Sequential Circuits Studio 440

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The Studio 440 is like the Grand-Daddy of Sequencing/Sampling Drum and Music Production Machines. You may have heard of the Akai MPC60, MPC2000, MPC3000 and E-mu SP1200 machines. Although some of these exceed the limits of the Studio 440, it is still very much worth checking out! The major difference between the modern Akai MPCs and the Studio 440 is that its sampler is 12-bit. A little lo-fi in comparison to the 16-bit MPC. The Studio 440 also has a slim 520kb memory so you won't have much time to sample anymore than some short percussion and drums.

Similar to the MPC60, the Studio 440 has an analog lowpass filter which is always fun. Unfortunately it is not resonant. The Sequencer is intuitive and quite functional with a capacity of 50,000 notes, 8 separate tracks and a swing function. But unlike its contemporaries, the 440 has some visionary features for its time. MIDI data from the sequencer can be transmitted out so that it can play external MIDI instruments. There is also built-in SCSI for external drives and storage.

The 440 is pleasant to look at, even today. It's simple to use and sounds pretty darn good despite its lo-fi 12-bit sampler. Though an MPC is likely a better buy than the 440 these days the 440 still commands quite a high asking price. It was, after all, one of Sequential's last products. It was way ahead of its time and was also very hip! They are rare and difficult to have serviced - what else would you expect from a Vintage instrument!

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26 Visitor comments
April 27, 2013 @ 12:13 pm
wanna sell your dreadful 440 to me bumbaclart?
please post a link to these 5$ replacements for the sp
March 15, 2013 @ 11:04 pm
Ok I'll make it simpler for you try and understand. "IF" you have a problem with pads on an SP ,MPC,Drumtrax £5 for an off the shelf replacement= sorted. On a 440 forget it!
stuodio 440 head
March 8, 2013 @ 1:25 pm
well i disagree.....maybe you dont know how to use it, i dont have have nay double course you should check the pads before buying one....same as youd do on a sp1200 or a mpc60....even the keys on a synth lol...i repeat i have no issues....just cos u got a faulty unit....doesnt mean its gospel for all the other ones
February 10, 2013 @ 7:23 pm
@stuodio 440 head
I think the main fault with the pads is the actual "non-servicable" design of the pad should anything go wrong (Like it did with mine). The switching mechanism consists of a lower layer that contains conductive ink and connects to the PC board with a flexible connector, a center layer that is the spacer for the switch, and the top layer that contains the conductive ink. This mylar layer design never really took off ,were unreliable and were replaced with superior velocity sensitive switching designs... thus my warning to check the pads!
stuodio 440 head
January 9, 2013 @ 3:26 pm
I wouldnt agree with that last post at all....the pads are fine on the studio440....never had any issues. They aint as good as the mpc60, but neither are the sp1200 ones
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - This is an original demo of the Studio 440 with its typical sounds and a ReBirth 303 acid-line (to spruce it up).

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Sampler - 12-bit 16-32-44KHz
  • Memory - 512kb; SCSI port
  • Filter - Analog Lowpass non-resonant filter with envelope
  • Sequencer - 50,000 notes, 8 tracks, with adjustable swing (50 - 75%) and more
  • Keyboard - 8 pads
  • Effects - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1987
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Andre Schaefer.

    Thanks to Johan Sahlberg - F L Y H for providing some information.

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