The 1010 Music Blackbox standalone sampler workstation is shipping now

The 1010 Music has announced its Blackbox sampler/groovebox/workstation is now shipping.

To coincide with the news, 1010 Music has released two new videos showcasing the instrument; featuring a performance and a behind-the-scenes demo.

Originally announced at Synthplex back in April, the sampler enables you to record, save/load, apply effects and edit one-shot samples and beat-sliced loops, all with the aid of the touchscreen interface.

Sequences can be created with samples by tapping the pads, playing a virtual keyboard, using external MIDI controllers, or by drawing-in notes using the piano roll editor. 

Once created, those sequences can be used in song sections, whilst building entire compositions and you’re also afforded the option to add stereo effects.

The unit is housed in a rugged metal enclosure, so should handle being thrown in a bag for live shows and it also comes bundled with plenty of sample pack content, courtesy of SoundTrack Loops and Loopmasters.

Blackbox is available now for $599 with orders being taken on the 1010 Music website.

Blackbox specs

  • Streams long samples from the microSD card with a max sample size of 4GB, which can be many hours
  • One stereo audio input and three stereo audio outputs, plus stereo headphones output
  • Four note polyphony for samples, two note for clips and slicers
  • 16 samples, 16 sequences and 16 song sections per preset
  • Supports one and two channel WAV files with 16, 24 or 32-bit resolution at any sample rate (48kHz preferred)
  • 24-bit ADC and DAC
  • USB MIDI Device In and TRS MIDI In can trigger samples, notes and sequences
  • TRS Clock In and Out, and TRS MIDI Out for synchronizing with additional instruments
  • USB powered – can run off a USB power block or wall outlet
  • Dimensions: 5.5″ x 5″ x 1.25″ (14 cm x 13 cm x 3 cm)
Simon Arblaster
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I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.