BOSS SP-202 Dr. Sample

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The SP-202 is a limited sampler designed for loops and grooves for DJs on a budget. It offers four low quality sample rates, from 31 to about 4 kHz, providing 20 to 260 seconds of sample time via built-in microphone, Mic or Line inputs. Each Pad to which you assign your samples can have user-selectable sampling rates in order to maximize sample time. It has six built-in effects including Pitch Shift, Filter 1 & 2, Time Stretch, Delay, and Ring Modulation. An innovative BPM function calculates the BPM from the sample length for easy loop/BPM syncing. The sampler can be battery powered, and comes with lots of sampled loops and one-shots to get you going.

Sample editing and effects editing is limited, to almost non-existent. In fact tempos are calculated for each loop automatically, and individual samples can't be pitch shifted, tempo adjusted, or have their volumes altered. It also lacks any re-sampling abilities, and with only four voices, the musical possibilities are quite limited. But it's great for the DJ who wants to run some material through its filters and effects, or to add a loop or groove over your DJ set, with live filtering and tweaking to liven' things up. For a fully professional sampler/sequencer workstation, check out the SP-808. The SP-202 has been used by Fatboy Slim.

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28 Visitor comments
August 19, 2010 @ 8:38 am
Also used by cLOUDDEAD.
July 29, 2010 @ 12:16 am
herramienta fundamental, super practica, trae un efecto "preset" de delay que ya que sampleaste unos buenos "kicks" y los pasas por este delay en vivo, hace creer a tu audiencia que traes un baterista de carne y hueso a todo lo que dá, super preciso y incansable.
June 4, 2010 @ 12:07 pm
I used to have one of these, sold it to a friend. It's a nice little sampler, with lots of features, and let's you be really creative!
fidelity 28
March 12, 2010 @ 9:01 pm
I love this machine, a concept that still to this day has djs, producers, musicians, noise manipulators, ect. have endless ways to express themselves.....What a great device with endless possibilities...
Joshua Leary
March 7, 2010 @ 6:59 pm
I've been using one for years and it does every thing I need it to do...
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Rated 3.2 (300 Votes)

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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - This demo displays the effects of the time stretch, filters, ring mod, and reverse effects on a Jungle drum loop.

    Manual - Roland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 4 voices
  • Oscillators - None
  • Sampler - 31.25kHz (hi-fi), 15.63kHz (standard), 7.81kHz (lo-fi), 3.91kHz (lo-fi 2); 32 to 260 seconds
  • Sequencer - None
  • Effects - Pitch, Filter, Resonant Filter, Time stretch, Ring Modulator, Delay
  • Memory - Holds 16 samples; offline storage to SmartMedia 5.5v Memory Card
  • Keyboard - None, 8 touch pads
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 2000

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