E-mu SP-1200

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The SP-1200 was THE drum machine & sampler combo of legendary status among old school rap and hip hop artists from the eighties and nineties. It is similar to today's Akai MPC samplers - it is a sampler plus drum machine. It has limited sampling specs: 26.040 kHz and 12-bit resolution. However the dirtiness of that sound is great for hip hop and house music. They say it sounds like "old vinyl"... It features groove quantizing and a disk drive for sample storage. As an upgraded version of the 1985 SP-12, the SP-1200 focused on its coolest feature - sampling. The preset drum sounds of the SP-12 were omitted, leaving room for up to 32 user samples of your own custom sampled and edited drum sounds.

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Although this machine was originally released in 1987, E-mu has reissued them again and again due to popular demand. They continued producing them until they ran out of the SSM filter chips they used, around 1998. It was just too legendary to give up as it was THE beat machine for old-school rap and hip hop! In 1997 a final reissued model was released with a cooler looking all-black case. With the SP-1200 it's easy and fun to grab those sliders and tune or tweak your sampled drum sounds all around! It is used by Roni Size, Todd Terry, Freddy Fresh, Daft Punk, Phil Collins, and The Prodigy.

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39 Visitor comments
TOP 20 BEATPORT
August 13, 2014 @ 6:08 am
Thank you sp!! Delivering hitzz in 2014 still!!
Master David
August 12, 2014 @ 2:53 am
Loopwhole, he knows whats up! I'm his biggest FAN! I got 3 sp1200s and no talent. Thats why i get so many likes on Facebook. The SP is real aight namsayin!
Mr. Handsome
August 12, 2014 @ 12:55 am
... it was and is still one of the best machines to do beats, it could have more sample time, but with a Akai S9xx or Emax I as slave youre good to go.
Peter Schmidt
August 11, 2014 @ 12:14 am
This machine really has its place in history. Easy to use and very intuitive. You cant go wrong with one of these!
Dface
August 10, 2014 @ 6:18 am
For me this machine is the most imortant tool ever, i use to run my own SP1200 Forum doing Beatbattles often, and if i dont like somebody, ill erase his posts. :D
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voice
  • Sampler - 26.040 kHz, 12 bit sampling; 4 2.5 second blocks (10 seconds); 256 KB memory
  • Patterns - 100
  • Songs - 100
  • Keyboard - 8 Touch Pads
  • Memory - 32 patches
  • Control - MIDI, SMPTE
  • Date Produced - 1987 - 1998
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