Synth Site: Zoom: ST-224 Sampletrak: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Dann a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I think I figured out this MIDI thing. I use a yamaha MD8 8 track recorder, and a boss dr 5 dr rhythm section. It is true when I try to sync JUST my drum machine and sampler, the sampler slides out of time with the drum machine. That seems to be because the drum machine only sends a start message to the sampler, therefore, the sampler is still operating on it's own timecode which is slightly off from the drum machines. However, it I set up the 8 track to send midi time clock messages and let the 8 track set the tempo, then run the midi cable from the out to the in on the drum machine, then a cable from the out to the in on the sampler and set the thru on the DR5 to "on" everything syncs up perfectly because the 8 track is sending start, AND continue messages and the sampler stays on track and I can make great songs using drum patterns and sounds in my drum machine SYNCED WITH samples from the sequencer in the sampler. I don't know if this would work with every set up or if I just got lucky. Please feel free to contact me with any comments ( Just thought this might this might help some people. Let me know

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-16-2003 at 20:31
p8ddy a professional user from UK writes:
Great little phrase sampler for live work. We have used one for two years now and its still going strong. v. cheap to buy, reasonably easy to use and the sound quality is good. Drawbacks are the (approx) 2meg sample limit, meaning if you want more sample time you have to lower the quality. still, at the price in the uk £120 UKP you cannot buy a better sampler - loads of effex, tons of character, smart media storage and stereo. fab. buy one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-06-2003 at 22:08
Alfonso Alba a hobbyist user from Mexico writes:
If you use your SampleTrack with a PC, you CAN add velocity sensitivity (well, sort of). Just get this utility:

Some people say you can't use the ST224 as a drum machine because it only responds to MIDI notes in gate mode, but I think that's not such a big issue. I use a Roland Octapad to trigger the Zoom and each pad on the octapad can be programmed to delay the note-off message after it's been triggered, so I just have to use a long-enough delay. And if I use a keyboard as a trigger, I like it when the drum sounds get "gated" - it makes my beats sound more dynamic.

I just can't get rid of my SampleTrack. Some months ago I bought an Akai S2800 (real cheap, with 10 Mb) to replace it, but it doesn't have the same character so I've kept both :)


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-02-2002 at 11:08
Tone Rat a hobbyist user from Chicago writes:
Well, I got another one, despite its shortcomings. Everything else in the price range sucks. SU-10: filter is the only effect, mini jacks, no storage media. SP-202: fun but hard to edit samples, fewer effects. SU-200: POS. Effects make both internal and external sounds tinny, and can only be used at medium-fi setting; no sequencer; fewer F/X than the Zoom. So: pros - sounds great, lots of FX, easy to use, decent internal sequencer. Cons - MIDI doesn't really work out, no velocity. That said, you people who feel the need to defend the honor of your gear are retards. You're not adding information to the database, you're just whacking off. If you like your kit, use it, but don't waste space here, please. All cheap kit has limitations, but reviews that essentially say "I like it" without specific reasons a waste.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-02-2002 at 10:10
RIP a part-time user from USA writes:
what a value packed deal this ST224 is!! WOW! Its amazing what all is in here. Read all these reviews and get one like I did and you will find its a hell of a deal. --especially for the price they go for used. I do like this device a lot.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-24-2002 at 01:02
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