Boss SP-505 Groove Sampling Workstation
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Boss SP-505 Groove Sampling Workstation

SP-505 Groove Sampling Workstation, Sampler from Boss in the SP series.

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FP User11/09/2008

FP User's review

Boss SP-505 Groove Sampling Workstation
Very heavy on effects. time-stretching and bpm adjusting can make samples sound choppy, but there's a way to work around that. i recommend reading your manual and asking questions on fp to learn how to really manipulate this machine.

Price paid

$400

UTILIZATION

Bright lcd screen, easy-to-navigate menus, buttons creatively placed, trigger pads light up to let you know what sample's been armed and triggered. wish it was compatible with larger cards than 128mb smartmedia, though.

tight little piece. constructed very well. wish it was battery-operated for better portability.

SOUNDS

The sound quality is the truth! it can do crispy, cd-quality and raspy, dirty quality reminiscent of the sp1200

OVERALL OPINION

I've always been in love with the emu sp1200 because of its classic feel and ill effects, even if it isn't the absolute best sampler out there. to me, the boss sp-505 ranks up there with the sp1200. in some ways it's superior to that classic sampler.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: realEYEZ ( 7-, 2005)
FP User11/09/2008

FP User's review

Boss SP-505 Groove Sampling Workstation
Chop function is wicket... hear it's better than on some other higher level machines.. but whish it had velocity pads, but not a big deal.. great sampler for beginer..

Price paid

250 USD ebay

UTILIZATION

Read-and-follow the manual and you won't stumble and if so ask on FP.. very user friendly..

it looks kinda cheap or even funny, but who cares? it's never gonna leave my desk..

SOUNDS

The sound quality is great..you can change the bit rate from CD quality to rugged 1930's vinyl quality..

OVERALL OPINION

Best investment in years.. spend so much time with softwares and other stuff, 505 is the bomb!

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Sto ( 1-, 2005)
FP User11/09/2008

FP User's review

Boss SP-505 Groove Sampling Workstation
It's not an MC-909, but it does work pretty good.

Price paid

$350

UTILIZATION

Very Easy to insert and delete samples. Creating beats is real cool too, just like my MP-7 E-mu MOPhatt...

It's plastic, so what more do you expect. The buttons are nice.

SOUNDS

Sound Quality is good. Playback sounds warm to me.

OVERALL OPINION

For the $350 price I would buy it again if I need too.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: dj_hamzter ( 5-, 2004)
FP User11/09/2008

FP User's review

Boss SP-505 Groove Sampling Workstation
IT IS A GOOD SAMPLING WORKSTATION FOR THE PRICE OF 500 BUCKS

Price paid

$500

UTILIZATION

Good

SOUNDS

THE SOUND QUALITY IS GOOD. 44.1KHZ

OVERALL OPINION

I LIKE IT, IF YOU HAVE THE SKILLS TO GET THE MOST OF OF IT, IT CAN REALY WORK FOR YOU. IT'S NOT WHAT YOU HAVE IT'S WHAT YOU DO WITH IT.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown (January 1-, 2003)
Gallagahn12/10/2007

Gallagahn's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss SP-505 Groove Sampling Workstation
Well, all this says t adj.

UTILIZATION

I am using that half of the bte because all my samples, I said PC.

SOUNDS

Frankly, though I listen with headphones that I have done on computer, then the cost the exit of the sampler, I hear no diffrence, and my headphone is not a trick two balls purchased from GIFI, although I have, in itself, nothing against this chain of shops, although one could raise questions about morality lgitimes manufacturing of the products they sell, but I think this dborde the context of the topic.

OVERALL OPINION

I think I fell in love with this machine.

I bought six months ago a guy on audio fanzine (publicity stunt for this site, which eats all my time, I think I became acro, the proof is when my home page I open my browser, you do not care? good I know but it's just trying to get me out of this state of grassland newbie I'm a. ...)

The worst as I bought it while silent in a bad state, and yet it works. It is quite limited, for sure, I have not it in my set, but hey, take example of polyphony. Limit is 8 voice, but who needs four samples strosrieux? We put 4 in mono, and we still have room for two samples that they will use the panoramic vritablement ... Well I know a parraitre empty can, but when I realized a (which I used only samples Stereo), Ben has made me change the look of this machine, that, God forbid, I, for one moment of sweet madness, tent to sell. In fact I almost complete the sale completed, but the potential buyer (also encountered on AudioFanzine), I plant the last minute. Thank you to him!

In conclusion this machine m'clate. We arrive (in eroding) put his cot and default limits. It has no prtention, it does what you request. It is versatile and not CHRE, I have a group it is o the drummer module dclencement its sound is happiness for him that the coup did not have to invest in miliard dollars in a module spcial mga cool thing spcial top batsman to get to the same thing and no latency! (Personal joke, but it's true DSOL) I modulates the effects on parts of the drummer (albeit with a more kaos pad) but it works nikel.
In another group, I use it as a loop player, it allows me to do what I want without lugging my PC each rpt.
When I make beef, I play with some samples with no particular rhythm to add athmosphre ...

A good machine that does not turn water into wine, but if you know one who does, give me the rf ...
Maxidingue05/11/2002

Maxidingue's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss SP-505 Groove Sampling Workstation
MBM's poor. This small sampling of Groove Box is a gem. 8 voice polyphony. Sample RAM and SmartMedia (max: 128MB). 16 pads. Pattern sequencer 4 tracks. A multi-effects (26 effects) of high quality. Sampling Function (analog and digital), re-sampling. CHOP (a bit like Recycle) and pitch (which displays on the little keyboard transposed the sample you just picked). And then there BMP sync. From TimeStrecht in real time. Really transparent if it does not exceed the reasonable

UTILIZATION

Publishing is a biblical simplicity. And for good reason, the functions are few but well chosen. Getting started is easy. The manual is clear although not essential as easily tamed the beast

SOUNDS

As noted above, the converters are transparent. No artifact is the ROLAND. The multi effect is of good quality (pity there have one). Few parameters (3 per item) which allows real time thanks to the 3 knobs

OVERALL OPINION

I had an MPC2000, an SP-808; gas plants. Then this little Bécanne-looking toy Mattel. Clearly for me, there's no picture. I keep my SP505. With SmartMedia nothing easier than to concoct loops of the devil on the PC and then transfer them in less time than it takes to tell. The price / quality ratio is also excellent (around 650 euros in May 2002). It's been a month since I use it and nothing works. I can not get enough.