SnapBeat: Simple Lo-fi Sampler

US Affordable device with on-board sequencer      13/08/23

Samplers are incredibly affordable and portable nowadays, compared to the rack mounted beasts of the 1990s anyway! Here we have a simple sampler, from a seller in Vietnam, for sale on Tindie - as a fully assembled unit or a kit. It certianly looks the part, and has some very simple sampling features. Here are the specs:

Main functions

  • sample and truncate sound
  • live play
  • compose rhythm patterns
  • compose track (song)
  • connect headphones and speakers

Main spec.

  • main chip : Nuvoton ISD1720SY (voice recorder IC) x 8
  • number of voice channels : 8
  • sampling frequency : about 20kHz (high quality sampling) / about 12kHz (low quality sampling)
  • maximum sample length per channel : about 6 sec. (high quality sampling) / about 12 sec. (low quality sampling)
  • maximum number of rhythm patterns : 8
  • maximum track (song) length : a song consists of 64 rhythm patterns maximum and a pattern consists of 2 bar


  • Line in (3.5mm stereo jack)
  • Line out (RCA stereo jack)
  • Headphone out (3.5mm stereo jack)
  • volume (headphone)
  • volume (metronome in rhythm edit mode)
  • USB type C (5V power)
  • USB mini-B (for upload firmware to Arduino Nano)

More info  on the SnapBeat website

Get the assembled version here:

The Kit is here:


About the author [midierror]: midierror makes nifty Max For Live devices, innovative music hardware, award winning sample packs and hosts a podcast speaking to people in the music world.

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