DJ Rig with the Roland SP808
Roland MV8800 Production Studio
2003, Roland's MV-8000 has been a coveted centerpiece for many
of the world's greatest hip-hop and R&B producers. With its
powerful hands-on features, and its ability to incorporate a VGA
monitor and mouse, it brought the best of the hardware- and
software- based production worlds together. Today, Roland sets a
new standard in production power and flexibility with the
Akai MPC1000 Music Production Center
|Small but perfectly formed, the
MPC1000 is a welcome addition to a now legendary product
line which holds a unique position in the evolution of
modern electronic music. Inheriting all the features
which make the MPC so recognizable, the MPC1000 is not
only a perfect compliment to its larger MPC siblings,
but a powerful Music Production Center in its own right.
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The venerable SP808 was one of my early phrase samplers.
It used a zip drive as memory and would stream from zip disks as you hit the
pads. The Machine came out in 1998. It had the then revolutionary
D-beam and was definitely in competition with the Akai MPC units.
The Sp808 had a good sound for digital sampling.
Yet the lack of memory led me never to take it seriously. Also, zip disks
were pretty much hated by everyone who had one fail.
Interesting how Roland merged this unit with its JV/XV line of keyboards and
came up with a new product, the Roland Fantom. Its also the precursor to
the Roland MV8000 and
MV8800. Its interesting to note how ahead of the curve Roland was
incorporating audio recording with sampling in one box.
Today, 2009, the software that best does whet the SP808
did is, in my opinion,
Reviews of the Roland SP808
Kaossilator Pro Review
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