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  S-550 sampler At a Glance
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ROCKET (NO EMAIL YET) writes:
OVERALL IT IS A GOOD SAMPLER WITH A LOT OF EXPRESIVE CONTROL AND THE POSSIBLILITY OF UPGRADING WITH SCUZI(SO I'VE HEARD) THE PROGRAMING CAN BE A LITTLE INTIMIDATING AT FIRST WITH SO MUCH TO OFFER BUT AFTER YOU GET USED TO THE CONTROLS, IT'S A BREEZE TO ZIP THROW. IF YOU CAN FIND THE EXTERNAL CONTROLER RC-100 YOU WILL MAKE THINGS EVEN EASIER. IT LOOKS SIMILAR TO ONE THE MKS RACKS BECAUSE OF THE BUTTONS AND DISPLAY. INFO IS SAVED TO 3 1/4 COMPUTER TYPE DISKS, YOU CAN SAVE 28 TONE PARAMETERS PER DISK, EACH ONE APPLIED TO ONE SAMPLE CAN GIVE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SOUND, SYSTEM DATA LIKE MIDI AND FUNCTIONS ARE ALSO SAVED TO DISK AND SEQUENCES CAN BE SAVE TO DISK ALSO. THE INTERNAL MEMORY CAN HOLD APPROXIMATELY 2 DISKS FULL OF INFO, THAT MEANS 1-8 WAVEFORMS(DEPENDING ON LENGTH), 56 TONE PARAMETERS, PLUS ANY SPECIAL FUNCTION OR MIDI INFORMATION. PRETTY GOOD FOR JUST 1 Mg.

Comments About the Sounds:
IT'S REALLY UP TO YOU HOW IT SOUNDS, THE MACHINE GIVES YOU SO MUCH CONTROL AND EDITING POSSIBLILITIES. YOU CAN SAMPLE WAVEFORMS AND PASS THEM THROUGH A WHOLE BUNCH OF FILTERS, OR YOU CAN DRAW YOUR OWN WAVEFORMS WITH THE MOUSE, AND THEN YOU HAVE CONTROL TO LOOP,TRUNCUATE,REVERSE,COMBINE,MIX AND MORE. FILTERS INCLUDE LFO-RATE SYNC MOD DELAY OFFSET POLARITY-,TVF EG SUSTAIN EG END EG RATE 1-8 EG LEVEL 1-8 KEY FOL LFO DEPTH EG POL,PITCH SHIFT,PITCH FOLLOW,FINE TUNE,PITCH BENDER,PITCH LFO DEPTH,AFTER TOUCH SENS,OCT SHIFT,UNISON MODE, AND LOTS MORE. IT,S A VERY COMPLETE AND HAS 8 OUTPUTS SO YOU CAN ASSIGN SAMPLES TO EACH OUT, U CAN EVEN USE AN AUDIO INPUT TO CONTROL THE SAMPLES(MUST BE SOME KIND OF GATE INPUT?) THERE IS A LOT MORE TO BE SAID ABOUT THE SEQUENCER THAT CAME WITH IT AND ALL THE GOODIES IT HAS TO OFFER. I LIKE THIS SAMPLER BECAUSE U CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE WAVEFORMS BEFORE U EDIT THEM GIVING YOU A BETTER IDEA OF WHERE TO SET THE LOOP,TRUNCUATE,MIX,ETC. AND IF YOU STILL CANNOT FIND IT THEN THE SEQUENCER CAN AUTOMATICALLY FIND IT FOR U. ON THE SEQUENCER PAGE U CAN HAVE EITHER A KEYBOARD,OR 8 KEYBOARDS TOGETHER VISUALY TO SEE WHAT IS PLAYING ON WHICH KEY, LOTS MORE TO OFFER, HOPE YOU HAVE A MANUAL, OTHERWISE ORDER ONE BECAUSE IT IS A NECESITY WITH SOMETHING THAT HAS AS MUCH CONTROL AS THIS.

(Thanks to ROCKET for this info.)
and Baard Danielsen for the pic

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