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Gorgon
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Post 04 Nov 2017

So, I am now the proud owner of a Roland SP-808. Anyone have one? The ZIP disk was fucked so I ordered another one from ebay, should be getting it in a week or so.

Nice addition to my Roland W30 and DJ70MK2 :)
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Carly(Poohbear)
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Post 04 Nov 2017

Nice bit of kit.


I do have Roland W30 and a Casio SK5 (<-my first sampler).

Back in the early 90's Roland UK offered their sample banks out free, you just had to turn up at their head office and copy the samples your self, their head office was only about 15 minutes away so I spent a day there getting a hold of 100's of samples. (about 100 floppy disks worth) :)

I also have D70 (which I need to take apart yet again to blow the keyboard bed out, slightest bit of dust messes it up) and Korg T1 (my work horse). :)

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Post 05 Nov 2017

The SP-808 has been my first sampler/workstation. Loved it!
The zips are a bit noisy. I remember they were already not so easy to find 15 years ago, and rather expensive.. Perhaps there are ways to use HD or SD?
The effects are quite nice, and there's also a virtual analogue oscillator that can be sequenced.
It was one of the first samplers with time stretching, and after long debating, I went for it as my first sampler, instead of the MPC-2000, because of the 4-track recorder, which I used extensively to record guitars and vocals. That's before I even remotely considered a computer as part of my musical activities :)
I used it to print audio and mix/arrange tracks from the MC-505. This type of workflow is something I try to emulate often in Reason. I like the constraints of audio against the forever editable MIDI.

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Post 05 Nov 2017

Carly(Poohbear) wrote:
04 Nov 2017
Nice bit of kit.


I do have Roland W30 and a Casio SK5 (<-my first sampler).

Back in the early 90's Roland UK offered their sample banks out free, you just had to turn up at their head office and copy the samples your self, their head office was only about 15 minutes away so I spent a day there getting a hold of 100's of samples. (about 100 floppy disks worth) :)

I also have D70 (which I need to take apart yet again to blow the keyboard bed out, slightest bit of dust messes it up) and Korg T1 (my work horse). :)
Nice! Do you have the SCSI mod in the W30 also?
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Post 05 Nov 2017

Vince-Noir-99 wrote:
05 Nov 2017
The SP-808 has been my first sampler/workstation. Loved it!
The zips are a bit noisy. I remember they were already not so easy to find 15 years ago, and rather expensive.. Perhaps there are ways to use HD or SD?
The effects are quite nice, and there's also a virtual analogue oscillator that can be sequenced.
It was one of the first samplers with time stretching, and after long debating, I went for it as my first sampler, instead of the MPC-2000, because of the 4-track recorder, which I used extensively to record guitars and vocals. That's before I even remotely considered a computer as part of my musical activities :)
I used it to print audio and mix/arrange tracks from the MC-505. This type of workflow is something I try to emulate often in Reason. I like the constraints of audio against the forever editable MIDI.
Apparently there's only one SD reader that works, and that's the one from the AKAI MPC2000-XL (the blue one). Everything else is a no go. I ordered a 250Mb ZIP drive instead. Shame that it won't do anything without a ZIP in the drive.
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Post 05 Nov 2017

Gorgon wrote:
05 Nov 2017


Nice! Do you have the SCSI mod in the W30 also?
Not yet, it's something I have thought about over the years, do you have any drives\zips setup for it?

TBH I have not played my keyboards much (last 10 years) due to way my house has been setup, I'm hoping to move soon so all my music stuff will once again be together and then.... the fun can begin :)

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Post 17 Nov 2017

My SP808 is alive with the new ZIP drive! Awesome!
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Post 17 Nov 2017

Carly(Poohbear) wrote:
05 Nov 2017
Gorgon wrote:
05 Nov 2017


Nice! Do you have the SCSI mod in the W30 also?
Not yet, it's something I have thought about over the years, do you have any drives\zips setup for it?

TBH I have not played my keyboards much (last 10 years) due to way my house has been setup, I'm hoping to move soon so all my music stuff will once again be together and then.... the fun can begin :)
I got my SCSI zip working on the DJ70 but haven't tried it yet on the W30 (I'm not sure if the SCSI kit is in there).

Need to open it up anyway to replace an encoder.
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Post 07 Dec 2017

So now a guy from Spain sent me a new OS for the SP808 and also the original demo disk. Isn't internet awesome? :D
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Post 26 Apr 2021

My take on the Casio Sk1 to the Op1... wondering if also the Sk5 makes this kind of fat-highcut sampling.
I just put the midi kit in the Sk1 after years of hesitation...
Does also the Sk5 auto-power off? I hate that... I lose my samples every time if I'm not fast enough... :(

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Post 26 Apr 2021

Carly(Poohbear) wrote:
04 Nov 2017
Nice bit of kit.


I do have Roland W30 and a Casio SK5 (<-my first sampler).

Back in the early 90's Roland UK offered their sample banks out free, you just had to turn up at their head office and copy the samples your self, their head office was only about 15 minutes away so I spent a day there getting a hold of 100's of samples. (about 100 floppy disks worth) :)

I also have D70 (which I need to take apart yet again to blow the keyboard bed out, slightest bit of dust messes it up) and Korg T1 (my work horse). :)

This reminds me of the early Reason 1.0 exporting projects on floppies.... :) good times :)

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Post 27 Apr 2021

Still rocking my Ensoniq ASR-10. Installed an internal Zip drive many years ago to replace the external SCSI Syquest drive I started with. I still have that drive kicking around somewhere in storage. Haven't really used it much since I converted all of the samples and instruments over to NNXT filled combinators in Reason. ;-)

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Post 28 Apr 2021

Despondo wrote:
27 Apr 2021
Still rocking my Ensoniq ASR-10. Installed an internal Zip drive many years ago to replace the external SCSI Syquest drive I started with. I still have that drive kicking around somewhere in storage. Haven't really used it much since I converted all of the samples and instruments over to NNXT filled combinators in Reason. ;-)
ASR-10, great machine.
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Post 04 May 2021

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Post 04 May 2021

Cool thread guys!

I used to have a W-30, 25 years ago. What a great sampling workstation.
I still remember the demo "This is my song". :)
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