Roland SP-555 (No Longer Available)
Creative Sampling Workstation with Mic and Line Inputs, Effects, DAW and DJ Computer Interface Capability, and Included Wave Converter Software
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From Our Research Team:
This Sampling Workstation Makes Creative Sampling Fun and Easy!The Roland SP-555 sampling workstation brings lots of fun, ease of use, and some amazing new wrinkles to the SP family. This unit includes some great new features, such as Super Filter and Loop Capture, while making sampling easier than ever. You can bring sounds into the SP-555 via several input options, and use its onboard effects for great performances. This versatile unit easily interfaces with practically any DAW, and its control surfaces make it easy to create and manipulate great loops and samples on the SP-55.
Roland SP-555 Sampling Workstation at a Glance:
Quick and easy sampling
You can capture sounds instantly onstage using the SP-555's Line or Mic Inputs, or through USB audio streaming - perfect for DJs or live performers who want to grab sounds and drop them in the mix on the fly. The SP-555 supports up to 2GB CompactFlash for over 12 hours of recording with no-load playback!
Live Loop Capture
This innovative new feature lets you quickly grab a piece of incoming audio or a loop of your live performance and instantly play it back in perfect time with your other tracks. The loops can also be captured through the effects in real time and assigned to a pad for later use. You can even perform sound-on-sound layering with your loops.
From silky gloss to complete audio annihilation, the SP-555 provides 37 types of powerful DSP effects to alter your sounds. Included in the lineup are Voice Transformer, Delay, Isolator, and the unique Super Filter and DJFX Looper, The Effect Memory allows for instant recall of your favorite settings using the pads with no glitching while switching effects.
Amaze your audience with the SP-555's D BEAM and V-LINK features. Wave your hands over the invisible D BEAM to tweak the SP-555's filter, to trigger samples, or to play synth solos. Connect V-LINK compatible video equipment and sync the music to the visuals.
The SP-555 can be used by itself or with a PC. It can be used as an audio interface for the bundled Cakewalk SONAR LE software or any other DAW or DJ application on your computer! With the bundled Wave Converter software, WAV and AIFF files can be imported and assigned to a CF card for use in the SP-555 (CF reader needed).
Roland SP-555 Sampling Workstation Features:
The Roland SP-555 sampling workstation makes creative sampling easy, fun, and affordable!
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Roland SP-555 loaded with options.
by Herman Paddington from GeorgiaI've had it for about a year now and I'm still learning a few tricks and going back to the manual for how to change some of the default settings. While one can't complain about having too many feature... read more [+]s, one can complain about having to refer to the manual for simple tasks that could just have a button. For example, having so much information to deal with, the screen is only three digits! In many ways this keeps music making fun and less about data on a screen. This is hardware. You must get to know this piece, get over the learning curve and you will be extremely satisfied with what this sampler/sequencer has to offer. It can be used as an In/Out interface for your computer or laptop! Record from your computer into the sampler or vice versa. Play your computer's audio output through the sampler and manipulate it with top-notch effects. You can even use it as a midi controller (similar to an MPD controller). Furthermore, you can store up to 2 gigs of audio on the Compact Flash cards! Another nice feature that adds an element of creativity is the "loop capture" feature. Use an optional foot pedal to record and overdub from your phantom-powered mic, line-in, or on-board samples to create loops that can be bounced to pads. The pads are extremely responsive and having them light up really makes things run smoothly while being in control. Of course, after having so much, it will be easy to point out what it does not do (effects assign to mic-in and line-in are grouped, must be both or none), but all in all, this is an extremely useful tool in my music-making process. close [-]
November 24, 2008
Music Background: Pro Musician, Keys, DJ, Midi
by: Chris McCown
I have to admit, the SP-555 isn’t the type of technology that I know much about.... read more »
Having the built-in effects is a HUGE benefit - everything from compression to a phaser, delay, vocoder, and many more are onboard. If you've never owned a Roland product with D-Beam, you don't know what you're missing - you can make very effective use of it by assigning it to various types of filters, to trigger a sample, or play a solo with a mono synth! And, it looks VERY cool with its flashing light display and glowing orange pads. Whether you're producing your own material, DJ'ing full time, or need something to create beats with - you owe it to yourself to check out the SP-555!
Brandy, Upper Sandusky, OH
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