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Re: Roland Dr. Sample

I do believe that police scanner nut, Scanner uses one of these on some new
stuff he's doing. Maybe this can help a little.
Jeff Collins

-----Original Message-----
From: Thomas Rupolo <TRUPOLO@rizzoliusa.com>
To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com <Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com>
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 1998 2:43 PM
Subject: RE: Roland Dr. Sample

>I bought one of these a few months back.  And to tell you the truth I'd
>probably be a bit frustrated with it if I didn't already have the
>echoplex to use in conjunction with it.  You may want to hear from
>someone who only uses the Dr. Sample.
>I found it great for taking drum samples, spoken word phrases, or short
>vocal samples.  You can then manipulate them by changing pitch,
>time-stretch, add delay, or can filter them using two different
>envelopes.  You cannot overdub . You can play up to four samples at
>once, as long as you do not use any effects.  You can sample using the
>two RCA jacks or the built-in mike.  The samples remain after you shut
>the power off.
>Sampling is easy to do and the BPM feature lets you come *close* to
>syncing it up to other rhythms - at least for a few bars - it does have
>a tendency to drift a bit.  I haven't used its MIDI applications yet but
>I've been led to understand that they're rather limited.
>With the standard factory memory you can get up to 16 samples stored at
>once in two banks that are triggered by 8 pads, but at 12.5 seconds (if
>you want top quality samples) they will be VERY short.  A huge drawback
>is that most of the effects can only be used with its internal memory.
>If you buy the pricey memory cards you get two more banks to sample with
>and a lot more sample time.  You can still change the pitch but not the
>time.  Nor can you add delay.  You can still filter the samples, though,
>which is great fun.
>I have a convoluted way of using it.  I will often take a sample on the
>EDP, and re-sample to the Doctor.  Then I'll manipulate it to my heart's
>content .  After sending it to the EDP again, I will then overdub using
>the manipulated sample, which will be copied to other loops only to be
>overdubbed some more.
>Overall I'd say it is worth the $300, depending on what you want to do
>with it.  I plan on writing a more detailed review of the unit for the
>Tools page when I have a spare moment.....
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: dan sumner [SMTP:permadan@yahoo.com]
>> Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 1998 10:28 AM
>> To: TRUPOLO@rizzoliusa.com
>> Subject: roland dr. sample
>> Has anyone used the Dr. Sample by roland?  I'm
>> interested but am wary after being duped by roland before with the
>> GR1.
>> ---Howard Harawitz <howard@brooknorth.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > Roland has a DJ sampler too. In fact there are several of these
>> things on
>> > the market by Alesis, Yamaha and others.
>> >
>> > Does anyone on the list have any comments about using these things
>> and how
>> > they compare to delay devices like the EDP for looping?
>> >
>> >
>> > At 02:11 AM 11/8/98 EST, you wrote:
>> > >From the most recent Sweetwater "InSync" online newsletter:
>> > ><<New in stock at Sweetwater Sound: The ultimate new DJ tool, the
>> Sony
>> > MDSDRE1
>> > >has arrived. It's a MiniDisc-based platform with sampling trigger
>> banks and
>> > >all sorts of instant looping and scratching features, including the
>> > >obligatory big rubber scratch wheel. Speed and pitch can be
>> adjusted
>> > >independent of one another or together via a very simple dual
>> slider
>> > >mechanism. The neat thing is that with their ATRAC compression
>> technology
>> > >it's easy to record any performance you do right back to a MiniDisc
>> and have
>> > >it ready to play instantly - all in real time. An experienced DJ
>> could
>> > >really work some magic with this thing. Retail price $1200.>>
>> > >So, I wonder if it can be controlled with a foot switch?
>> > >dpc
>> > >
>> > >
>> > ==========================================================
>> > Howard Harawitz      howard@brooknorth.com
>> > ==========================================================
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>> > Telephone: 1-902-423-0257
>> > ==========================================================
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>> >
>> >
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