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Roland Debuts SP-606 Groove Sampler at Musikmesse


April 1, 2004

Unveiled for the first time at Musikmesse, Roland's new SP-606 sampling
workstation extends the legacy of the SP-505, incorporating 4×4 velocity
pads, D Beam and V-LINK control, USB/CompactFlash compatibility, and more.
The SP-606 is also bundled with Cakewalk's new P606 phrase generator/virtual
groovebox for a comprehensive sample library and editing capabilities.

The SP-606 offers 8-voice, CD-quality audio with slice and dice editing of
samples via the onboard Chop function. An 18,000 note 4-track MIDI sequencer
with BPM Sync enables time stretching of audio phrases while a graphic LCD
with waveform display allows zooming in during editing of Start and End points.

The velocity sensitive pads are laid out in a 4×4 grid for intuitive control
over rhythm programming and phrase audio operation. Roland's D Beam controller
and V-LINK video control have been included to create unique phrasing and real-time
effects generation during performance or playback. Video clips can be triggered
in sync with playback.

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There are 40 effects onboard, including SP-505 effects such as Isolator, Filter
+ Drive, Slicer, Reverb and Tape Echo as well as new effects and an independent
Mastering Effect for final mixing. Effect settings can be added and tweaked
in realtime via the SP-606's front panel knobs, or re-sampled to another pad
in realtime.

The External Sequence Sampling feature allows for easy capturing of audio
loops generated by MIDI-based machines via connection to an external MIDI workstation,
such as the MC-909. Under MIDI control, the SP-606 is able to detect the start
and end points of the audio loop and perform a perfect capture.

A CompactFlash memory slot with up to 512MB capacity is included for storing
audio samples and .WAV/AIFF files. A USB port facilitates transfer of MIDI
data, audio files & audio stream downloading as well as .WAV/AIFF files.
In combination, the CompactFlash and USB port enables importing or exporting
of .WAV/AIFF files without requiring a separate Compact Flash reader/writer.
The SP-606 also offers a coaxial S/PDIF I/O.

The unit comes bundled with P606 software from Cakewalk, eliminating the need
for a static CD library. The PC-based P606 software functions as a phrase generator/virtual
groovebox, integrating with the SP-606 via the USB interface. Three kinds of
software synthesizers — analog modeling, groovesynth and ACIDized file player
— are offered, as well as a loop sequencer, eight effect plug-ins and onscreen
control over Mix. As a master controller, the SP-606 can seamlessly import,
edit and playback P606 tracks.

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