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Roland SP-808

"Groove Sampler"


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SP-808 specs - from Roland's page


    • Professional remix-oriented phrase sampler/hard disk audio recorder with 8 tracks (4 stereo audio tracks) and 16 assignable sample pads per bank (64 banks total)
    • Built-in Zip™ drive records all audio tracks and stores all samples on removable 100MB Zip disks; 64 minutes/1024 samples can be stored on a single disk for instant access
    • Automatic tempo calculation and display, resampling functions and time stretch functions
    • Onboard Roland reverb, chorus and delay effects including Delay RSS, Space Echo and Flanger, as well as Distortion, "Lo-fi," "Wah," "Band Isolator" and analog synth processing
    • Onboard Step Modulator effect simulates a classic Roland analog synth, modulating pitch, LFO, etc. in sequential steps
    • Revolutionary dual D-Beam* Controller allows for effects and sample control via hand and body movement over infrared light beam
    • Three assignable realtime control knobs for effects control
    • Can be used as a basic digital multi-track recorder
    • Four analog outputs standard; optional I/O board transfers all audio in the digital domain and provides 6 additional analog outputs
    • Backlit LCD, buttons and LED for use in low-light settings
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