Roland SP-404 mk2 Guide v0.15

This update focus on the Sample Mode section, and I dumped in some of the related topics like Chromatic, Cue, and other things that can help determine how a pad may play. Further, I spent probably way too much time to figure out how End Mark works, but I figured it out and documented it.Continue reading “Roland SP-404 mk2 Guide v0.15”

Roland SP-404 mk2 Guide v0.14

Spent some time on the Sample Edit section, and tried to think about how to discuss some workflows without getting into it too deeply. I’m trying to strike the right balance between opinions, thoughts on how to do things, and just stuff that feels like issues with Sample Edit. Maybe I am being too picky,Continue reading “Roland SP-404 mk2 Guide v0.14”

Roland SP-404 mk2 Guide v0.13

Most of this update was filling in the Sample section to the best of my abilities within my time constraints. There’s some things that I thought I understood about sampling on the mk2, that I’m clearly going to have to go back to. I also skipped on the Skip Back section, because honestly, I thinkContinue reading “Roland SP-404 mk2 Guide v0.13”

Roland SP-404 mk2 Guide v0.12

This update was to try and fill in some information about the actual Data in the mk2. I spent some time trying to figure out the directory structure and format of different files. So far I haven’t figured out much about the .bin files, or how the mk2 might be storing or managing much ofContinue reading “Roland SP-404 mk2 Guide v0.12”

Roland SP-404 mk2 Guide v0.11

Another experiment, and trying to wrap up the Audio Input/Audio Export sections I’ve got some ideas for linking some working session videos with the guide, so stay tuned for that. The last two days were mostly about trying to flesh out some of the existing sections some more. Primarily the audio input section, but thatContinue reading “Roland SP-404 mk2 Guide v0.11”

Couple of SP-404 mk2 tracks

Still having fun with the mk2! I find it to occupy a nice space between my other gear, it’s not as powerful as the MPC Live as a sampler or for creating patterns, but there’s also something refreshing about being limited. Also, the product line has been quite focussed on resampling in the past, andContinue reading “Couple of SP-404 mk2 tracks”

Roland SP-404 mk2 Firmware 1.13 Bugs, Issues, Concerns, Oddities, and Feature Requests

These notes are all for SP 404 mk2 firmware 1.13. Bugs In pattern mode there is a slight gap between the end of a pattern and the start back to 1.1.1. In pattern mode edit, you cannot adjust the start position of the pattern, only the end position. Exported samples do not contain the projectContinue reading “Roland SP-404 mk2 Firmware 1.13 Bugs, Issues, Concerns, Oddities, and Feature Requests”

Roland SP-404 mk2 – Second(?) Attempts

Had some slight misinformation… the semitone changes with PITCH/SPEED are -12 semitones and +7 semitones for a range (effectively down 50% or up 50%). The CHROMATIC mode can do +/- 12 semitones. Obviously you can resample to stretch beyond this… but wanted to clarify that if you’ve got something specific you’re looking to do thatContinue reading “Roland SP-404 mk2 – Second(?) Attempts”

The Roland SP-404 mk2 is in… Initial Thoughts

Got mine Wednesday… been knocking on the pads quite a bit. Never had a 404 (but got the 202 and 303)… mostly a heavy MPC user… so my thoughts come at this through mostly an MPC lens, but definitely with appreciation of where the SP line has come from in previous generations. One of theContinue reading “The Roland SP-404 mk2 is in… Initial Thoughts”