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buying first sampler, advice appreciated

Postby iambrett3 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:50 pm

Hey guys, I've been doing a little research on samplers and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I'm looking for a basic sampler in the $400-600 price range. I was looking at the akai mpc series, which I like because the pads are huge, but it seemed as though they don't have enough memory to fit my needs. I need a good amount of memory space because i'll be using long samples that last several minutes. So I ended up looking at the roland SP-404SX which has a large amount of memory. Basically I'm wondering, is there anything like the mpc that has large rubber pads as well as a lot of memory?

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Re: buying first sampler, advice appreciated

Postby Ashe37 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:13 am

are you going to be dynamically changing how these samples are played back or will it be fairly static?
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Re: buying first sampler, advice appreciated

Postby iambrett3 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:47 am

Ashe37 wrote:are you going to be dynamically changing how these samples are played back or will it be fairly static?

mainly static. Like I'll literally just press the button and let it go or make beats live but I won't be using effects or changing the sound of the samples live if that's what you mean.
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Re: buying first sampler, advice appreciated

Postby gmeredith » Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:06 am

You could get the SP404 for the large memory and then just use a MIDI pad controller with large pads to control it like the Korg PadKontrol.

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Re: buying first sampler, advice appreciated

Postby madtheory » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:40 am

iambrett3 wrote:
Ashe37 wrote:are you going to be dynamically changing how these samples are played back or will it be fairly static?

mainly static. Like I'll literally just press the button and let it go or make beats live but I won't be using effects or changing the sound of the samples live if that's what you mean.

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Re: buying first sampler, advice appreciated

Postby Ashe37 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:41 pm

well yes, but i was avoiding that suggestion.
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Re: buying first sampler, advice appreciated

Postby iambrett3 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:36 pm

madtheory wrote:
iambrett3 wrote:
Ashe37 wrote:are you going to be dynamically changing how these samples are played back or will it be fairly static?

mainly static. Like I'll literally just press the button and let it go or make beats live but I won't be using effects or changing the sound of the samples live if that's what you mean.

Ableton Live.

Yeah I'm not interested In buying a laptop. I'll go with the 404
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Re: buying first sampler, advice appreciated

Postby blavatsky » Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:14 pm

I would go 404sx over the 404 personally
-no compression in audio (pure wave file, no loss)
-up to 16 (32 maybe?) gig cards supported, tons and tons of room
-much better copy/paste (use on patterns), ability to backup and load ALL samples as opposed to A/B banks like on 404/555
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