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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22 Visitor comments
October 17, 2009 @ 5:38 pm
sold my harsh bright sounding 404 and bought one of these.

though it is slower, space is limited, and has less pads, i like this machine more than its newer counterparts. + its much sexier looking

i just wish i could trigger recording with a footswitch.

i've been wanting to check out a 202.
Duke of Distortion
July 26, 2009 @ 12:23 pm
This awesome toy is/was used by Beck, The Flaming Lips, El Ten Eleven, and these are only the ones I know.

Due to it's effects-section the machine is great for playing around and as far as I can see, the phrase "Everybody needs a 303" get's an additional meaning since the SP-303 exists. It just looks cool on the table and the lack of nonsense (groovebox) features is definately a plus!
January 4, 2009 @ 6:18 pm
started out on the 303. then i finally got a 2000xl and i run my input through the 303 into my mpc so i can use the 303 effects ,they sound gritty and the crappy compressor in it is dope on kicks and snares.. 303=classic already
December 10, 2008 @ 6:12 pm
Man, I got a get me one of these. I can't afford an mpc or an sp1200 so this lookss like the right choice.
December 1, 2008 @ 3:34 pm
bought an sp-303 for 175. best money spent this thing rocks!!! super user friendly and alot of fun to create beats on. only thing i wish i could use it as a midi controller but such is life final words great sampler easy to use good effects if you find one BUY IT!!!
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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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