Roland SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler

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Roland SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler
Key Features
  • 16-Bit Linear Sampling (WAV & AIFF)
  • Use Standalone or Integrate with TR-8
  • Onboard DSP Effects: 29
  • Smooth FX Switching
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The Roland SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler is a 16-bit sampler with an integrated sequencer, 29 onboard DSP effects, smooth FX switching, and twelve professional performance pads, well suited for DJs, musicians, and producers. The SP-404A can be integrated with the Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer (available separately) for powerful, integrated beat and sample production. Each of the TR-8's eleven tracks can trigger a sample on the SP-404A, a TR-8 sound, or a blend of both. The TR-8 can trigger any sample from any of the multiple banks in the SP-404A, making for easy access to sample production at the turn of a dial.
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Roland SP-404A Overview

The Roland SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler is a 16-bit sampler with an integrated sequencer, 29 onboard DSP effects, smooth FX switching, and twelve professional performance pads, well suited for DJs, musicians, and producers. The SP-404A can be integrated with the Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer (available separately) for powerful, integrated beat and sample production. Each of the TR-8's eleven tracks can trigger a sample on the SP-404A, a TR-8 sound, or a blend of both. The TR-8 can trigger any sample from any of the multiple banks in the SP-404A, making for easy access to sample production at the turn of a dial.

By connecting the stereo RCA outputs of the SP-404A to the TR8's external audio input, you can use the TR-8 as a sub-mixer and processor for the sampler. Using this setup configuration allows any sample from the SP-404A to be effected using the TR-8's scatter feature to reverse, glitch, gate, truncate, stutter, and perform all manner of rhythmic variations, from subtle to extreme.

For standalone operation, songs, jams, and tracks can be built in seconds thanks to the onboard pattern sequencer, which is specifically designed for real-time track creation. Create and store up to 120 patterns with each pattern offering up to 99 measures with continuous looping and layering, for shaping song structures quickly and efficiently. The three nonslip control knobs and twelve performance trigger pads allow for an unprecedented amount of control.

The Roland SP-404A ships with a 1GB SD card with nine banks of premium samples by Loopmasters. Additional samples can be loaded via SD card (up to 32GB). You may also import WAV or AIFF audio files from your Mac or Windows computer. The unit is powered by the included AC adapter or four AA batteries, allowing for use anytime or anywhere. What's more, there's an integrated microphone for capturing samples in the middle of nowhere. Songs, jams, and tracks can be built in seconds thanks to the onboard Pattern Sequencer, which is specifically designed for real-time track creation.

  • Sample anytime, anywhere with the built-in mic and battery power
  • Can be triggered from the 16-step sequencer in the TR-8 Rhythm Performer (TR-8 system version 1.50 or later required)
  • AIRA black-and-green color scheme to match existing AIRA hardware
  • Sounds by Loopmasters SD card includes over 100 new stereo samples, effects, and one-shots
  • 29 DSP effects, including filters, delays, unique voice effects, subsonic effects, looper, and more
  • Three control knobs, 12 trigger pads, and SUB PAD for rapid-repeat triggering
  • Seamless effects switching for smooth, perfect performances
  • Pattern sequencer with quantize mode and shuffle feels
  • Import audio files from a computer and assign samples to pads with free Mac/Windows software
UPC: 761294512258

Roland SP-404A Specs

Polyphony12
Recordable DataSamples: 120 (12 Samples × 10 Banks) (Stored on SD Card)
Patterns: 120 (12 Patterns × 10 Banks) (Stored on SD Card)
Sampling TimesMaximum Sampling Time (size) for a Single Sample: Approximately 180 Minutes in Stereo (2 GB)
Approximate Total Sampling Time of the Samples that can be Stored on one SD Card
Card Capacity / Stereo (Mono):
1 GB / Approximately 90 Minutes (180 Minutes)
2 GB / Approximately 180 Minutes (360 Minutes)
4 GB / Approximately 360 Minutes (720 Minutes)
8 GB / Approximately 720 Minutes (24 hours)
16 GB / Approximately 24 hours (48 hours)
32 GB / Approximately 48 hours (96 hours)

The 1 GB SD Card Included with the SP-404A Maximum Sampling Time will be Less Than the Time Above because It Contains Preloaded Data.
Data Format16-Bit Linear (WAV/AIFF)
Sampling Rate44.1 kHz
SequencerMaximum Recordable Notes: Approximately 16,000 Notes
Resolution: 96 Ticks per Quarter Note
Pattern Length: 1-99 Measures
Recording Method: Real-Time Loop Recording (with Shuffle Quantize Function)
Effects29 Types
Pads12 + SUB Pad x 1
ControllersControl Knob x 3
Display7 Segments, 3 Characters (LED)
Mic Input1 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm
ConnectorsLine In: 2 x RCA (L, R)
Line Out: 2 x RCA (L, R)
Headphone: 1/4" / 6.35 mm Stereo
Mic In: 1/4" / 6.35 mm
MIDI In: 5-Pin DIN
Power: DC In
Card Slot: SD
PowerAC Adapter: 450 mA
Battery: 6 x Alkaline Battery (AA, LR6) / Rechargeable NiMH battery (AA, HR6)
Battery Life (approx.)Rechargeable NiMH battery: Approximately 5 hours (When Using Batteries with a Capacity of 1900 mAh)
Alkaline Battery: Approximately 4 Hours
Dimensions7.0 x 10.1 x 2.9" / 17.8.x 25.7 x 7.3 cm
Weight2.6 lb / 1.2 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.8 x 10 x 6.7"
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