BOSS SP-303 Dr. Sample

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The BOSS SP-303 Dr. Sample offers DJs and musicians a compact, portable phrase sampler with CD-quality sound, 8-note polyphony, 26 onboard effects and a realtime pattern sequencer. Definitely a step up from the SP-202, with full 44.1 kHz sampling, double the polyphony and much greater sampling memory and effects processing, but still just as compact and easy to use.

Use the SP-303 to sample sounds and loops or grooves (the highest sample time is about 200 min. with a 64MB SmartMedia Card and a sample rate of 11 khz). Then trigger up to 8 mono samples at once. Create songs from your loops and phrases (up to 99 measures). There are 26 effects like reverb, flanger, delay Voice Transformer, distortion, Slicer, Isolator, Lo-Fi, and Vinyl Simulator plus filter Cutoff and Resonance. The Resample feature allows you to make new samples of your sounds with the effects you've applied.

The SP-303 is an inexpensive alternative to more expensive samplers in a compact package perfectly suited for DJs and live on-stage performers. Plenty of quality specs without too many bells & whistles to get you bogged down.

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303 LOVER
October 15, 2008 @ 10:51 am
Very good sounding, fun to use, compact sampler! I had the 404 but sold it because I thought it sounded harsh and splashy (like some bad mp3). The 303 sounds lovely, creamier than the 404. I love the sound of "long", so buttery! The effects are very usable, and the sequencer is easy to use. If there was multiple outputs on this one, or if you could pan the samples in it to make a stereo mix, this would have been a extremely good beat-making tool. But it's good just the way it is too.
Madlib, J Dilla and MF Doom has all shown that pretty amazing work can be done with just this one.
Silvestar
September 22, 2008 @ 11:54 am
I own a Roland SP-404 which is basically the same thing....
This product has literally changed my concept on beats...PERIOD!
Forget about assing around on a computer to make hip beats...or complete songs for that matter.....this will take you places...
http://www.myspace.com/silversonicsoundsystem
 
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Demo of the SP-303 in action. From Future Music CD issue 110.

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

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Oscillators - None
  • Sampler - 44.1 kHz (standard), 22.05 kHz (long), 11.025 kHz (lo-fi); 31 seconds to 202 min
  • Sequencer - None
  • Effects - 26 effects including Filter + Drive, Pitch, Delay, Vinyl Sim, Isolator, Reverb, Tape Echo (+19 more!)
  • Memory - 32 samples (16 intern, 16 SmartMedia 3.3V Card); up to 112 samples backup
  • Keyboard - 8 touch pads
  • Control - MIDI IN
  • Date Produced - 2001
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Roland-US.

    Reviewed August 2008.

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