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.