Roland SP-404

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Classification Electronic sampler
DevelopedRoland 2005

The Roland SP-404 is a discontinued sampling workstation made by Roland Corporation. Released in the year of 2005. It is part of the SP family and successor to Boss Corporation’s SP-505 sampler left off. The sampler was succeeded by the SP-555 in the year of 2008, but was later giving its own upgrade as the Roland SP-404SX in the year of 2011. Another upgrade, the Roland SP-404A was released in the year of 2017.[1]


SP Lineage

The following list is a correct order of each installment's release, as an attempt to help musicians avoid any confusion.

  • Boss SP-202 (1998)
  • Roland SP-808 GrooveSampler (1998)
  • Roland SP-808EX E-Mix Studio (2000)
  • Boss SP-303 (2001)
  • Boss SP-505 (2002)
  • Roland SP-606 (2004)
  • Roland SP-404 (2005)
  • Boss SP-555 (2008)
  • Roland SP-404SX (2011)
  • Roland SP-404A (2017)

Having the traditional features of the Roland Grooveboxes, the 404 has the ability to record audio directly via line/mic, or import/export industry-standard WAV and AIF files via CompactFlash card. An onboard pattern sequencer allows up to 8,000 notes to be recorded in real time. Pattern data can be quantized and up to 24 patterns, each 1–99 measures long, can be stored in the internal memory. Using a 1GB CompactFlash card, sampling times can be as long as approximately 772 minutes in Lo-Fi mode, or up to 386 minutes long in Standard mode.

In popular culture[edit]

A number of musicians have used either the SP-303 or the SP-404 as part of their production and performance.

These include Jel, Odd Nosdam, Alias, J Dilla, Madlib, Joji, MF Doom, Jneiro Jarel, Milo, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Samiyam, Ras G, Teebs, Grimes, Pictureplane, Four Tet, Beck Hansen, Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound, Radiohead, Animal Collective, Spindrift, Toro y Moi, Broadcast, John Maus, Ellie Goulding, El Guincho, Illmind, Dibia$e,[2] Jack Medleys Secure Men, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin), Matt Mondanile of Ducktails, Devo, Mad Professor and many others.

Jan Linton was hired by Roland in 2005 to produce a promotional European sound card for the SP404.

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Further reading[edit]

  • "Roland SP-404SX". Future Music. No. 220. Future Publishing. ISSN 0967-0378. OCLC 1032779031.

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