Roland SP-404SX Performance Sampler

Battery/AC-powered Sampler with SD Storage, 29 Effects, Pattern Sequencer, and Built-in Microphone
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Portable Sampling Power!

Powerful, on-the-go sampler! The SP-404SX puts you in touch with unbelievable sound quality in a compact format. The fun really begins with the enhanced pattern sequencer, complete with quantize mode for in-the-pocket grooving. The SP-404SX has 29 built-in DSP effects, so you can get creative with filter, delay, and more. Don't worry about running out of space — you get a 1GB SD card for 90 minutes of stereo sampling time. And with support for up to 32GB SD cards, you can sample up to 48 hours (stereo!) with your Roland SP-404SX.

Roland SP-404SX Portable Sampler Features:
  • Sample anytime, anywhere with the built-in mic and battery power
  • 29 DSP effects, including filter, delay, unique voice effects, subsonic, and looper
  • 3 control knobs, 12 trigger pads, and Sub Pad for rapid repeat triggering
  • Seamless effects switching for smooth, perfect performance
  • Pattern sequencer with quantize mode and new shuffle feels
  • 1GB SD card included; expand sample storage up to 32GB with SDHC
  • Import audio files from computer, assign samples to pads with bundled software (Mac/PC)
The Roland SP-404SX is a turbo-charged, super-powerful portable sampler!

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Tech Specs

Internal Sound Engine Yes
Sequencer Pattern Sequencer
Manufacturer Presets 120 Patterns
Analog Inputs 2 x RCA (Line), 1 x TRS (Mic)
Analog Outputs 2 x RCA (Line), 1 x TRS (Headphone)
Sampling Yes
RAM Ships with 1 GB SD Card
Additional Media Storage SD Card Slot
Number of Effects 29
Effects Types Reverb, Chorus, Filters, Delays, Pitch, more...
Power Supply DC 9 V, 6 AA Batteries
Depth 10.13"
Width 7"
Height 2.88"
Manufacturer Part Number SP-404SX

Customer Reviews

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Beware the volume knob

This is the gift that keeps giving, i like having an input running and being able to mute the input and the effect you put on it keeps going, best quality of it by far. Built like a tank, but the volume knob will get messed up if you don't treat the unit right like me, I had it in my back pack alot and it knocked the volume potentiometer loose, however i replaced the potentiometer and it works like a charm.

Just get one.

Can be used as a stand-alone recorder! Record in .wav or .aiff directly to SD-card without any dumb proprietary nonesense. Apply effects to live external inputs. All hardware based. Stop reading and get one jackass!

My SPaceship

No links allowed. Pfft. Well just search YouTube for "Xema Technical 404" - that is my review, forever, and the only one you need. And thank you, Roland. SP Love Forever ya'all. PS: I wish reverse and mark worked like they did on the 404. But it has other redeeming qualities. We'll call it even. Monkey out.
Music background: Hacker

Totally Functional

For my purposes, this piece is absolutely a great addition to my rig. I have been able to do some impactful things with it and have only had it for a short time. The best part of the SP-404SX is it's simplicity. It is, to me at least, a capable performance tool, that I have been using for groove production and creative exploration. The effect selection is superb - I have found a unique use for many. I AM ALL ABOUT BATTERY POWERED EQUIPMENT! I enjoy playing with and will likely continue to make great use of this machine in the future.
Music background: Padawan Learner, Hobbyist, Lrycist

great for kids

I am using the sp-404sx with our "joyful noise makers" group. The kids ranging from 5 to 15 years old can play amazing rythyms while the other kids play violins, guitars, ukes, keyboards, chimes and sing vocals. my wife and i developed the program for kids at every skill level and the sp-404sx is the perfect way to sync the songs with loops that are always timed correctly and sound great! We have sampled sounds using the mic and combined them with internal sounds supplied with the sampler. Battery operation allows us to set up our groups anywhere without worring about finding power outlets.
Music background: song writer

Sweetwater Advice

Stephen Gallagher

I decided to take my first trip into the world of sampling with the Roland SP-404SX Linear Wave Sampler. Though I am sometimes considered as "rhythmically challenged," I was very excited to try out this new piece of gear. Upon unpacking the unit and plugging in the included power supply, I was quickly able to dive into the included loops and effects on the pre-loaded SD card. The card is loaded with banks of samples and hits, perfect for any DJ to mix in with their current dance mix at the club. After some time with the included card, I swapped in my own blank to test out the SP-404SX's internal sampling capabilities. I was not disappointed in the quality. I first began with the internal microphone and was able to record various sounds around the house with ease. I then was able to quickly edit down my samples to my preferred sound bites to work with. Now for the fun to begin... I began working my way through the 29 built-in effects to alter my common household sound into club-worthy rhythms and beats. After a few resamples, and layering of effects, I had some pretty impressive hits that could fit with a variety of mixes. While the Roland SP-404SX is definitely geared for a live environment, it could very well have a place in the recording and songwriting world as well. It's the perfect tool for someone who wants to experiment with different percussion sounds and effects with their compositions rather than going with standard drums. It's a powerful piece of equipment at a reasonable price that can truly be used for an immense number of applications and styles of music.
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