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Phrase sampling AND sequencing in a compact, affordable box!
The BOSS SP-303 Dr. Sample offers DJs and musicians a compact, easy-to-use portable phrase sampler with CD-quality sound, eight-note polyphony, 26 onboard effects, and a realtime pattern sequencer—all at a price that even scratch-deprived DJs can handle. Includes power supply. For sampling and effects processing any time, any place, the SP-303 can't be beat. Includes power supply.
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I purchased my SP-303 at a local music shop. It was the floor model, and came with nothing but the sampler and the power supply. After searching the web for an hour or so I came across literally hundreds of quick start guides and user groups. A half hour after downloading the manual I was up and running with my own samples. This thing is great.
This is the only sampling station I've used but I'm quite pleased with it. It's relatively easy to use, it has some nice effects, and the removable media slot is key. I use it as a slave to a MC-505 Groovebox and it works out nicely.
I've had this thing for years. It's held up well. The effects are cool. The layout is easy to use. A severe problem would be the sequencer. It's not that you can only do patterns in real time, it's the fact that everything just loops and loops. This makes it hard to get a good, clean ending on a recording. I'd hate to hear the trainwrecks this thing could cause in a live setting. All in all, if you're a musician looking for a good sounding, entry level sampler, it gets the job done. However, if you intend to perform live, spend the extra money on something with more performance friendly features.
All in all it's a good little unit, but I came across one glitch. I deleted the factory soundsfrom the A/B banks, and now can't record without a card. It's like the onboard memory is non-functional now, even after "initializing" the memory according to the manual. It records fine to cards however. And just try to find some tech support for this unit!!!
As a basic sampler, it's extremely easy to use and very well designed for sampling and editing samples on the fly. The onboard fx are fantastic (including reverb, pitch shift, bit reduction, wah, eq, flanger, tremolo), and can be manipulated in real-time using the knobs. In fact in live performance I use it more for effects than sampling. Effects can only be used on one or all pads, and you can only use 1 effect at a time. The sample pads can be set to play to the end of the sample, or stop playing when you lift the pad. You can also loop samples and use the "Hold" button to keep looping a particular pad until you tap it again. In addition the the sample pads, there's an "external source" pad which lets you toggle a line input on and off. Holds a total of 20-30 seconds of sampling time without additional cards. Cons: Cannot arrange a single sample in different pitches across the keys to be played melodically. The only pitch shift does not slow down or speed up the sample. Immediately after recording a sample, the machine is unusuable for a few seconds while it processes the sample.It has a sequencer, but I haven't used it yet.