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Roland SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector

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The ultimate SP is here, streamlined for production and performance.

The Roland SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector was designed to be the ultimate SP sampler, carefully refined through community feedback and extensive research and development. It's faster and better than ever, with a vivid OLED display, expressive new pads, expanded effects, fluid sequencing and sampling, and a massive library of authentic sounds to inspire your music.

The SP-404MKII has everything people love about its predecessor, plus much more. Longtime users and new beatmakers alike will feel right at home with the intuitive layout and classic SP effects. People who make music with SP samplers love the rapid workflow, portability and tactile approach they offer. The SP-404MKII takes this experience even further, retaining the lightweight-yet-rugged design while adding features that make it even easier to create in any scenario. With its vivid OLED screen and zoomable waveform view, sample editing is smooth like butter.

Layer and route multiple simultaneous bus effects for intricate sound textures, or plug into the mic/guitar input and jam with ready-to-go Vocoder, Auto Pitch and Guitar Amp Simulator effects. The SP-404MKII gives you the flexibility to create patterns with unique feel and energy. It's also possible to organize patterns for different sets and chain them together to automate playback. With your hands freed up, you can stretch out on the SP effects controls or let rip on your favorite synth.

Download the SP-404MKII App from Roland Cloud Manager to go even deeper with your Mac or PC. And while you'e there, check out Roland's exclusive Beatmaker Sample Pack series for more sonic material from legendary sound designers and musicians to inspire your next production.

Firmware Update 2.0
Your SP-404MKII is about to get even better. Update to version 2.0 (for free) and infuse your sampler with even more features, including TR-REC style Step Sequencer, Chromatic Mode recording, VariPhrase timestretch encoder, new FX and more.

VariPhrase Sampling
Ready for even better timestretching tech? We’ve brought back our legendary VariPhrase algorithm, so now you can stretch a sample’s pitch and time with superior sound quality and less audio degradation.

More FX
You can never have too many effects, and your SP comes loaded with industry-leading
sonic staples to enhance any jam. Now, you’ve got a new selection of sounds at your
fingertips. Tap into new MFX including Cloud Delay, SX Delay, SX Reverb, and Backspin. Plus, new input Harmony Effects will expand performance possibilities for vocalists and instrumentalists.

Other updates:
• TR-REC style Step Sequencer for classic approaches to programming
• Chromatic Mode recording plus polyphony and scale setting for deeper control of melodic and harmonic programming
• MIDI CC for program change, controlling effect parameters and more
• Enhanced DJ mode that lets you mix between SP patterns
• Motion recording for sub step, pitch and velocity
• Skip Back Sampling increased from 25 to 40 seconds


Bigger, better, faster, stronger
  • Serious upgrades like 16 ultra-expressive pads and updated knobs for smooth, hands-on control, swift project loading and sample import, easy project access via 16GB of internal storage, plus a revamped sampling and sequencing workflow, Skip Back Sampling for quick performance capture, DJ mode to mix beats live and more
Guerilla beatmaking
  • Bang out beats anywhere with AA or mobile battery power, capture audio from or stream direct to your mobile device via USB, or collaborate with a partner using the dual headphones outputs and mic/guitar input
A sampler with soul
  • Chop up samples by tapping out edit points in real time, or use auto chop to slice samples automatically—then finesse them with envelope and pitch shift, and use the new resampling workflow to re-record patterns and effects layers for detailed sound design
All about effects
  • Process, flip and twist your sounds with legendary SP effects and a selection of new classics like Lo-fi, Cassette Simulator and Resonator
Performance-tuned sequencing
  • Adjustable input quantize and shuffle for custom swing, Pad Link for firing off multiple samples with a single tap, Roll button for variable note repeat and BPM-per-bank for instant tempo changes
Sound stash
  • Blazing-fast 16GB of internal memory stores a huge collection of curated samples to choose from and plenty of room to augment them with your private sound stash, including 160 samples across each project
Break beats, not banks
  • More powerful and more affordable than ever, the SP-404MKII makes it easy to add its rapid workflow and characteristic sound to your existing setup
Customize it
  • Grab the faceplate template to create custom overlays, style your startup screen with personalized logos, or select a screensaver that matches your vibe
SP-404MKII App, Sample Packs and more on Roland Cloud
  • Access more detailed waveform editing, assign samples to pads and import MIDI files and legacy SP-404SX and SP-404A projects for remixing and updating

Order the Roland SP-404MKII now.


SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector Specifications:

  • Pads: 16 pads + 1 sub pad (Velocity-sensitive pad)
  • Faders: No
  • Touchstrip: No
  • DAW transport: Yes
  • Display: OLED display
  • MIDI I/O: 1/8" TRS MIDI
  • USB: Yes
  • Pedal inputs: No
  • Audio I/O: 1/4" line and mic I/O and instrument input
Onboard Features
  • Arpeggiator: No
  • Software: SP-404MKII app, Roland Cloud sample packs
  • Weight: 2.6 lb.

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