SP-404

Sampling Workstation

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SP-404: Sampling Workstation

Portable Power-Sampler with FX

Features

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Picking up where Roland’s popular SP-303 sampler left off, the new SP-404 is built on a foundation of more: more features, more voices, more pads, and more memory. The SP-404’s sleek, silver look is new to the SP family, and it surpasses its predecessor by offering battery-power compatibility, a CompactFlash slot, and a built-in microphone for quick, stress-free sampling sessions. Just turn it on, aim, and record — no cables and mics to connect. Then get down to the business of making beats and patterns, and add extra color with the great effects built into this little powerhouse. Even with all the bonus features, the SP-404 is still amazingly affordable.

  • 12 large pads, three control knobs, jumbo display, same friendly operation as SP-303
  • 29 effects, including new Subsonic, BPM Looper, and more
  • Built-in microphone for quick sampling
  • CD-quality sound
  • Expanded sampling time
  • 12-voice polyphony
  • Realtime loop recording
  • Sample-editing tools
  • Import/export WAV/AIF via CompactFlash card slot; supports up to 1GB card
  • Runs on battery or AC power
Two Sampling Modes
The name Roland is synonymous with “great sound,” and the SP-404 doesn’t disappoint. The sampling and playback quality of this instrument, affordable as it is, is crystal-clear Compact Disc-grade. You can record audio directly into the SP-404, or import/export industry-standard WAV and AIF files via CompactFlash card. Fear not, lo-fi lovers — the SP-404 also provides a Lo-Fi sampling mode, so you can scorch, roast, and crunch your audio if desired.

Realtime Pattern Recording
After the SP-404 is loaded with the audio of your choice, the fun begins by creating custom beats and tracks via onboard pattern sequencer. This easy-to-use sequencer allows up to 8,000 notes to be recorded in real time. For perfect playback, your pattern data can be quantized to the note value of your choice. Up to 24 patterns, each 1–99 measures long, can be stored in the internal memory simultaneously. On CompactFlash cards, you can save 96 additional patterns with 8,000 notes of recording capacity per card.

Quick Sampling & Editing
If you need to capture audio fast, the SP-404 provides an easy, efficient sampling engine; just connect an audio source or external microphone — or use the built-in mic. The SP-404 can house up to 24 samples in memory simultaneously. On CompactFlash cards, you can store up to 96 samples; if you use a 1GB CompactFlash card, sampling times can be as long as 772 minutes (!) in Lo-Fi mode, or up to 386 minutes long in Standard mode. The SP-404 provides sample-editing tools for setting start and end points, adjusting levels, and more.

29 Onboard Effects
Twist, bend, and animate your audio with the SP-404’s expressive effects, and manipulate them in real time using the front-panel control knobs. Shake the walls with Subsonic. Drive the dancefloor wild with the BPM Looper (grab a region on the fly and loop it) and DJFX Looper (change speed and reverse audio to get a turntable scratch-like sound). Also offered: reverb, flanger, delay, Voice Transformer, distortion, filter, Slicer, Isolator, Vinyl Simulator, and more. Best of all, the SP-404’s effects can be applied to multiple samples simultaneously or live input signals. You can also select the multieffects directly by pressing the MFX button and the corresponding pad at the same time.

Onboard Microphone & I/O
An external microphone can be plugged into the SP-404’s mic input and used to capture audio, but those who want to sample fast and spontaneously will love the built-in microphone. Just aim, point, and record! If you want to sample pre-recorded sounds, simply connect your CD player or sound source to the SP-404’s line input jacks (L, R) and sample away. For playback, the SP-404 offers line outputs (L, R) as well as a headphone output for privacy. A MIDI input connector is provided for controlling the SP-404 externally.

CompactFlash
The SP-404 comes equipped with an industry-standard CompactFlash slot that accepts cards of up to 1GB capacity. You can even import WAV and AIF files into the SP-404 via CompactFlash, and vice versa. CF cards are handy, reliable, and readily available on the mass market.

Specs

Maximum Polyphony
12 voices
Internal Memory
Samples
24 (12 samples x 2 banks)
* Including Pre-loaded Samples
Patterns
24 (12 patterns x 2 banks)
* Including Pre-loaded Patterns
Memory Card (CompactFlash)
Samples
96 (12 samples x 8 banks)
Patterns
96 (12 patterns x 8 banks)
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz
Data Format
SP-404 original format (.WAV/ AIFF import/ export possible)
Sampling Mode
STANDARD/ LO-FI
Sample Edit
Start Point, End Point, Level, Truncate
Pattern Sequencer
Maximum recordable notes
Internal Memory: Approx. 8,000 notes (Including Pre-loaded Patterns)
Memory Card (CompactFlash): Approx. 8,000 notes
Resolution
96 ticks per quarter note
Pattern Length
1-99 measures
Recording method
Realtime Loop Recording (with quantize function)
Effects
29 types
Signal Processing
AD Conversion
24 bit
DA Conversion
24 bit
Display
7 segments, 3 characters (LED)
Onboard Mic
Mono x 1
Connectors
LINE INPUT Jacks (L, R), LINE OUTPUT Jacks (L, R), Headphones (PHONES) Jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type), MIC Jack, MIDI IN Connector, AC Adaptor Jack, Memory Card Slot (CompactFlash)
Power Supply
DC 9 V (Dry Battery LR6 (AA) type x 6 or AC Adaptor)
Expected battery life under continuous use
Alkaline: 6 hours
* These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Current Draw
300 mA
Accessories
Owner’s Manual, AC Adaptor (PSB-1U)
Size and Weight
Width
178 mm
7 inches
Depth
257 mm
10-1/8 inches
Height
72 mm
2-7/8 inches
Weight
1.3 kg
2 lbs. 14 oz.
excluding batteries
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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