Gear Of The Year: Best sampler or sequencer of 2021

Attention beat makers, this is the instrument you’ll want to pick up this year.

Roland SP404 MK II

WINNER: Roland SP-404 MKII

Price: £425
Contact: Roland

Roland’s SP-404 MKII gave long-time users a whole lot more to love with all-new effects, a DJ mode and an OLED screen to offer deep access to all its powerful new features.

Real-time sample chopping in particular, is a game changer for the MKII, allowing you to make precise edits with a resizable waveform. This opens up the potential for even more dynamic, hands-on performances, whether you’re triggering drum pads or performing longer sounds.

Meanwhile, an onboard battery and better connectivity options make the MK II even more versatile than ever before. The sampling king’s influence looks poised to widen in the years to come.

Read our full review here.

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