The good old SP series seems to have some users on this board, so I thought it might be a good idea to gather some tips, info and use examples.
I got a SP-303 a few months ago and mainly
use it as a lofi resampler to accompany my other gear. But so far it only played a background role and I would like to get more out of it, hence this thread. Besides that, the lo-fi sampling mode sounds absolutely glorious and I find it is worth keeping the SP around for that alone.
What I still don’t understand is the internal file structure and how saving/loading really works. Even though I follow the (spare) instructions in the manual, I’m never sure if I really saved my sounds before powering the unit off. On the other hand, there are some lame drum samples on my unit that I now have deleted countless times, yet they still appear on one bank. Also, The memory seems to be full (Ful) way too fast, so some other sounds might be ghosting around somewhere that I don’t understand.
So if anyone of you could share a detailed guide on saving, it would be much appreciated.
Besides that, lets hear how you are using the samplers. I’m dreaming of a super lofi ambient setup with the SP and a varispeed tape recorder for pitch changes.
Yes, I have a 32MB card. But I don’t
really get it. It’s a bit embarrassing. But it kinda confuses me.
And yes, layering can be beautiful on this device.
I also used it in a couple of tracks that recorded in one take (so a semi-performance) but in these I only had one loop running to have full control over it. As I understand it, you can’t select samples/pads without restarting them.
I have an SP-404 and really appreciate the sample length capabilities. The pads aren’t as playable as I’d like, but do the job. I believe MPC-stuff is going to release a super fat pad upgrade soon though. I have my fingers crossed that they’ll just feel right.
Does that go for all models or just the 303? I’m embarrassed to admit that I never tried it when I had my 505 as the idea hadn’t occurred to me until I’d decided thst HW samplers were no longer for me & sold it!
I’m currently using it as a “front end” for my Norns. OP-1 plugged into the back and a 1/4 cable plugged into the front for guitar/mic/thumb piano etc. I’ve loaded the SP up with field recordings, so I can send some combination of those things into Norns with FX on any combo of them as well. I really think it’s perfect for this and I’ve been very happy with the results.
i use my 303 on everything i make. all the time. i either use it as an external effect send for ableton or i sample / layer in to it and back in to ableton. i often use the compressor on my master track too. it weaves everything together nicely and if you really push it, you’re in instant lofi boom bap land.
i’ve never used it to perform. i basically think of it as my favorite effects box / texture “maker” ever.