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5 of the best samplers

Our pick of 2017's most exciting audio snatchers

  • Dave Turner
  • 31 October 2017
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3 Roland SP-404A

The new version of the SP-404 updates a classic with 29 effects and a pattern sequencer and, by connecting its output to Roland’s TR-8, you can use the TR-8 as a processor and all samples can be tweaked using the powerful TR-8 Scatter feature to achieve IDM-style effects.

£439, www.roland.com

4 Elektron Octatrack MKII

The recently updated Octatrack is an eight-track sampler and sequencer that can time-stretch and pitch-shift samples in real time. And with its array of ins and outs, it aims to be the heartbeat of your set-up. The OLED screen adds a fresh, modern touch, too.

£1,275, www.elektro.se

5 Pioneer Toraiz SP-16

The Prophet mastermind adds his signature analogue filter to Pioneer’s 16-channel sampler with step sequencer, touchscreen, highly playable sample pads and 30-second sampling capability. Laying out beats is fast and intuitive, and the build quality is predictably good.

£1299, www.pioneerdj.com

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