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
December 5, 2011 @ 5:32 am
This machine only supports 2mb & 4mb 5V SmartMediaCard that are really really hard to find

Try ebay but don't be surprise if someone sell it for 70$ !!!!
November 1, 2011 @ 4:29 pm
has anyone ever tried to modify the SP-202 like people do with MPC's? if so, could someone email me or post some sites that i could use to begin some d.i.y. modification. maybe some memory expansion or upgrade the disc capabilities to modern SD-card &/or apply some effects using circuit bending remedies. eh! here's my music using it & some older stuff from before i had it: http://www.soundcloud.com185668232 |
October 21, 2011 @ 7:10 am
how can i buy the memory card today for the boss sampler sp-202
October 5, 2011 @ 5:29 am

has someone tried to hook this up with boss dr-5?
February 21, 2011 @ 2:44 pm
this was my first time journeying out of soft ware production for a long time and thouroghly enjoyed it no i just use it as a filter and ring mod for other devices but will be getting big into sampling when the time is right every electronic musician needs a sampler and this is a good entry level one
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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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