TURBOCHARGING THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR PORTABLE SAMPLER
Roland’s acclaimed SP-404 performance sampler takes an exciting leap forward with the new SP-404SX. In addition to the fun, fast, hands-on features of the original, the new model offers enhanced sound quality with pure 16-bit linear sampling, improved DSP effects, smooth FX switching, a more versatile pattern sequencer (with a new shuffle feature), and easier data management with SD-card compatibility. It’s a creatively stimulating, powerful tool for DJs, musicians, producers, and live-sound engineers who trigger jingles.
- Sample anytime, anywhere with the built-in mic and battery power
- 29 DSP effects, including filter, delay, unique voice effects, subsonic, and looper
- 3 control knobs, 12 trigger pads, and Sub Pad for rapid repeat triggering
- Seamless effects switching for smooth, perfect performance
- Pattern sequencer with quantize mode and new shuffle feels
- 1GB SD card included; expand sample storage up to 32GB with SDHC
- Import audio files from computer, assign samples to pads with bundled software (Mac/PC)
Sample anywhere, anytime using the SP-404SX’s built-in microphone. And since the SP-404SX can run on AC or battery power (six AA batteries), it’s easy to record wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. Just power-up, point, and record. Line and mic inputs are also available for recording direct or with an external microphone. The SP-404SX’s sampling format is uncompressed wave for high-quality audio capture.
The SP-404SX is made to be played — it’s packed with interactive controls for jamming along with loops and patterns. Put your fingers on the three non-slip control knobs, 12 trigger pads, and Sub Pad for rapid repeat triggering in real time. On dark stages or DJ booths, the SP-404SX is a performers dream with its illuminated rubber pads and bright LED screen.
Create a signature sound using the SP-404SX’s 29 DSP effects, which switch seamlessly during live performance. Essential onboard effects include spacious reverbs and choruses, plus filters and delays. There are also unique, esoteric effects built in, including a voice transformer and looper. With the DJFX Looper, you can create short loops (such as machine-gun-like “da-da-da-da-da” sounds) and control reverse-playback with the knob. You can also create scratch effects like a turntable. Connect the SP-404SX to a DJ mixer and use it as an effect processor. Seventeen of the effects have a “limiter” mode, which keeps the effects from overloading. This is great for live DJ performance when you don’t want to lose control of the effects in the heat of the moment.
In addition to the endless supply of loops you can pack into the SP-404SX, you can also create your own tracks in real time with the Pattern Sequencer, complete with quantize mode, which includes shuffle feels. Creating patterns is done in real time. You can loop two measures (maximum 99 measures), for example, then play and record only the bass drum and the snare. Next, add the hi-hat over the top, and keep adding more instruments while the SP-404SX loops. You can store 120 patterns (12 patterns x 10 banks). When you play a pattern with the Pattern Sequencer, the LEDs surrounding the display blink according to the tempo, which is handy during live performance.
SD Card Memory
Start sampling right away with the included 1GB SD card. You can easily expand the sampling time using up to 32GB SDHC. Import audio files from your computer using the included software (Mac/PC) and assign them to the SP-404SX’s pads. WAV and AIFF files are accepted. The software is fast and easy to use, as it displays the SP-404SX’s pads onscreen. You can even use it to convert SP-404 format files to the SP-404SX.
Maximum Polyphony: 12 voices
Recordable Data: Samples - 120 (12 samples x 10 banks) (stored on SD card), Patterns - 120 (12 patterns x 10 banks)(stored on SD card)
Sampling Time (Total time for all samples): The maximum sampling time (size) for a single sample is approximately 180 minutes in stereo (2 GB). The following shows the approximate total sampling time of the samples that can be stored on one SD card.
Card capacity / Stereo (Mono)
1GB / Approx. 90 min. (180 min.)
2GB / Approx. 180 min. (360 min.)
4GB / Approx. 360 min. (720 min.)
8GB / Approx. 720 min. (24 hours)
16GB / Approx. 24 hours (48 hours)
32GB / Approx.48 hours (96 hours)
Since the 1 GB SD card included with the SP-404SX contains preload data, the available sampling time will be less than the time above.
Data Format: 16-bit linear(.wav/aif)
Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
Pattern Sequencer: Maximum recordable notes - Approx. 16,000 notes, Resolution - 96 ticks per quarter note, Pattern Length - 1–99 measures, Recording method - Realtime Loop Recording (with shuffle quantize function)
Effects: 29 types
Pads: 12 + Sub Pad x 1
Controllers: Control Knob x 3
Display: 7 segments, 3 characters (LED)
Onboard Mic: Mono x 1
Connectors: LINE INPUT jacks (L, R)(RCA phono type), LINE OUTPUT jacks (L, R)(RCA phono type), Headphones (PHONES) jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type), MIC jack (1/4 inch phone type), MIDI IN connector, DC IN jack, SD card slot
Power Supply: DC 9 V (Ni-MH AA SIZE Rechargeable Battery x 6, Alkaline AA SIZE Dry Battery x 6 or AC Adaptor)
*Batteries sold separately
Battery life for continuous use: Ni-MH Rechargeable batteries - approximately 5 hours, Alkaline dry batteries - approximately 4 hours
*These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Current Draw: 450 mA
Accessories: SD card (1GB), SP-404SX UTILITY CD-ROM, AC Adaptor PSB-1U, Owner’s Manual (Japanese version - English version available if necessary)
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Width: 178 mm, 7 inches
Depth: 257 mm, 10-1/8 inches
Height: 72 mm, 2-7/8 inches
Weight: 1.2 kg, 2 lbs. 11 oz.
The SP-404SX's file system is developed by Kyoto Software Research, Inc.Fugue (C)1999-2009 Kyoto Software Research, Inc. All rights reserved.
In the interest of product improvement, the specifications and/or appearance of this unit are subject to change without prior notice.
- Import duties, taxes, shipment costs are all included in the price for customers in USA.
- There is no extra cost for customers in USA.
- Shipping is with tracking number.
Posted by Unknown on 6th Apr 2018
Love this little machine! JOS is awesome. Ordered on a Wednesday night. Arrived at my door Friday morning. Couldn't be happier!
Best Price, Quick Delivery!
Posted by Unknown on 27th Mar 2018
I searched around for an sp-404sx and JOS had the best price AND best shipping! I received the item within 3 days and I've seen in other reviews around the web where people complained about the manual being in Japanese.
The manual I received is in Japanese but, I was able to easily download an English version online. So far, I'm enjoying the device and it has complimented my workflow.