Bitexion wrote:Found a Roland S-550 w/ monitor and mouse for sale today at a very good price.
Perhaps the best of the 12-bit machines.
Bitexion wrote:I've never used a hardware sampler before. Is it easy?
The S-550 is easier than many to use, but by no means is it easy overall.
Bitexion wrote:Can I just plug a mic straight into it and record at will? Or must it be a line signal from an instrument/preamp?
It needs line-level input, IIRC.
Bitexion wrote:Will it be difficult to load samples into it from my computer? Like sampled strings, drumsets etc and multisamples?
If the S-550 has SCSI and your computer does, and you have softs to support it, then it will be fast and relatively easy. If not, you will have to use MIDI sample dump, which will be much slower, but given the smaller memory, perhaps not an issue. Again, check your softs to make sure they can do it.
There may also be disk utilities if your computer has a floppy drive.
Bitexion wrote:I've mostly only found great reviews of it, it has analog filters and sounds good etc. A cool plus is the monitor w/ black/green text, get that Fairlight feeling almost?
It has digital filters, not analog. It is a good machine to be sure, but it does require some real effort to be musically useful.
If you are looking for lo-fi sound, well, it only kinda has it. It is about as good as 12-bit gets, which is to say it is somewhere between the fashionable lo-fi with character, and early 16-bit. A no-man's-land, so to speak.
A question for you: do you know how to sample and loop and prepare a multisample set? Such skills will be necessary.
Some links for you:http://www.s550.net/http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/PCtoS550/http://soundprogramming.net/samplers/ro ... land_s_550http://www.fmjsoft.com/aamain.shtml