Roland S-220

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The S-220 is an upgraded rackmount version of the original S-10 sampling keyboard with polyphony that has been doubled to 16 voices. Like the S-10, it is still a very limited consumer-grade sampler. Its sampling specs are limited to a 12-bit, 30kHz sample-rate. With only 256k of internal memory spread over 4 banks (64k per bank) you get a maximum sample time of 4.4 seconds (1.1 seconds per bank). That's hardly enough for any serious music production. Samples can be stored and loaded on a built-in 2.8" floppy disk system called the Quick Disk drive (which isn't very quick by today's standards). The S-220 also features 4 part multitimbrality and up to 5 audio outputs.

Roland has created some nice libraries for the S-10 on disk which are compatible with the S-220. Creating your own samples is pretty easy and was designed for any novice to intermediate player. 30kHz or 15kHz sampling is available, and the S-220 has a pretty good auto-loop feature. The 12-bit resolution and 30-15kHz sample-rates mean lo-fi quality (which you might find desirable). Further edit parameters include sample trimming, looping, reverse, tuning, envelope editing, filtering, velocity effects and hi-pass or low-pass filtering. All this editing is achieved by assigning the parameters to a dial or wheel just like the Alpha Juno series. Though the S-220 is an entry-level sampler, S-330 is a more advanced system with professional appeal.

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7 Visitor comments
December 17, 2013 @ 5:17 pm
Peewee the MKS-100 also had a limiter but the s220 has more sample time and superior.

the s220 is probably rolands finest sampler.
PeeWee Herman
September 10, 2013 @ 9:03 am
The best Roland Sampler to date,

The only roland sampler with a limiter on the input which aids in making fat and punchy drums,

similar to how the ensoniq mirages compressor adds phatness but a different flavour.

Yes the mirage has a onboard compressor and that thing sounds heavenly with its analogue filters.

Great sound, one of the most overlooked samplers in history becuase of the QDisks but beyond that this thing absolutely kills in the sound department.

A samplists sampler, guys who depend on factory content look elsewhere as a sampler is not meant for you.
February 18, 2013 @ 11:09 am
Wow, love this baby! Diskdrive was dead but was easy to fix, two hours and rubber band needed. Booted up, started to sample. Found this baby easy to edit if familiar with alpha-dial. The sound is somewhat unique wouldn't say actually that lofi (some toysamplers are lofi this isn't), more like a phat/gritty/noisy but still quality. One thing sure, it's very aggressive. It has limiter on the preamp which can used to create sick effects when saturated. Autoloop after sampling (actually works), funky arpeggiator which even can be synced by audiotrigger. Filter is unusable as it's not realtime.
November 11, 2009 @ 4:13 pm
im about to check this out midid up to the sp1200..
1.1 seconds per sample!
April 13, 2009 @ 6:46 pm
Word Merv, this is LOFI heaven. I just got one and i love it!
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  • Demos & Media
  • Manual - Roland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Sampler - 12-bit, 30kHz
  • Multitimbral - 4-parts
  • Memory - 256k, 4.4 seconds total sample time
  • Filter - Hi-pass, Low-pass filters
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1987
  • Resources & Credits
  • Christopher Baumbach, found at Synth Site.

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