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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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chevdo a professional user from Canada writes:
I unfortunately paid way too much for my SP, but it was a long time ago. I hung onto it because it would be impossible to sell for any reasonable return. But recently I picked up a cheap Akai S2000, and ended up selling it again right away because the Peavey SP with SP Remote software is way easier and quicker to use than the Akai S2000 with MESA software. Plus I couldn't get the Akai S2000 to read ANY Akai CDs via SCSI whereas the Peavey SP at least reads some Akai CDs. The SIMMS are cheap and easy to find, and coupled with Soundforge, a SCSI card, and SP Remote Control software (which is now free, by the way, go to the SP yahoogroup for details), the SP is a powerful and easy to use sampler. I swapped out the JFET op-amps for 5532s as well, and it seems to make a big difference, the sound isn't as grainy any more. In fact it sounds more like my Turtle Beach Maui soundcard now, which I previously preferred, and which also is loaded with surface-mount 5532s. I like the SP a lot, and would give it a 5 out of 5 if it had a good resonant filter, which it doesn't.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-11-2007 at 01:11
Fruktkaka a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
Very nice budget sampler. Very well laid out interface for such a small display and scare button set, but ofcourse you'd rather edit it from a PC over MIDI which is also possible. Very good hardware quality, built for touring! Mine is for 110V but one time I accidentily plugged it to 240V. Zap! The entire sampler died, I thought. But no, the only thing I had to do was to replace the fuse, and voilà, it's working again! Not too many synths would stand that.

From a programmers point of view, I must say that the SP has an intelligent OS and architecture. I allways get pissed of when something would be possible to do only it's not because of lazy/stupid OS programmers. Not here. You can do all your stereo tricks and stuff and it has a great sample offset feature, and a nice modulation matrix.

Of course it should have had resonance (the SP+ does) at least highpass filtering (it's actually possible to do the latter through a trick).

I use mine mostly as a versatile drum module. You can make the samples react very well to velocity and such things, and since you get four mono outputs (configurable, again, thanks to a good OS) you can run it through all kinds of processing.

I must confess though, I got mine very cheap, and probably I wouldn't be so impressed if I'd had to pay more. Afterall, any PC can do most of the things it can nowadays. Still, for having a simple and steady drum box with exchangable sounds, it's perfect, and it does sound alot better than your average soundcard. Only 1HE also. And unlike most manufactorers, Peavey do care about their old gear customers.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-15-2003 at 12:59
Bernard a part-time user from Charleston, SC writes:
I have a whole rack of these that I got from a studio in San Fransisco, and they suit my purpose just fine. I use them to play all of the samples I got from a friend's Akai collection. They translate quite nicely, and frankly I dont see why anyone would pay the extra price for an Akai sampler when you can get the same performance out of these babies. Good work, Peavey.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-26-2001 at 01:28
pookie a part-time user from tv land writes:
i dig it. it was cheap and is very useful in conjunction with a wave editor and a bunch ov plugins.

5 out of 5 for price to performance ratio!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-13-2001 at 04:26
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