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
May 11, 2013 @ 11:21 am
way underrated piece of joy!

got dope? Dr. Sample has the right prescription!
hard knockin drums and magic crisp since 2001

"let men have machines and kids maschines"

April 25, 2013 @ 4:12 am
Just to update , iv found my own answer in the form of what are called "midi merger" boxes
they come two flavours , 2 in 1 out or 1 in 2 out
hope you all have a lot of fun with your sampler whatever it is :)
April 21, 2013 @ 5:22 pm
Thankyou GT
what controller would have two midi outs though ?
or could i get a split cable , ie, one midi out two midi ins

i just had a look on ebay and didnt see any midi split cables
April 15, 2013 @ 4:09 pm
@Stroboscopic you can but you'd need to get a little creative about it. The SP-303/404 have MIDI in but no MIDI out, so if you wanted to sync them via MIDI, you'd need to make your chained 303s slave to another master device with MIDI out, from which you would control tempo. Or you could just manually set the tempo on each of your 303s using the BPM button or tap tempo button but you'll need to have dead on timing in order to manually trigger things and not have be slightly out of time or moving in and out of phase.
April 8, 2013 @ 4:17 pm
hi , i have one of these and iv had it for ages , i love it , but heres a querie , can you chain these together and get them to beat sync ?
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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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