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 Post subject: new to electronics, need help picking out a sampler
PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:00 am 
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New to the board. I'm looking to add some light ambient sounds and field recordings (conversations I hear on the bus, etc) to my band. It's just guitar and me on bass and controlling a drum machine (alesis sr16). I've never owned or used a sampler/sequencer before, and I just need something very simple to do the above. Also, I'll need to be able to use it live, so I'll need it to be footswitch/midi footswitch-able, but basically I just need it for a stop/start function, as I plan on replacing the sr 16 with the sampler loaded with sounds. So I'm pretty lost other than hearing good things about the sp-303 and 404. But I don't even know if these machines can do what I want. I understand the Behringer 1010 can't send a stop/start signal, is that correct? I'm cross-posting this on the 404 forum as well, I hope that's not frowned upon. Thanks for any help you guys can give me, and maybe this doesn't make sense, so just ask me for clarification, I'll do my best!


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 Post subject: Re: new to electronics, need help picking out a sampler
PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:51 pm 
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I'm not sure about the other stuff, but the 404 does have the ability to run on battery power and has an on board mic, whereas the 303 does not. So that might be helpful for your field recordings and things of that nature.

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 Post subject: Re: new to electronics, need help picking out a sampler
PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:30 pm 
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I'd go with a regular 404, it can be control with a foot-switch and has way more banks and pads for storing samples. It's important to point out that the sp 303 and sp 404 can only receive midi notes and cannot control other machines.

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 Post subject: Re: new to electronics, need help picking out a sampler
PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:11 pm 
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thanks euclid, i've decided that if i can get a really good deal on a 303 (<$150) then i'll get one of those but if not i'll just get a 404. ebay and craigslist prices for both have been around $200 lately, and i figure its silly to pay almost as much for the 303 as the 404 costs when the 404 has a decent amount more to offer, and will probably save me money in the long run with the cost of smartmedia vs compact flash cards. so now i'm just deal hunting....


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 Post subject: Re: new to electronics, need help picking out a sampler
PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:37 am 
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Peep dis'
http://cgi.ebay.com/Boss-SP-303-Dr-Sample-DJ-Sampler-Effects-Processor-/350376625256?cmd=ViewItem&pt=DJ_Gear_Lighting&hash=item5194130468#ht_1921wt_886

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 Post subject: Re: new to electronics, need help picking out a sampler
PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:52 pm 
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ha yeah i've been watching that one. wish me luck!


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 Post subject: Re: new to electronics, need help picking out a sampler
PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:54 am 
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You'll get it. Just don't pay too much, not more than like 150. No telling what the RCA jacks or pads are like on a machine of that age and stuff like that can be a biooootch.

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 Post subject: Re: new to electronics, need help picking out a sampler
PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:55 pm 
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hey i actually bought a 404 this weekend for $150 off craigslist. it's in great condition, i think i got a great deal. i got it from a guy in a band whose van crashed in Hollywood, so they were selling off all their non essential equipment to fix it.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:21 pm 
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I saw that on craigslist in LA, nice one. I'll trade my 303 for your 404 if you interested

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:11 pm 
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hmmm.... it's an interesting offer. maybe in a few months. right now i'm enjoying the onboard mic and battery power. i've been sampling on my bus rides to and from work


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 Post subject: Re: new to electronics, need help picking out a sampler
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Fa sho man, I understand....if you change your mind just send me a private message. Thanks

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