use the Zoom is in conjunction with an MPC or or a soft sequencer.But while I'd love to figure out the sequencer eventually,it's the ideas that count most at the moment.To conclude,if you're producer or beatmaker who has "no rules" like Madlib or Mf Doom,this sampler is a must!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-22-2005 at 07:07
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