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Introducing the Roland SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effectorplay button

Introducing the Roland SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector

Dibia$e on the SP-404MKIIplay button

Dibia$e on the SP-404MKII

Teebs | Deconstructing "Mirror Memory" + Roland SP-404MKII First Impressionsplay button

Teebs | Deconstructing "Mirror Memory" + Roland SP-404MKII First Impressions

Roland SP-404MKII v4.04 Update Overviewplay button

Roland SP-404MKII v4.04 Update Overview


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The Roland SP-404MKII creative sampler and effector is a revamped rendition of a legendary beatmaking machine—giving you everything needed to craft unique beats and manipulate samples on the fly. Its 17 responsive pads put expressive control at your fingertips, while a vivid OLED screen provides visual waveform editing and swift menu navigation. With 16GB of internal storage and a rapid workflow, you can efficiently build tracks on the go. What's more, firmware update 4.04 adds a host of exciting new features, including Loop Capture and Groove functions, as well as Elf Audio Sampler app compatibility and Sound Generator section with a programmable digital oscillator.

17 Expressive Pads for Tactile Beatmaking

The SP-404MKII features 17 RGB-lit pads that are highly responsive to touch, allowing you to program rhythms and trigger samples with nuance and expression. Their no-click design provides a satisfying playing experience whether you're building a track from scratch or remixing on the fly. With its 32-voice polyphony, 160 samples per project and 16 internal projects at your disposal, this impressively powerful 404 gives you a hands-on, tactile workflow that inspires spontaneous creativity.

Vivid OLED Display Enhances Your Workflow

A high-resolution OLED screen provides a real-time visual representation of the SP-404MKII's features in action. Easily view, edit and manipulate waveforms with zoom control and marker placement using the display and value knob. The screen also gives you swift menu navigation to browse projects, samples, effects and more. With this thoughtfully designed interface, you can work quickly and intuitively.

Internal Storage and Rapid Workflow for Efficient Creation

The SP-404MKII comes equipped with 16GB of internal storage, preloaded with 144 professionally recorded sounds, and providing ample room for your samples, patterns and projects. It also has a speedy boot-up time, swift project loading and a streamlined process for importing and editing samples, so you can start creating right away. Whether composing on the couch or putting together a set on the subway, this battery- (or adapter-) powered SP-404 lets you work efficiently wherever inspiration strikes.

Onboard Effects and Advanced Sequencing Tools

Shape your sounds with the SP-404MKII's extensive collection of onboard effects like Vinyl Simulator, DJFX Looper, Lo-fi, Cassette Simulato and Resonator, as well as newer additions, such as Loop Capture and Groove functions. It also provides advanced sequencing tools, including adjustable quantize, shuffle control and BPM-per-bank to create patterns with unique feel and energy. With such robust effects and sequencing at your fingertips, you have the flexibility to craft tracks in your own signature style.

Roland SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector
Roland SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector
Roland SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector

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  • Vivid OLED display for visual waveform editing, full menu access and more
  • 17 velocity-sensitive, RGB pads with no-click design for smooth playability
  • Faster workflow with quick startup and load times, 16GB internal storage, low-latency pads and rapid sample editing
  • Compact, ultralightweight design with versatile power options: USB-C, mobile battery (via USB-C port), six AA batteries or AC adapter
  • Extensive onboard effects, including SP classics like Vinyl Simulator and DJFX Looper plus new Lo-fi, Cassette Simulator and Resonator
  • Dedicated Vocoder, Auto Pitch, Harmony, Guitar Amp Simulator and Anti-Feedback processing for the mic/guitar input
  • 32-voice polyphony, 160 samples per project and 16 internal projects for expanded programming possibilities
  • Blazing onboard sample editing with real-time or auto-chop mode, auto BPM detect, envelope, pitch shift, and resampling for layering sounds and phrases
  • Preloaded sound library with 144 high-quality, professionally recorded samples and patterns
  • Extensive customization options with removable metal faceplate, downloadable outline template, multiple screensavers and personalized startup logos
  • Upgraded I/O includes 1/4" line in/out, 1/4" mic/guitar input, 1/4" and 1/8" headphones outputs, and 1/8" TRS MIDI in/out
  • New resampling workflow for rerecording with various effects for detailed sound design
  • Skip Back Sampling to automatically capture up to 40 seconds of audio from your last performance
  • VariPhrase encoder for high-quality time-stretching of pitch and speed parameters
  • Bus FX for layering multiple effects, with customizable routing for creating intricate sound textures
  • Adjust quantization before or after recording, and tweak shuffle percentage across multiple note resolutions to customize swing
  • Pattern sequencer with the ability to create full songs with BPM per bank, ideal for running backing tracks or programming performances
  • Sequence patterns with real-time loop recording or TR-REC step input
  • Motion recording for capturing dynamic changes to effect parameters, sub step, pitch and velocity
  • Set shuffle and time signature (1/4–7/4) per pattern
  • Chain patterns for automatic playback and use Pad Link to trigger up to four samples with a single press
  • Adjustable delay on the MIDI clock output for tight sync with external instruments
  • DJ Mode enables new live performance approaches with the ability to mix two audio files or patterns, manipulate eight cue points per sample, adjust fader curves, sync external MIDI instruments and more
  • SP-404MKII editor app (standalone and AU/VST3 plug-in) for Mac and Windows provides direct sample access, detailed waveform editing, sample management, pad assignment, and import of MIDI files and legacy SP-404SX and SP-404A projects
  • Audio capture and streaming supported with mobile devices and computers via USB-C
  • A supported iOS mobile device with a Lightning connector can be connected to the SP-404MKII via USB-C using the appropriate Apple adapter cable—the SP-404MKII must be powered with the included PSD AC adapter or six AA batteries (not included) in this circumstance
  • Ships With Firmware Update 4.04
    • Loop Capture function allows for recording live loops, overdubs and overlapping samples, and Sample Merge allows for the combination of multiple samples into one sample
    • Groove function adds rhythmic characteristics to samples
    • Elf Audio Koala Sampler app can be operated from SP-404MK2
    • The Sound Generator section includes a single digital oscillator with the ability to select different wave types for creating bass lines or monophonic lead lines

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    • Pads: 16 pads + 1 sub pad (Velocity-sensitive pad)
    • Faders: No
    • Touchstrip: No
    • DAW transport: Yes
    • Display: OLED display
    • MIDI I/O: 1/8" TRS MIDI
    • USB: Yes
    • Pedal inputs: No
    • Audio I/O: 1/4" line and mic I/O and instrument input
    Onboard Features
    • Arpeggiator: No
    • Software: SP-404MKII app, Roland Cloud sample packs
    • Weight: 2.6 lb.