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Roland SP-404SX Sampler

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Product Highlights
  • 16-bit Linear Sampling
  • Includes 1GB SD Card

The Roland SP-404SX Sampler brings 16-bit linear sampling wherever you are with its simple-to-use battery powered chassis. Create production-ready sounds with DSP effects, and smooth FX switching. Create patterns and loops with flexible pattern sequencer with shuffle feature. The SP-404SX includes a 1GB SD for simple data transfer and can handle up to 32GB SDHC cards.

Sample anytime, anywhere with the built-in mic and battery power
29 DSP effects, including filter, delay, unique voice effects, subsonic, and looper
3 control knobs, 12 trigger pads, and Sub Pad for rapid repeat triggering
Pattern sequencer with quantize mode and new shuffle feels
1GB SD card included; expand sample storage up to 32GB with SDHC
Import audio files from computer, assign samples to pads with bundled software (Mac/PC)
Instant Sampling
Sample anywhere, anytime using the SP-404SX's built-in microphone. And since the SP-404SX can run on AC or battery power (six AA batteries), it's easy to record wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. Just power-up, point, and record. Line and mic inputs are also available for recording direct or with an external microphone. The SP-404SX's sampling format is uncompressed wave for high-quality audio capture
Hands-On Performance
The SP-404SX is made to be played, it's packed with interactive controls for jamming along with loops and patterns. Put your fingers on the three non-slip control knobs, 12 trigger pads, and Sub Pad for rapid repeat triggering in real time. On dark stages or DJ booths, the SP-404SX is a performers dream with its illuminated rubber pads and bright LED screen.
Extreme Effects
Create a signature sound using the SP-404SX's 29 DSP effects, which switch seamlessly during live performance. Essential onboard effects include spacious reverbs and choruses, plus filters and delays. There are also unique, esoteric effects built in, including a voice transformer and looper. With the DJFX Looper, you can create short loops (such as machine-gun-like "da-da-da-da-da" sounds) and control reverse-playback with the knob. You can also create scratch effects like a turntable. Connect the SP-404SX to a DJ mixer and use it as an effect processor. Seventeen of the effects have a "limiter" mode, which keeps the effects from overloading. This is great for live DJ performance when you don't want to lose control of the effects in the heat of the moment
Trackbuilder
In addition to the endless supply of loops you can pack into the SP-404SX, you can also create your own tracks in real time with the Pattern Sequencer, complete with quantize mode, which includes shuffle feels. Creating patterns is done in real time. You can loop two measures (maximum 99 measures), for example, then play and record only the bass drum and the snare. Next, add the hi-hat over the top, and keep adding more instruments while the SP-404SX loops. You can store 120 patterns (12 patterns x 10 banks). When you play a pattern with the Pattern Sequencer, the LEDs surrounding the display blink according to the tempo, which is handy during live performance
SD Card Memory
Start sampling right away with the included 1GB SD card. You can easily expand the sampling time using up to 32GB SDHC. Import audio files from your computer using the included software (Mac/PC) and assign them to the SP-404SX's pads. WAV and AIFF files are accepted. The software is fast and easy to use, as it displays the SP-404SX's pads onscreen. You can even use it to convert SP-404 format files to the SP-404SX
Triggers 12 + Sub Pad x 1
Polyphony 12
Data Format 16-bit linear (.wav/aif)
Sampling Rate 44.1KHz
Recording Time The maximum sampling time (size) for a single sample is approximately 180 minutes in stereo (2 GB)
The following shows the approximate total sampling time of the samples that can be stored on one SD card.
Card capacity / Stereo(Mono)
1GB / Approx. 90 min. (180 min.)
2GB / Approx. 180 min. (360 min.)
4GB / Approx. 360 min. (720 min.)
8GB / Approx. 720 min. (24 hours)
16GB / Approx. 24 hours (48 hours)
32GB / Approx. 48 hours (96 hours)
Since the 1 GB SD card included with the SP-404SX contains preload data, the available sampling time will be less than the time above
User Memory 1GB (included SD Card)
maximum to 32GB SDHC
Effects 29 types
Sequencer Maximum recordable notes: Approx. 16,000 notes, Resolution: 96 ticks per quarter note, Pattern Length: 1-99 measures, Recording method: Realtime Loop Recording (with shuffle quantize function)
Controllers Control Knob x 3
Connectors LINE INPUT jacks (L, R)(RCA phono type)
LINE OUTPUT jacks (L, R)(RCA phono type)
Headphones (PHONES) jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type)
MIC jack (1/4" phone type)
MIDI IN connector
DC IN jack
Expansion Slots SD card slot
Display 7 segments, 3 characters (LED)
Dimensions 7.01 x 10.12 x 2.83" (178 x 257 x 72mm)
Weight 2.65 lbs (1.2kg)
Roland SP-404SX Sampler
  • 1GB SD Card
  • SP-404SX Utility CD-ROM
  • PSB-1U AC Adapter
  • 1-Year Parts and 90-Days Labor Warranty
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    RolandSP-404SX Sampler
     
    4.7

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (8)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Versatile (6)
    • Excellent sound (5)
    • Good audio (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (7)
      • Home studio (4)
      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

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      5.0

      Great sampler worth every buck!!

      By Jay

      from Queens,NY

      Comments about Roland SP-404SX Sampler:

      Been an Akai guy for a while now and decided to try this bad boy out.. i was blown away with the sound quality, its easy to maneuver, and the Fx are pretty neat .. like i said before it was worth every buck.

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      4.0

      Does what is says.

      By Dan

      from Orlando, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Roland SP-404SX Sampler:

            Does what it says, that's why I gave it 4 stars.
            This replaces our SP-202 which has taken a beating over the years.
            I like the simplicity of the older model because we use it for very simple tasks.
            Having to hit the cancel button rapidly 4 times to stop a sound is disappointing.
            Loading samples directly on the card from your computer with their provided software is great.
            Sounds great... crystal clear.

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            4.0

            Fun to use once you learn the basics

            By Wolfnutz1

            from Minneapolis,MN

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Excellent Craftsmanship

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performance
              • Practice
              • Production

              Comments about Roland SP-404SX Sampler:

              I am using the SP-404sx for producion leaning towards an instrumental hip-hop style. I must admit the first few times I used this machine I got kind of frustrated. The dial adjustments controlling start and end times for samples are so slight that it's hard to tell at first if you are changing anything at all. The tap to mark start point and end point feature is good. After about four hours of struggling with the many functions I felt the possibilities of the SP-404Sx opening up to me. Definitely a fun piece of equipment.Tips:Resampling is your friend, resample samples with effects, layer with drums and then song building becomes much easier. Using the mic line in is an easy way to sample with a little more volume control as the "mic" input has an independent volume control knob. Run a 1/4" cable from the headphone jack on a stereo receiver to the "mic" in for sampling for sampling vinyl.

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              4.0

              Great portable unit

              By Beatmaker

              from Va

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Pads Get Stiff
              • Volume Knob Crackles

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Roland SP-404SX Sampler:

              This is my fourth sampler (1 SP 303 and 3 SP 404's) over the span of 8 years and its used multiple times everyday. No complaints here.

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              5.0

              404sx

              By Locksmith

              from Norwalk, CT

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Roland SP-404SX Sampler:

                I love this sampler. It's extremely easy to learn how to use and the effects are incredible. The abiltiy to use sd cards for holding samples means you to never have to get rid of anything you don't want to. The 404 doesn't have as many bells and whistles as some of the more expensive samplers but for the price you can't beat it, not to mention those things take longer to learn and can hinder creativity.

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                5.0

                Great product shipped quickly

                By Boomer94513

                from Brentwood, CA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Low Distortion
                • Powerful
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Roland SP-404SX Sampler:

                  I use this for sampling and playing intros for my band. It works great and is easy to use.

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                  5.0

                  Good Gear

                  By william

                  from la verne

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Low Distortion
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Roland SP-404SX Sampler:

                      Very nice and a good gear

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Quickly becoming an industry standard

                      By DefyGravity

                      from Anaheim, CA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Low Distortion
                      • Powerful
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Roland SP-404SX Sampler:

                        This unit is quickly becoming an industry standard for hip hop and edm production. It's incredibly fast to use, sounds clean (and punchy), and the effects section are worth the pricetag alone. The best sampler on the market for speed and versatility in a portable package.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent Sampler/Musical Recorder

                        By K.DeSt

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Roland SP-404SX Sampler:

                          I use this product to make homemade samples. That is, I take beats that I played on the drums, or single drum/cymbal hits and assign them to pads. Then I loop the drum beat, or create a pattern out of single hits. Resampling is great on this machine. I take a drum sound, add an effect (distortion sounds so raw, I love it) then resample it to another pad so the effect stays intact.

                          I then hook up my keyboard to the 404 and record a chord or note to a pad. Do it to all 12 pads and play a melody or ryhthm over the drums. So much fun and it sounds GREAT!

                          Most people probably use it to sample records or for their DJ set. I plan on sampling records, but for now I'm using it for my own recorded music.

                          The only thing I have problems with is looping a pattern perfectly. Quantize is their to help, but sometimes it is still a bit difficult... only adds to the excitement...

                          I love this machine. I only wish I didn't have to go to work so I could make music all day.

                          Don't wait, buy this product immediately!

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                          4.0

                          So far so good.

                          By the good hustle

                          from san jose

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Limited Functions

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Roland SP-404SX Sampler:

                          I really like this sampler. If it had pressure sensitive pads and midi out and/or thru it would be perfect!

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                          5.0

                          [...]

                          By DJ Felix IQ

                          from Las Vegas, NV

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Mobile DJ
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Roland SP-404SX Sampler:

                            As a new DJ, I researched the product online including YouTube, found the lowest competitive price at B&H and ordered it. [...]

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                            5.0

                            As good a sampler as they come

                            By Jacob

                            from Aliso Viejo, California

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

                              Comments about Roland SP-404SX Sampler:

                              I use the 404 nearly everyday it is really great. The settings make it really easy to sample pretty much anything, anytime, and with the built in microphone, anywhere. There are a ridiculous amount of really cool sounds so you can always pretty much get what your aiming for.

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