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Roland Introduces SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler For AIRA Series
Rounik Sethi on Tue, August 8th | 0 comments
Roland has added the SP-404A sampler to its AIRA lineup. One of the cool things is how this integrates with the AIRA TR-8 to provide more samples for Roland's drum synth and sequencer.

It seems that good things come in threes. On 808 Day that rule stil applies as Roland not only announces new versions of their classic TR-808 and iconic SH-101 for the Boutique synth range, but also brings a new portable, standalone sampler that integrates with the AIRA TR-8. They've named it SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler

Here's more info from Roland's early press release on the new SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler:

Los Angeles, CA, August 8, 2017 — Roland has introduced the SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler, a new performance sampler added to 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 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.

To get users started with sample looping, the SP-404A comes with an SD card loaded with a library of new sounds created by Loopmasters, a leading sample developer. The samples in the library have been designed specifically to complement the TR-8, but also work well in standalone applications.

SP-404A Main Features

  • 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 

Price: TBA

To learn more about the SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler, visit: https://www.roland.com/global/products/sp-404a/

 

 

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