Roland reveals SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector

Roland has announced the SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector, the latest generation model in its SP compact sampler series.

The SP-404MKII includes upgrades like 17 ultra-expressive pads and updated knobs for smooth, hands-on control. Beatmaking is made quicker with speedy boot time and fast project loading and sample import, while project access is also easier via 16 GB of internal storage, which comes preloaded with a large collection of curated samples to inspire the creative process.

Users can create beats anywhere with AA or mobile battery power, interface with mobile devices via USB, or collaborate with partners using the dual headphones outputs and mic/guitar input.

Sample editing is made smoother with the SP404MKII’s OLED screen and zoomable waveform view. Users can chop up samples in real-time or employ auto chop to slice samples automatically, then finesse them with envelope and pitch shift. The new resampling workflow enables users to re-record patterns and effects layers for detailed sound design. And with Skip Back Sampling, it’s possible to capture inspired moments by recalling up to 25 seconds of audio from the most recent performance.

The SP-404MKII features both SP effects and a selection of new classics. Legacy staples like Vinyl Simulator and DJFX Looper are complemented with powerful additions that include Lo-fi, Cassette Simulator, and Resonator. Users can also plug into the mic/guitar input and jam with ready-to-go Vocoder, Auto Pitch, and Guitar Amp Simulator effects.

The enhanced sequencing features in the SP-404MKII provide the flexibility to create patterns with unique feel and energy. There’s adjustable input quantize and shuffle for custom swing, Pad Link for firing off multiple samples with a single tap, a Roll button for variable note repeat, and a BPM-per-bank for instant tempo changes. It’s also possible to organise patterns for different sets and chain them together to automate playback.

Users can download a faceplate template to create custom overlays, style their startup screen with personalised logos, and select a screensaver that matches their creative vibe.

With the SP-404MKII App from Roland Cloud Manager, beatmakers can take the SP experience even deeper with a Mac or Windows computer. The app enhances workflow with a large sample waveform view, a pad matrix for sample and pattern management, easy import and export of files, and the ability to convert legacy SP 404SX and SP-404A projects to MKII format. Roland Cloud is also home to Beatmaker Sample Packs, an exclusive series of premium sample collections created by top sound designers and musicians to inspire productions on the SP-404MKII.

The SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector will be available in the US in November for $499.99.