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Boss SP-505 Groove Sampling Workstation   

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This compact unit gives you 8 voices of CD-quality sampling, sophisticated sample editing tools (including chop, pitch, and BPM sync), plus a 4-part ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Total control for laying down grooves and working with sample loops.

This compact unit gives you 8 voices of CD-quality sampling, sophisticated sample editing tools (including chop, pitch, and BPM sync), plus a 4-part sequencer for creating grooves using samples or its 64 onboard tones (drums, bass, keyboard, and synth sounds). 26 killer DSP effects (including tape echo, isolator, and vinyl simulator), plus an easy graphic interface with realtime control knobs give you everything you need to create killer tracks. Imports WAV/AIFF files via optional SmartMedia card. Coaxial and optical digital inputs.

FEATURES
  • Compact sampling workstation with onboard sequencing and effects
  • 8 voices of CD-quality sampling, expandable up to 128MB via optional SmartMedia cards
  • Chop function divides loops and maps individual samples to pads
  • Pitch function for playing back samples at new pitches as on a keyboard
  • BPM sync function instantly matches up to 16 phrases to the same tempo
  • 64 onboard sounds with drums, bass, keyboard, synth sounds, and more
  • 4-part pattern sequencer with quantize for easy song creation
  • Intuitive graphic LCD (with waveform display) and 3 knobs
  • 26 DSP effects such as tape echo, isolator, vinyl simulator with resampling and realtime control
  • Imports WAV/AIFF files via SmartMedia

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4.3

(based on 8 reviews)

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4.0

The Boss SP 505 is the truth!

By VerbalTec

from Philadelphia, PA

To any hip-hop producers out there planning on buying an MPC- forget about it. For a grand less you can have the Sp 505 which has the same capabilities. I have been getting down on the SP 505 for a couple months and it is a great machine.

 
5.0

Good Sound at a Good Price

By PurifiedMindset

from Delray Beach, FL

The Micro Scope edit is awesome. If you've ever done MOD sequencing on a computer it reminds me of that. The versatility of the sampler is very handy. I like sampling drums, instruments, and phrases off records, movies, and videogames, and this is good for that. It's very easy to use. If you're like me and can't shell out a small fortune, it's great also. I never liked using preset sounds and this sampler is great for creating an original beat from bits of various music.

 
5.0

Good quality drum machine

By Maine The Apostle

from West Philadelphia Pa.

If you're new to the game or even an experienced producer this is the best beat maker on the market. user-friendly easy to make sample loops, and the price is just right for an independent artist. Get the SP-505 and take your production to the next level. I produced six songs on my cd using this machine and it sounds hot.

 
4.0

The Boss SP-505 good value for what it does!

By mwereski

from Los Angeles CA

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The only thing that didn't impress me about the SP-505 was the sequencer. It wasn't a step sequencer like a Yamaha or Korg machine. It uses something different called Micro Scope Edit which gives you instead of 1-16 notes in a measure it moves from 1-99. It also can have up to 8 measures of music with up to 8 beats per measure. The chop function works great for changing the sound of a drum loop or phrase. This sampler works like a computer, you can edit the sound's start and stop times. The pitch changer works pretty well. You can take a sample and apply it to 26 notes on the harmonic scale. This doesn't neccesarily work all the time though. Sometimes the sampler may take the reverb or end of the sound and change only the pitch of that. The sampler also will not change the length of the sample to fit the pitch. This sampler is great for remixing. One tip. If you have another beat box that has a better sequencer, than use that one as the controller. Works great for any genre of music. Nice effects also.

 
3.0

SP-505

By NeoBlastin

from Detroit, MI

I liked this a lot at first, but when I wanted to get real creative with it I found that you can only have 8 samples per measure, which is really lame. If you are just geting started with music creation I would recommend it. But to someone who has used a MPC or Korg Electribe sampler I would stick with that.

 
4.0

My First Sampler

By Cat Sith

from CA

I was going to go for the SP-303 at first, but I stumbled upon a SP-505 for the same price so I picked this one up. This is a cool little machine for a smaller cost. Its no MPC from what I heard, but its half the cost with 2/3 the quality of the MPC. Only real problem is no time strecth and weak pre-loaded samples. I think some better drum sounds should have came with it rather than these wack ones. But overall for my first sampler it does well. I will probably go for an MPC later maybe in the 2000XL series if I can afford.

 
4.0

Still going strong

By Bizarre

from SL, UT

I have had this for almost 2 years now. It is wonderful for sampling from ANYTHING, resampling with effects, using it as a mixer for live sound (many inputs). It's still sturdy (take into consideration that I have treated it like a child). I didn't give it full points because THERE ARE BETTER. Like the MC-909 from roland (this guys older brother). Thats next when I feel its time to upgrade (after I get my other equipment).All in all, this is KILLER and if you are a beginner its even better.

 
5.0

I just use for high school drumline.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I am just a student in High shcool and use this for drum line and is so much fun, and not that hard to learn how to do for beginers. It is super easy to record samples on it as well. For example our show needs an alarm sound, and it tool one minute to record it and edit the start and stop pionts and turn it into the best part of the one segment of the show.

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