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Skip Back Sampling

First introduced on the Fantom-S, Roland’s Skip Back Sampling has become popular with musicians for its ability to instantly retrieve a performance and turn it into a sample. With Skip Back Sampling, your ideas never get lost because the sampler is constantly recording every note you play – be it on the keyboard or Dynamic Pad Bank – while keeping the musical bars in tact. The concept is somewhat like the newly popular DVR (digital video recorder) machines that are always recording the signal passing through them. In both cases there is a buffering system that keeps a finite amount of the material that has just occurred on hand. If you hit record it will instantly save all of the material in the buffering system. The effect of this is somewhat like being able to go back in time and save material that occurred minutes ago. This capability will no doubt be expanded upon in the future, possibly under a different name.

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