-loop track play: this let you play the su200 as a sort of sequencer (this function also could be synced with external machines by midi), you can use the 3 banks as 3 different patterns, with 8 tracks (samples/pads) each other, and do the mute/unmute thing of those "tracks", wich is cool. you can pass bank by bank like sequencing on the roland sp404, it's quite the same. however, here you have not a real sequencer, you have 8 loops that play per bank (pattern) at the same time just as tracks. every loop/sample is synced at the same looptrack tempo, like on boss sp505/roland sp 606 bpm sync function
-"loop remix" and "slice" are very cool, they let you totally remix/stutter samples; "filter" is ok, "tech mod" a sort of lfo/tremolo thing plus ring modulator effect.
-ribbon is cool for control fx (you also have 2 knobs to do that) like on the su10; you can use ribbon controller also for scratch, and you can combine the fx+scratch (well, scratch is not that great, but for LoFing/Glitching is maybe ok...)
-you can resample while Loop Track play is active.
-the su200 works also with batteries, that's explains (in part) the low volume (but boss sp202/roland sp404 and yamaha su10 got batteries too, and their volume is OK!!wtf...)
-you can sample at different grades, but you can resample at 1 grade only (!!)in mono (!!)
-pitch scale is ok , but you cannot reample it(!!), you can only play with it alone, you cannot play it by external midi sequencer. (on the su10 it is possible)
-timestretch (job mode) is quite ok (...i have to retry it better...)
-you cannot use any fx with hi recorded samples (!!)
-one effect per one pad (!! you have an "hold" button to walk trough pads to apply fx or select/unselect)
-Time is a sort of timestretchin live, but very noisy, you cannot resample it, is not effective while Loop Track play is active...
-you have limited time for sampling (20sec in HI grade mono,1minute circa in EXTRALARGE grade mono , the smartmedia card is here only for storage (wav import/export or data import/export)
-editing is ok (start/end point, delete,truncate, reverse etc)
-scratch is the same as on su10, not that good
-you can copy samples between pads
-you can import/export wav (cool!)
-while resampling a stereo (mono?) HI grade sample, causes the pitch and bpm 1/2 of it, wich could be at time cool at time not good at all...
-sometimes (when samples are at maximum volume or at different grades, depending on the type of samples) samples played simultaneously can causes weird noise
This machine was originally conceived to work with yamaha AN200 or DX200, like for Boss dr202 and Boss sp202 at the time...
Alone, this is a machine for entry beginners level, but WITH A COOL COMPRESSOR OR PREAMP IT COULD BE COOLER. (volume not that high in my opinion)
i paied mine -used in good condition- just 40€ (45/50 usd more or less), so very very cheap, my advice is: don't buy it if you have many other samplers (like in my case) and for more than 60€