Excerpt: Been an Akai guy for a while now and decided to try this bad boy out.. i was blown away with the sound quality, its easy to maneuver, and the Fx are pretty neat .. like i said before it was worth every buck.
Excerpt: Does what it says, that's why I gave it 4 stars. This replaces our SP-202 which has taken a beating over the years. I like the simplicity of the older model because we use it for very simple tasks. Having to hit the cancel button rapidly 4 times to stop a sound is disappointing. Loading samples directly on the card from your computer with their provided software is great. Sounds great... crystal clear.
Excerpt: I am using the SP-404sx for producion leaning towards an instrumental hip-hop style. I must admit the first few times I used this machine I got kind of frustrated. The dial adjustments controlling start and end times for samples are so slight that it's hard to tell at first if you are changing anything at all. The tap to mark start point and end point feature is good.
Excerpt: I love this sampler. It's extremely easy to learn how to use and the effects are incredible. The abiltiy to use sd cards for holding samples means you to never have to get rid of anything you don't want to. The 404 doesn't have as many bells and whistles as some of the more expensive samplers but for the price you can't beat it, not to mention those things take longer to learn and can hinder creativity.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Powerful
Excerpt: This unit is quickly becoming an industry standard for hip hop and edm production. It's incredibly fast to use, sounds clean (and punchy), and the effects section are worth the pricetag alone. The best sampler on the market for speed and versatility in a portable package.
Conclusion: The Roland SP-404 is a great machine for making music and noise using samples. It also includes a great many effects to twist and crunch and otherwise change the sounds that you record into the pads. The pattern sequencer is awesome. There are a few drawbacks: no legit pitch-change system (the pitch changer makes sounds really dull and wavery-sounding), and you can only play 6 stereo or 12 mono samples at one time or else some of the samples cut out.
Excerpt: I use this product to make homemade samples. That is, I take beats that I played on the drums, or single drum/cymbal hits and assign them to pads. Then I loop the drum beat, or create a pattern out of single hits. Resampling is great on this machine. I take a drum sound, add an effect (distortion sounds so raw, I love it) then resample it to another pad so the effect stays intact. I then hook up my keyboard to the 404 and record a chord or note to a pad.
Pros: Clear Sound, Compact, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile