Roland’s SP-404 MK2 sampler now has a TR-style step sequencer

Roland SP-404 MKII
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Roland has upgraded its SP-404 MK2 sampler to version 2.0, equipping it with a classic TR step sequencer in the process.

This is a new recording mode that sits alongside the much-loved realtime pattern recording; they can both be used, if desired, to create and edit the same pattern.

It’s also now possible to record pitch changes made in chromatic mode into patterns, and there are now three options for chromatic mode playback. Mono gives you standard mono playback; Legato means that changes in pitch during sample playback won’t retrigger the sample; and Poly enables samples to be played back polyphonically.

You can find out more about the SP-404 MKII update on the Roland website. It’s free for existing users.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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