Excerpt: To a large extent, the old-school sampler has been replaced by our DAWs. Audio can be created, repeated, topped and tailed, pitch-shifted or timestretched effortlessly onscreen with a mouse. Who needs a separate piece of kit?
Summary: A portable, keyboard-based sampler ideal for jotting down musical ideas or for generating home-made loops and samples for further development. Simplicity is its strength but it also means the responsibility is on you to come up with the goods, which is healthy if a little scary.
Pros: Sampling (and resampling) made fun again!, A source of original loops, a musical sketch pad, a portable backing machine... You decide!, Can run on batteries., Microphone supplied., Onboard effects.
Cons: Available memory is split into banks rather than contiguous., Minor gripes: the Parameter and Value knobs aren’t suited to all tasks and the metronome is rather loud., Sequencer supports only one keyboard part.