Roland is now shipping the SP-404 Portable Power Sampler, which picks up where the SP-303 sampler left off: more features, more voices, more pads, and more memory. The SP-404 includes battery-power compatibility, a CompactFlash slot, and a built-in microphone. The sampler offers CD-quality audio, but includes a Lo-Fi sampling mode. WAV and AIFF files can be imported and exported via CompactFlash card.
The SP-404's onboard pattern sequencer can hold 8,000 notes. Up to 24 patterns, from 1 to 99 measures long, can be stored in the internal memory. An additional 96 patterns can be saved to CompactFlash cards.
The effects, which are controlled by front-panel knobs, include Subsonic, BPM Looper, DJFX Looper, reverb, flanger, delay, Voice Transformer, distortion, filter, Slicer, Isolator, and Vinyl Simulator. The SP-404's effects can be applied to multiple samples simultaneously or live input signals. For more information, visit Roland online.