Emu SP 1200
Added: 03-Sep-07 | Author: admin
New price: discontinued | S/H price: 1000 - 1500 Euros approx
Emu SP 1200From WIKipedia: The E-mu SP-1200 is a classic sampler released August of 1987 by E-mu as an update of the SP-12. It became famed for its gritty texture and ability to simulate the sound of vinyl recordings. The SP-1200 became an icon of the golden era of hiphop due to its ability to construct the bulk of a song within one piece of portable gear, a first for the industry, which reduced studio costs and gave groups more creative control over their own sound relying less on studio engineers. Designed to be used as both a drum sequencer and sampler in one, the SP-1200 features 22 kHz (roughly half the fidelty of a compact disc) and 12-bit resolution; along with the idiosnycratic SSM2044 filter chip these machines were fitted with make for a dirty, gritty sound.
One of the attributes of the SP-1200 is its extremely small amount of memory, roughly 10 seconds. The limited sampling time was overcome within the late 80s Hip-Hop production circles by sampling 33 1/3 records played on a Technic 1200 turntable at 45 rpm with the pitch control raised to +8, then replaying the sample from the SP1200 at a much slower speed. This in effect, "tricked" the sampler into expanding its total sample time. By the early 90s, nearly every working Hip-Hop producer had adopted this technique as industry standard until younger producers began buying newer samplers such as Akai's MPC60, which came with a much higher bitrates and more sampling time.
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