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Roland SP-404SX Portable Sampler with Effects 886830077708

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The portable Roland SP-404SX Sampler is a powerful, creatively stimulating music production tool for DJs, musicians, producers, and live-sound engineers.The acclaimed Roland SP-404 performance sampler... Click To Read More About This Product

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The portable Roland SP-404SX Sampler is a powerful, creatively stimulating music production tool for DJs, musicians, producers, and live-sound engineers.

The acclaimed Roland SP-404 performance sampler takes an exciting leap forward with the SP-404SX. In addition to the fun, fast, hands-on features of the original, this updated Roland sampler offers enhanced sound quality with pure 16-bit linear sampling, improved DSP (digital signal processor) effects, smooth effects switching, a more versatile pattern sequencer (with a shuffle feature), and easier data management with SD-card compatibility.

Instant sampling
Sample anywhere, anytime using the Roland SP-404SX sampler's built-in microphone. And since the SP-404SX portable sampler runs on AC or battery power (6 AA batteries), it's easy to record wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. Just power-up, point, and record.

Line and mic inputs are also available for recording direct or with an external microphone. The Roland SP-404SX's sampling format is uncompressed WAV for high-quality audio capture.

Hands-on performance
The Roland SP-404SX sampler is made to be played. It's packed with interactive controls for jamming along with loops and patterns. Put your fingers on the 3 non-slip control knobs, 12 trigger pads, and Sub Pad for rapid repeat triggering in real time. On dark stages or DJ booths, the Roland SP-404SX is a performers dream with illuminated rubber pads and a bright LED screen.

Extreme effects
Create a signature sound using the SP-404SX's 29 DSP effects, which switch seamlessly during live performance. Essential onboard effects include spacious reverbs and choruses, plus filters and delays. There are also unique, esoteric effects built in, including a voice transformer and looper. With the DJFX Looper, you can create short loops (such as machine-gun-like "da-da-da-da-da" sounds) and control reverse playback with the knob. You can also create scratch effects like on a turntable. Connect the SP-404SX to a DJ mixer and use it as an effect processor. Seventeen of the effects have a "limiter" mode, which keeps the effects from overloading. This is great for live DJ performances when you don't want to lose control of the effects in the heat of the moment.

In addition to the endless supply of loops you can pack into the Roland SP-404SX sampler, you can also create your own tracks in real time with the Pattern Sequencer, complete with quantize mode, which includes shuffle feels. Creating patterns is done in real time. You can loop two measures (maximum 99 measures), for example, then play and record only the bass drum and the snare. Next, add the hi-hat over the top, and keep adding more instruments while the SP-404SX loops. The sampler can store 120 patterns (12 patterns x 10 banks).
When you play a pattern with the Pattern Sequencer, the LEDs surrounding the display blink according to the tempo, which is a handy feature during live performance.

SD card memory

Start sampling right away with the included 1GB SD card. You can easily expand the sampling time using up to 32GB SDHC. Import audio files from your computer using the included software (Mac or PC) and assign them to the SP-404SX's pads. WAV and AIFF files are accepted. The software is fast and easy to use, as it displays the Roland SP-404SX's pads onscreen. You can even use it to convert SP-404 format files to the SP-404SX.


  • Sample anytime, anywhere with a built-in mic and battery power
  • 29 DSP effects, including: filter, delay, unique voice effects, subsonic, and looper
  • 3 control knobs, 12 trigger pads, and Sub Pad for rapid repeat triggering
  • Seamless effects switching for smooth, perfect performance
  • Pattern sequencer with quantize mode and shuffle feels
  • 1GB SD card included; expand audio sample storage up to 32GB with SDHC
  • Import audio files from computer, assign samples to pads with bundled software (Mac or PC)
  • Maximum polyphony: 12 voices
  • Recordable data: samples: 120 (12 samples x 10 banks) (stored on SD card); patterns: 120 (12 patterns x 10 banks)(stored on SD card)
  • Sampling time (total time for all samples): The maximum sampling time (size) for a single sample is approximately 180 minutes in stereo (2 GB). The following shows the approximate total sampling time of the samples that can be stored on one SD card. Card capacity / Stereo (Mono) 1GB / Approx. 90 min. (180 min.), 2GB / Approx. 180 min. (360 min.), 4GB / Approx. 360 min. (720 min.), 8GB / Approx. 720 min. (24 hours), 16GB / Approx. 24 hours (48 hours), 32GB / Approx. 48 hours (96 hours), Since the 1 GB SD card included with the SP-404SX contains preload data, the available sampling time will be less than the time above.
  • Data format: 16-bit linear (.wav/aif)
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1 kHz
  • Pattern sequencer: maximum recordable notes: approx. 16,000 notes, resolution: 96 ticks per quarter note, pattern length: 1-99 measures, recording method: realtime loop recording (with shuffle quantize function)
  • Effects: 29 types
  • Pads: 12 + Sub Pad x 1
  • Controllers: control knob x 3
  • Display: 7 segments, 3 characters (LED)
  • Onboard mic: Mono x 1
  • Connectors: Line input jacks (L, R)(RCA phono type), Line output jacks (L, R)(RCA phono type), headphones (PHONES) jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type), mic jack (1/4" phone type), MIDI in connector, DC in jack, SD card slot
  • Power supply: DC 9 V (Ni-MH AA size rechargeable battery x 6, alkaline AA size dry battery x 6 or AC Adaptor) (batteries sold separately)
  • Battery life for continuous use: Ni-MH rechargeable batteries: approximately 5 hours, alkaline dry batteries: approximately 4 hours (figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use)
  • Current draw: 450 mA
  • Accessories: SD card (1GB), SP-404SX utility CD-ROM, AC adaptor PSB-1U, owner's manual
  • Dimensions: 2-7/8" H x 7" W x 10-1/8" D
  • Weight: 2 lb., 11 oz.
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RolandSP-404SX Portable Sampler with Effects

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Awsome for effects and DJ Drops!

By Kevin Amado

from CA

Comments about Roland SP-404SX Portable Sampler with Effects:

I ran this with my DJ Setup (2 Technics, 1 Rane TTM57) And I ran this through my mixer (Aux out from Roland, to Aux IN on my mixer) and I was able to drop samples and effects on the fly while doing my live mix sets at clubs, or at parties. Its very easy to add and remove you drops or sound effects. Another plus is, this bad boy runs off batteries if needed!

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Awesome on many levels

By Valdochez

from West Covina, CA

Comments about Roland SP-404SX Portable Sampler with Effects:

I've used the SP-404 for years and it never disappoints. Great sound quality, great on board effects and really easy to use. If you perform live and some extra sounds from you demos or albums or just like to throw in a some vinyl sounds, this is the sampler you need to get.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Great live sample player for price

By david kennedy

from cleveland, oh

Comments about Roland SP-404SX Portable Sampler with Effects:

I like it. Just wish it had touch sensitive pads. Be careful with the built in mic, if your speakers are too close it will feed back. I prefer to use a hand held mic and a 1/4" adapter. Easy to loop, good fx, nice to use live. Built well, buy a CF card right away!


Great item! Great costumer service! First time online order.

By Ahorror

from Whittier, CA

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  • Improves Sound


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      Comments about Roland SP-404SX Portable Sampler with Effects:

      I use this product at least once a week and it's great !


      Excellent Memory, Very Good Machine

      By Average Bear6

      from Palm Beach County Florida


      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound


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        Comments about Roland SP-404SX Portable Sampler with Effects:

        Got a Korg Electribe Sampler (ES2) first. Liked it a lot, but the major lack of memory ruined it for me. I'm a hardware guy & my main purpose is one shot drum samples triggered thru my Yamaha DT Xpress to play drums.

        The SP404SX memory is incredible via sd cards.

        I prefer the pads, build quality, memory over the Korg ES2. I liked how the ES2 could be like a synth, which I don't think the SP can do, but I have much to learn on the SP.

        I am a slow learner & the Roland has been a good fit for me. The effects are supposedly better on the ES2 but again, I could not work without reasonable memory.

        Overall, a great product I'm happy with.



        By SkyDog Miles

        from Macon, GA

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        • Can Run On Batteries
        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Use Live Or In Studio


        • Sample Length Change Hard
        • Tempo Changes Can Confuse

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        • Fun To Morph Any Sample
        • Guitar Practicescales
        • Quick Riff Idea Recording
        • Woodshed Layer Songs

        Comments about Roland SP-404SX Portable Sampler with Effects:

        This sampler ends up being something that you use daily; its able to function in so many ways. Wish the process to trim a sample to shorter length was more precise - I end up having to repeat the process several times to get the length perfect. Ability to change timing without changing sound is cool. However, when trying to change a samples time can be a bit quirky, & I've had times where I had to adapt to the time changes available vs changing sample to fit my tempo - this occurs mainly after you've trimmed or altered a sample already, & then decide to change timing.

        I absolutely love this machine & will continue to use it as a tool in composing, practice (rhythmic & scales/melody), to insert humorous samples in that I've manipulated to sound like something else (an inside joke in my compositions).

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