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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Vincent Fries a professional user from Munich writes:
Although the Studio 440 has benn released in 1986 it has got very futurious features that still drumsamplers coming out today do not have! It has got a SCSI port and thats in 1986! Analog Filters, easy use, fat sound. I still use 2 of this units. Nothing is fatter than them! Try to bet it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-23-2002 at 08:19
Casey a hobbyist user from D.C. writes:
There is so little info out there about this machine. I just got my hands on one and have only stared it it so far. I have the original owner's manual and the upgraded OS so it should be fun. Any info anyone has about would be useful.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-06-2002 at 21:54
Gary Norton a professional user writes:
These are VERY rare, so not too many people know about them and what they're like. If they did... these would be going for $4000 used. They are amazing, even by 2001 standards. Makes MPC3000's look like toys. With Sequential Ciruts analog filters. Amazing centerpiece for any studio.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-16-2001 at 03:02
JB a professional user from UK writes:
The 440 matches the MPC-60 for features and the SP1200 for filters, what more could you want?

OK, maybe expandable memory, more than 6 voices and a second row of pads. Plus it did cost £3500 here in the UK back in 1986.

The 440 pioneered a number of features including the use of the pads as sequence track mute/unmute buttons (later adopted by the later OS version for the MPC2000).

Undoubtedly the best old-school drum machine with regard to a balance between sampler and sequencer (OK, the MPC-60 with Linn O/S V3.1 and the Linn9000 with Forat V7.09 both have better sequencers but the sample engines can not compare regarding filters, envelopes, looping etc).

Reliability is questionable though but support is available so replacement chips shouldn't be a problem.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-11-2001 at 04:24
al-act-tricks a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
Damn good thing! I use it for 1 year now. Bought it for 500DM in Germany. I restored it with 8 new "foam-pads" + EEPROM OS Update (for scs-i use) + new dataslider from Now the Studio 440 is in very good contidtion. Running OS from PointSource Version 2.30 with working SCS-I. it has a perfect crunchy 12bit`s good 4 sampling analog beatboxes and "rebuild or recyle" the samples with the filter section. fat "live" sequencer for dj use. today i personaly use it for most of my recordings. For all the midi parts it replaces my Apple G4 + MIDI Seq.! ;-)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-10-2001 at 19:43
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