Roland SP-404 mk2 Guide v0.17

Boy, another big update. I was planning on moving to a weekly schedule for updates to be more consistent, but these bigger updates also feel more draining. I’ll have to think about it.

Most of this update is just writing up the effects section, and I tried to stick to give my thoughts and advice for the effects, rather than just rehashing whatever is in the manual. As with a lot of the guide, I’ll eventually come back and rewrite sections, or add some more content, but as it stands, I don’t want to write any more about bread and butter effects that you can find anywhere. Although it is alphabetical, you’ll certainly find where I started to loose my mind trying to write up something about some of the effects.

The bigger news is probably that I’ve started uploading a series of five minute videos, with the intent to try and break down discrete steps for making a song into about five minute sized chunks. Over the course of six to eight videos, you’ll hopefully get a sense for different workflows to get from the start to finish (or in some cases possibly just hit the eject button on) a track. At the moment I’ve got an internal commitment to keep this to a video a day until I hit 100 videos, and then kind of take inventory of how it went and if it makes sense to keep doing more. I am confident I can do this for a long time, but at some point I am just concerned that I’ll start retreading old material too much, and it may become less interesting. If you want to check it out, head over to and let me know what you think.

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