Goldbaby has announced availability of the SP1200 Collection, featuring the sounds of drum machines, real drums and percussion and more recorded from the E-mu SP1200 and SP12 through high end studio gear. The pack includes well over 4,000 samples and kits for Maschine, Battery, Kontakt, Ableton Live, EXS24 and Geist. Return of the Boom bap. […]
Samples From Mars has announced the release of SP 909 From Mars, a collection of Roland TR-909 drum sounds sampled into the E-mu SP-1200 sampler. The SP1200 is one of the only samplers that can actually make the 909 sound better – or at least, different, in a way that may suit your productions better. […]
“Here is an original Emu Emulator II + (plus) with dual floppy disks (all working). As seen in Ferris Beuller’s day off. Probably most famously used by Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, and so many others! Amazing digital sound mixed with analog filters. Wow!
Introduced in 1985 at a “low” price of $9995 ($23,832.97 for inflation!). It bridged the gap between the $60,000 Fairlight
“Over 50 volumes of vintage, rare, and landmark drum machines that narrate the history of this modern instrument—from the inception of this invention to relevant contemporary devices—this collection covers any and all electronic rhythm needs and sonic character.
Vol 01 – Reverb Roland Modded TR-707 Sample Pack
Vol 02 – Reverb Roland TR-606 Sample Pack
“The world of sampling came to my attention big time with this single ‘Sexcrime’ from the album ‘1984’ by Eurythmics. I got set on doing voice sampling of my own voice in my music. This was back in early 1985. Fast forward 34 years and it’s only appropriate that I remake/cover one of my old-time favorite songs.”
It’s meant as a “spiritual successor,” say the creators – with both emulation of the classic E-mu sound and new features. But the SP 2400 in preorder still hope to bank off the renown of one of the most popular samplers ever, the genre-defining E-mu SP-1200.
All of this could be a test of the clone craze. Sure, 12-bit lo-fi sound has some real potential for music making. And the E-mu layout, with faders and pads, is accessible.
But at US$949, and only a preorder shipping some time in the winter, the SP 2400 isn’t the most practical choice. You’ve now got plenty of options from KORG, Elektron, Roland (including their wildly popular TR-8S), and even smaller makers like MFB for a grand or less – some of them a fraction of this cost. All of those can be had right now, without dropping hundreds of bucks in June to get something that could take until January or longer. Not to mention we may see a Behringer take on this idea shortly, knowing how that company follows social media.
In a way, then, these sorts of reboots are beginning to become like the remakes of classic cars – a sort of genre all their own. There’s a price premium and a practicality cost, but if you want something that looks like a classic with some upgraded innards beneath, you’ve got options.
That said, there’s a nice feature set here. I like the idea of the 12-bit/26k mode, though I wonder if they’ve recreated the signature filter sound of the E-mu. And while I’m a bit too skeptical to endorse dropping cash just for half a year of “bi-weekly progress reports … via this website, social media channels, and emails,” it could be worth a look when it arrives.
The real draw here is probably that this actually samples – including a looper mode. That’s a feature missing on a lot of current gear.
It’s the creation of ISLA Instruments, who also made the KordBot. I’m curious how people fared with that crowdfunding project and the final result, which would be a great indicator of how to take this one.
I just hope that new ideas get as much attention as reboots of old ones. Heck, I feel that way about TV and movies. It’s obviously summer.
But here are those admittedly rather appealing specs –
• Sturdy 4-piece Steel/Aluminium enclosure.
• Mains Powered 100-250V AC.
• Dual Audio Engine:
12-Bit/26.04khz Lo-Fi Engine (Classic SP Sound) and 24-Bit/48khz Hi-Fi Engine
• Stereo Recording/Playback.
• Channels 1-8 Pannable to Main out L/R Channels 7+8 can be ‘linked’ to support stereo audio content.
• Headphone Output (9-10) w/independant monitoring of channels.
• Dedicated Microphone Pre-Amp.
• Looper Pedal Mode (with full duplex recording/playback).
• Record and overdub live audio during playback.
• USB Host & Device Ports:
Connect usb thumb drives, keyboards, midi controllers directly into the SP2400.
“Dave Rossum is one of those people who’s influence is easy to miss.
His early involvement in electronic music instrument design started with the E-mu systems modular and quickly developed into the early digital systems where he was a pioneer.
His engineering and design work went on to bring us some real classics that shaped entire genres and generations of
Digital Systemic Emulations has launched version 1.0 of Emulator I, a free rompler instrument that brings the sounds of the iconic Emulator digital sampling synthesizer by E-mu Systems. Finally released in 1981, the Emulator was a floppy disk-based keyboard workstation which enabled the musician to sample sounds, recording them to non-volatile media and allowing the […]