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Back in the studio with the Roland SP-555

Last year I picked up a used Roland SP-555 from Guitar Center. I returned it under the 30 return policy and regretted it ever since. Although I don’t believe the Roland SP-555 or the SP-404SX to be very intuitive, the SP-555 seemed easier to use of the two. During the absence of the SP-555, I would watch my only Instagram video post of the SP-555 over and over again. Till this day, I have yet to make a video using the SP-404SX. I’m having the hardest time with that little box.

For months I would look through Ebay hoping to find the right deal.  The SP-555 is not very popular but it has strong resale value. Aside from the many Japanese based Ebay sellers, the SP-555 is rarely posted and will be sold guaranteed from any U.S. Ebay seller. The Japanese Ebay merchants sell the SP-555 at a premium and shipping costs are high. They seem to have a lot of these remaining in Japan complete with original box.

I got lucky with my second purchase of the Roland SP-555. I got for less than the used one I bought from Guitar Center. It is also in much better condition aside from the tape residue I can easily remove. If the seller made the time to remove the gunk, it would’ve sold for much more. This unit also included a 2GB memory card, CD and instructions. All these extra will help with resale value.

So the Roland SP-555 is back with me. Let’s make some beats!

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Sample one, sample all with the Roland SP-404

The Roland SP-404 sampler has 3 ways of recording sound. The top of the unit has RCA line inputs. The bottom right of the unit has a mic input. Lastly, the Roland SP-404 actually has its own built-in mic.

The flexibility of the unit certainly does appeal making this one of the coolest samplers out there.

Sample one, sample all!

The New Roland A-01

The new Roland A-01 has been added to the Roland Boutique line. The A-01 brings 8-bit synthesis sound to the line up plus it works as a controller for external devices through MIDI and CV/Gate. Roland even added MIDI over Bluetooth. Vids on the A-01 are slowing coming in on YouTube.

The new Roland A-01 has been added to the Roland Boutique line. The A-01 brings 8-bit synthesis sound to the line up plus it works as a controller for external devices through MIDI and CV/Gate. Roland even added MIDI over Bluetooth. Vids on the A-01 are slowing coming in on YouTube.