Owner’s Manual Thank you, and congratulations on your choice of the Roland Sampler SP-404. Before using this unit, carefully read the sections entitled: “USING THE UNIT SAFELY” and “IMPORTANT NOTES” (pp. 3–4; pp. 5–6). These sections provide important information concerning the proper operation of the unit.
Do not attempt to repair the unit, or replace parts within it (except when this manual provides specific instruc- tions directing you to do so). Refer all servicing to your retailer, the nearest Roland Service Center, or an autho- rized Roland distributor, as listed on the “Information” page.
However, in certain cases (such as when circuitry related to memory itself is out of order), we regret that it may not be possible to restore the data, and Roland assumes no liability concerning such loss of data. Additional Precautions •...
(including padding) that it came in, if possible. Otherwise, you will need to use equivalent packaging materials. • Use a cable from Roland to make the connection. If using some other make of connection cable, please note the following precautions.
Using the Protect Setting...43 Initializing the SP-404’s Internal Memory ...43 Checking the Version Number...43 Setting the Internal Processing Level of the SP-404 ...43 Chapter 8. Examples of Using the SP-404 ... 44 Using the Pattern Sequencer to Create a Rhythm Pattern ...44 Using the SP-404 with a Turntable ...45...
Before You Start Names of Things and What They Do Top Panel VOLUME Knob This knob adjusts the volume of the line output and the headphones. CTRL 1–3 Knobs These knobs control the parameters that are assigned to each knob according to the effect you’ve selected. The knobs are also used in the following ways: CTRL 1 Knob You can use this knob to adjust the sample start location or the...
When [PATTERN SELECT] is lit, these buttons switch pattern banks. If you press BANK [A] or [B] so it’s lit, the SP-404’s internal bank A or B will be selected. If you press BANK [C/G]–[F/J] to light a button, banks C–F on the memory card can be selected.
If you want to record a sample (p. 14, p. 23), connect your CD player or other audio source to the LINE IN jacks, or connect a mic to the MIC IN jack. (If you will be using the SP-404’s internal mic, this is not necessary.)
Inserting/Removing a Memory Card The power of the SP-404 must be turned off when you insert or remove a memory card. If you insert or remove a memory card while the power is on, you risk damaging the data of the memory card or rendering it unusable.
Quick Start Listen to the Samples When the SP-404 is shipped from the factory, pads 1–12 of sample bank A and pads 1 and 2 of sample bank B contain samples. Let’s start by listening to these samples. What’s a sample? A “sample”...
Play the Patterns What’s a pattern? On the SP-404, you can press the pads to play several samples in the desired order, and record this performance as a song. Such a sequence of samples in a playback order is called a “pattern.”...
Sample Your Own Sounds Let’s try sampling into pad 9 of sample bank B, to which no samples were assigned when the SP-404 was shipped from the factory. Recording (sampling) audio material whose copyright is the property of another party without permission from the copyright owner for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is a violation of copyright law.
Adjust the volume of your CD player. Turn the CTRL 3 (LEVEL) knob all the way to the right, then adjust the volume of the connected CD player so the PEAK indicator lights occasionally. If the PEAK indicator does not light even when you’ve turned the CTRL 3 (LEVEL) knob all the way toward the right, the volume of your audio input source may be too low.
Chapter 1. Playing Samples On the SP-404, pads 1–12 and the bank buttons are used to play samples. A pad whose sample is playing will light. The pad you pressed most recently to play it is called the current pad. The panel will show the settings for the current pad.
Playing an External Input Sound (External Source) The SP-404 lets you control the playing/muted status of (and apply effects to) an external audio input source such as a CD player connected to the LINE IN jacks, a mic connected to the MIC IN jack, or sound from the SP-404’s internal mic.
Chapter 2. Using Effects Since the SP-404 provides 29 different effects, you can apply an effect to a sample to modify the sound without needing any other equipment. • Of the 29 effects, five of them—filter + overdrive, pitch shifter, delay, isolator, and vinyl simulator—can be selected directly by...
CTRL 1 knob adjusting the DEPTH while the CTRL 3 knob adjusts the RESONANCE. This function is convenient when you’ve connected the SP-404 to the SEND/RETURN jacks of a DJ mixer (or other device), and are using the SP-404 as an effects processor.
Chapter 2. Using Effects Effect List Effects You Can Select by Directly Pressing a Button Type CTRL 1 (display) FILTER+DRIVE ★ CUTOFF (CoF) Low-pass filter with overdrive. Adjusts the frequency at which Cuts the high range and adds dis- the cut occurs. tortion.
Type CTRL 1 (display) 5. PHASER ★ DEPTH/RESONANCE (d-r) ★ (S/R = ON) Adds modulation to the sound. Adjusts both DEPTH and RESO- * When Send/Return mode is on: NANCE simultaneously. (S/R = OFF) DEPTH/MANUAL (dPt) * When Send/Return mode is off: Adjusts the depth of modulation.
Chapter 2. Using Effects Type CTRL 1 (display) 20. VOICE TRANS. FORMANT (FrM) Transforms a human voice into Adjusts the basic character (for- various other voices. mant) of the voice. 21. C.CANCELER L-R BALANCE (L-r) Cancels the vocal or other sound Find the point at which the un- localized at the center of the wanted sound is cancelled most...
The times given here are for monaural sampling. For sampling into the SP-404’s internal memory, the time shown is the total time for sample banks A and B. For sampling into a memory card, the time shown is the total time for sample banks C–J.
As an example, here’s how to sample in monaural to pad 11 of bank Connect a mic to the MIC IN jack as described on p. 10. * If you’re using the SP-404’s internal mic, you don’t need to make this connection.
As an example, here’s how to sample to bank C of a memory card. The power of the SP-404 must be off when you insert or remove a memory card. If you insert or remove a card while the power is on, you risk damaging the data in the memory card or rendering it unusable.
Chapter 3. Sampling Using a Count When You Sample You can make the SP-404 generate a count (1, 2, 3, 4) when you start sampling. This is convenient when you have a specific tempo or time signature in mind. Make preparations for sampling as described in steps 1–10 of “Sampling from a CD”...
Press [FILTER+DRIVE] so it’s lit. The filter + overdrive effect is turned on, and the effect is applied to pad 1 of bank A. As desired, turn the CTRL 1 and CTRL 2 knobs to adjust the effect. If [RESAMPLE] is lit, you can’t use the CTRL 3 knob to adjust the effect.
Chapter 3. Sampling Exchanging Sample Pad Assignments You can change the pad to which a sample is assigned by exchanging samples between two pads. You can also exchange assignments between a pad to which a sample is assigned and a pad to which no sample is assigned. Make sure that [PATTERN SELECT] is not lighted.
Chapter 4. Changing the Settings of a Sample Specifying the Volume of a Sample The SP-404 lets you specify the volume with which each sample is to play. This is a convenient way to create a consistent volume balance between the samples of each pad.
Omitting Unwanted Portions of the Sample (Marker/Start Point/End Point) For each sample in the SP-404, you can specify the portion of that sample’s waveform data that will actually play. The point at which the waveform data will start being played is called the Start Point, and the point at which playback will end is called the End Point.
Changing Both the Start Point and the End Point Make sure that [PATTERN SELECT] is not lighted. If it’s lit, press [PATTERN SELECT] to switch it off. Press the pad that plays the sample whose setting you want to change. The pad lights and the sample begins playing.
Chapter 4. Changing the Settings of a Sample Making Fine Adjustments to the Start Point or End Point Make sure that [PATTERN SELECT] is not lighted. If it’s lit, press [PATTERN SELECT] to switch it off. Press the pad that plays the sample whose setting you want to change.
Changing a Sample’s BPM The BPM (tempo) of a sample is determined automatically by the length of the interval between the sample’s Start Point and End Point. However depending on this length, the calculated BPM value may be half or double the correct BPM. If this occurs, proceed as follows to set the BPM correctly.
1–12. A group of twelve patterns assigned to the pads is called a pattern bank. The SP-404 provides ten pattern banks; A–J. Pattern banks A and B are in the SP-404’s internal memory, and pattern banks C–J are on the memory card.
Chapter 5. Recording a Performance of Samples (Pattern Sequencer) If no memory card is inserted, you can’t select pattern banks C– Press the pad to which you want to assign the pattern to be recorded. The pad you pressed lights, and the remaining pads go out. [REC] starts blinking, and the metronome begins sounding.
Chapter 5. Recording a Performance of Samples (Pattern Sequencer) Erasing Mistakes from the Recorded Data If you recorded a pad press by mistake, you can erase it as follows. Press [PATTERN SELECT] so it’s lit. “Ptn” appears in the display. Pads to which a pattern is assigned start blinking.
Chapter 5. Recording a Performance of Samples (Pattern Sequencer) Deleting All Patterns Here’s how to delete all patterns from internal memory or the memory card in a single operation. Press [PATTERN SELECT] so it’s lit. “Ptn” appears in the display. Pads that have been recorded start blinking.
Select the sample bank into which you want to import the file. Press one of the BANK [A]–[F/J] buttons. The button you pressed lights, and that bank (A–F) is selected. If you press a BANK [C/G]–[F/J] button once again, the button starts blinking, and a G–J bank is selected.
Chapter 6. Using a Memory Card Saving Backup Data (Backup Save) Here’s how to save backup data (all of the SP-404’s data including sample banks and pattern banks) to a memory card. You can save up to twelve sets of backup data.
MIDI device. The “MIDI Implementation Chart” (p. 51) provides an easy way to check which MIDI messages the SP-404 is able to receive. You can compare this chart to the MIDI implementation chart of your other MIDI device to see which messages can actually be sent by your other device and received by the SP-404.
BANK [A] only lit: Replace the batteries. If you continue using the SP-404, “Lo” appears in the display and it will no longer be possible to operate the SP-404. If the AC adaptor is connected and the power is on, the BANK [A]–[F/J] buttons will all be lit.
(one to twelve) being played simultaneously. If you play only a few pads simultaneously, or if you've connected the SP-404 to a DJ mixer or the like and are using it as an effects processor, you can increase this internal processing level to obtain a higher level of output.
Chapter 8. Examples of Using the SP-404 Using the Pattern Sequencer to Create a Rhythm Pattern In this example we’ll use the factory-assigned samples to create a two-measure rhythm pattern at 102 BPM. We’ll use the following samples that are assigned to sample bank A:...
Using the SP-404 with a Turntable Playing Samples along with the Sound from a Turntable Here’s how you can use the SP-404 to play samples along with a turntable performance. Connections Power Amplifier PHONO A LINE B Turntable DJ Mixer Set the crossfader of your DJ mixer to the turntable position.
Appendices Quick Reference to Operations Purpose Play a sample Play an external input sound Mono/stereo setting for external input Sampling Specify auto sampling Defeat auto sampling Resampling Delete individual samples Delete all samples Set the volume of a sample Set start point Set end point Set start/end points Adjust start/end points...
This section lists the points to check and the steps to take if you experience problems. Refer to the topic that applies to your situation. Problems When Playing Sounds No Sound/Insufficient Volume Are the SP-404 and your connected equipment powered up? Are the SP-404 and your external equipment connected correctly? Check the connections.
Since there is a danger that the SP-404 will not operate correctly if you continue using it in this state, please initialize the internal memory. (p. 43) * All data in the SP-404’s internal memory will be lost when you initialize. Data Is Not Correctly Saved in a...
Could the tempo of the external MIDI device be exceeding the range of tempos to which the SP-404 can synchronize? The SP-404 can synchronize to a tempo in the range of 40–200. It may be unable to synchronize correctly if the tempo is outside this range. Appendices...
The operation was cancelled because the WAV or AIFF is in a format not supported by the SP-404. When exporting an audio file, it will be exported in WAV format. Recommended Memory Cards As of the date of writing, Roland has confirmed that the following memory cards work correctly with the SP-404. Manufacturer Model...
MIDI Implementation Chart Model SP-404 Function... Basic Default Channel Changed Default Mode Messages Altered Note Number : True Voice Note On Velocity Note Off After Key’s Touch Channel’s Pitch Bend Control Change Program : True Number Change System Exclusive : Song Position...
96 min. 512 MB 193 min. 1 GB 386 min. Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz Data Format SP-404 original format (WAV/AIFF import/export possible) Sampling Mode STANDARD, LO-FI Pattern Sequencer Maximum recordable notes: Internal Memory: Approx. 8,000 notes * Including Pre-loaded Patterns Memory Card (CompactFlash): Approx.
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