BOSS announce the SP-303 Dr. Sample, a low-cost phrase sampler aimed at DJs, remixers and musicians. Based on sampling and looping functions of the SP-202, the SP-303 offers 16 Bit 44.1kHz, 8-note polyphony, 26 effects, a real-time pattern sequencer and more.
The SP-303’s new 'Standard' recording mode offers 31 seconds of mono sampling at 44.1kHz. Two additional modes are provided when more sampling time is needed, or when “Lo-fi” sound is desired. Sampling time can be easily expanded using optional SmartMedia cards; a 64MB card provides 33 minutes of CD-quality mono sampling. Once samples are onboard, tempo can be easily adjusted without changing pitch using the BPM control.
New to the SP-303 is an onboard pattern sequencer, which allows users to create complete songs by arranging samples recorded to the two banks of eight trigger pads (two additional banks can be accessed via SmartMedia). A quantize function corrects timing inconsistencies and works great for drum programming. The SP-303’s sequencer can store up to 7,500 notes in internal memory.
The onboard effects processor includes 26 effects with reverb, flanger, delay, and Voice Transfomer—plus more algorithms like distortion, filter, Slicer, Isolator, Lo-Fi, and Vinyl Simulator. Effects can be resampled to another pad, applied to multiple samples simultaneously, or even applied to live input signals—making the SP-303 a possible for a DJ effects box as well.
In the tweaking department, the unit has 3 real-time control knobs and luminous rubber buttons; users can even import .WAV and AIFF files via SmartMediam (requires adapter)