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Roland Ships the SP-404 Portable Sampler

September 2, 2005
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The SP-404's sleek, silver look is new to the SP family, and it surpasses its predecessor by offering battery-power compatibility, a CompactFlash slot, and a built-in microphone for quick, stress-free sampling sessions. Just turn it on, aim, and record -- no cables and mics to connect. Then get down to the business of making beats and patterns with the pattern sequencer, and add extra color with the built-in effects.

The sampling and playback quality is Compact Disc-grade. For lo-fi lovers, the SP-404 also provides a Lo-Fi sampling mode. WAV and AIF files can be imported and exported via CompactFlash card.

The SP-404's onboard pattern sequencer allows up to 8,000 notes to be recorded. Up to 24 patterns, each 1--99 measures long, can be stored in the internal memory simultaneously. An additional 96 patterns can be saved on CompactFlash cards.

Effects are built into the SP-404, all under the control front-panel knobs. Featured in the FX menu: Subsonic, BPM Looper, DJFX Looper, reverb, flanger, delay, Voice Transformer, distortion, filter, Slicer, Isolator, Vinyl Simulator, and more. The SP-404's effects can be applied to multiple samples simultaneously or live input signals.

For more information, visit their web site at www.rolandus.com.

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