Roland has introduced the SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler, a new performance sampler for the AIRA instrument lineup. Designed for live use, the SP-404A expands the sounds of the Roland AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer for a combination of sample and percussive synthesis.
It also functions as a portable standalone sampler with a built-in mic and battery-powered operation. Offering a fast, hands-on approach, the SP-404A is a perfect fit for the rhythmic effects and step-sequencer of the TR-8.
The SP-404A is based on Roland’s popular SP-404SX, a longtime sampling favorite of DJs and music producers. All of the functions and features of the SP-404SX are contained in the SP-404A, including 16-bit linear sampling, 29 onboard DSP effects, smooth FX switching, 12 professional performance pads, and an onboard pattern sequencer.
The SP-404A can be triggered from the TR-8 Rhythm Performer via MIDI for an integrated beat and sample production. Users can incorporate samples from the SP-404A and use them in conjunction with drum patterns, and each of the TR-8’s 11 tracks can trigger a sample on the SP-404A, play a TR-8 sound, or both.
In addition, the TR-8 can be used as an audio sub-mixer and processor for the SP-404A. In this configuration, all samples played on the SP-404A can be effected using the TR-8’s Scatter feature to reverse, glitch, gate, truncate, stutter, and perform all types of rhythmic variations in perfect sync.
Samples can also be controlled by the TR-8’s per-step Side Chain function for rhythmic ducking and gating effects.
- Sample anytime, anywhere with the built-in mic and battery power
- Can be triggered from the 16-step sequencer in the TR-8 Rhythm Performer (TR-8 system version 1.50 or later required)
- AIRA black-and-green color scheme to match existing AIRA hardware
- “Sounds by Loopmasters” SD card includes over 100 new stereo samples, effects, and one-shots
- 29 DSP effects, including filter, delay, unique voice effects, subsonic, looper, and more
- Three control knobs, 12 trigger pads, and Sub Pad for rapid-repeat triggering
- Seamless effects switching for smooth, perfect performances
- Pattern sequencer with quantize mode and shuffle feels
- Import audio files from a computer and assign samples to pads with free Mac/Windows software.
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