Designed for live use, Roland SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler expands the sounds of the Roland AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer (sold separately) for a powerful combination of sample and percussive synthesis. The fast, hands-on approach of the acclaimed SP-series performance samplers is a perfect fit for the impressive rhythmic effects and iconic step-sequencer of TR-8.
All of the functions and features of the popular SP-404SX (now discontinued) are contained in SP-404A, including its distinctive 16-bit linear sampling, 29 onboard DSP effects, smooth effects switching and 12 professional performance pads. Plus, a special library of sounds curated by sample-industry leader Loopmasters is provided on the included SD card.
Whether used standalone or controlled by TR-8, SP-404A makes for an intuitive and inspiring addition to the AIRA range of performance instruments for DJs, musicians and producers.
- 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 (sold separately, TR-8 system version 1.50 or later required)
- AIRA black-and-green color scheme to match existing AIRA hardware
- Included '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
TR sequencer meets SP-style sampling
SP-404A can be triggered from TR-8 for powerful, integrated beat and sample production. Simply connecting a MIDI cable between the two gives you the ability to incorporate samples from SP-404A and use them in conjunction with your drum patterns. Each of TR-8's 11 tracks can trigger a sample on SP-404A, play a TR-8 sound or both, enabling you to create interesting layers and accents. TR-8 can trigger any sample from any of the multiple banks in SP-404A, making it easy to access new sounds with a turn of the dial.
Sample Scatter and Side Chain
By connecting the stereo output of SP-404A to TR-8's external audio input, you can use TR-8 as a sub-mixer and processor for the sampler. In this configuration, all samples played on SP-404A can be effected using the powerful TR-8 Scatter feature to reverse, glitch, gate, truncate, stutter and perform all manner of rhythmic variations from subtle to extreme, all in perfect sync. The use of the external input also allows samples to be effected by TR-8's per-step Side Chain function: simply program a pattern with Side Chain in TR-REC mode and access eight rhythmic ducking and gating effects.
Sounds by Loopmasters
SP-404A comes with nine banks of premium samples to get you started with sample looping. The sound library on the included SD card was created by Loopmasters, one of the world's leading sample developers. The samples in the library have been designed specifically to complement TR-8 but will work great in standalone applications, too.
Additional samples can be loaded via the SD card slot, which supports SDHC card sizes up to 32 GB. Import WAV or AIFF audio files from your Mac or Windows computer using the dedicated software and then assign them to SP-404A's pads. The software is fast and easy to use, as it displays SP-404A's pads on screen, and it's also possible to convert SP-404 format files for use in SP-404A.
Sampling is not limited to the studio with SP-404A: the built-in microphone allows for simple recording anytime and anywhere inspiration may strike, powered by AC or six AA batteries. Line inputs enable direct sampling from a mixer or external device, and a mic input is also available for sampling with an external microphone. And your sampled material always sounds great, thanks to SP-404A's high-quality, uncompressed WAV audio-capture format.
With its interactive loop and pattern sequencer controls, SP-404A is made to be played. Take command with three non-slip control knobs and 12 rubber trigger pads, plus a Sub Pad for rapid-repeat triggering in real time. On dark stages or DJ booths, SP-404A is an ideal live machine, as the clearly illuminated pads and bright LED screen ensure clear visibility as soon as you power on.
Your signature sounds can be sculpted at any time via SP-404A's 29 onboard DSP effects. Essentials include spacious reverbs and choruses plus lush filters and delays, and all provide seamless switching for smooth transitions while performing. There are also striking, performance-based effects on hand, including a voice transformer and a looper. The filter and isolator provide the ability to radically alter your sounds and transform them into all-new elements for reuse.
Combined with a DJ mixer, SP-404A can be used as a standalone effects processor. A unique 'limiter' mode is used in 17 effects types to prevent overloading, ensuring stable sound with no unwanted sonic artifacts. This mode is especially effective for live DJ performances, safeguarding your sounds at critical moments.
The number of loops that SP-404A can handle is practically endless, but this feature is only part of its immense power. Songs, jams and tracks can be built in seconds thanks to the onboard pattern sequencer, which is specifically designed for real-time track creation. Optimized for live engagement, it features a powerful quantize mode that includes shuffle feels for groove, swing and movement. You can create patterns on the fly via the 99 available measures, and with continuous looping, the ability to layer, structure and shape a track is available at your fingertips.
You're able to store 120 patterns (12 patterns × 10 banks) and recall them instantly. This lets you perform live sets exactly as you envision them, with the comfort of knowing that you always have the freedom to improvise. When you play back patterns, the LEDs surrounding the display flash with the pattern tempo, providing handy visual feedback during your live performances.
|Included from Manufacturer||Power supply
SD card containing Loopmasters sample content
|Number of Keys||None|
|Programs/Presets||120 samples (12 slots × 10 banks) stored on SD card
120 patterns (12 slots × 10 banks) stored on SD card
|Voices of Polyphony||12|
|Sequencer||Pattern sequencer with ±16,000 maximum recordable notes/events
Resolution: 96 ticks per quarter note
Pattern length: 1-99 measures
Recording method: realtime loop recording
|Sampling||Onboard sampling via stereo input, onboard microphone or microphone input|
|Internal Storage Capacity||Storage via SD card slot with support for SDHC cards up to 32GB|
|Audio File Playback||Yes|
|Audio Inputs||L/R stereo RCA line input
1/4" microphone input
|Audio Outputs||L/R stereo RCA output
1/4" stereo headphone output
|Expansion||SD card slot with support for SDHC cards up to 32GB|
|Product Weight||2 lbs. 11 oz.|
|Unique Features||Connect SP404A to Roland AIRA TR-8 via MIDI and use TR-8's sequencer to trigger samples on SP404A|
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