cheapest possible sampler/sequencer that is NOT a volca?

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cheapest possible sampler/sequencer that is NOT a volca?

Post by bah humbuck » Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:46 pm

So I impulsively downloaded 12 GB worth of drum machine samples from Reverb for $7 and am now facing the fact that I need a new piece of hardware if I want to do anything with them. Everyone I know seems to use a Volca Sample but it sounds like you need an iPhone app to actually load the samples into the machine and I don't have an iPhone. Even if I did, getting 12 GB of wavs into my phone sounds like a nightmare. Ideally, I'd like something that takes an SD card or that can connect via USB to my Thinkpad. Beyond that, my only requirement is that I can switch between a few different patterns easily. I don't need any built in effects as I will be running the thing through pedals anyway. I don't care who made it or when as long as the interface is somewhat intuitive -- I have a working understanding of how to operate a sequencer thanks to my experimentation with acidmachine. Ideally my budget is $150 or less (I don't know how realistic that is). Any suggestions?

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Re: cheapest possible sampler/sequencer that is NOT a volca?

Post by mackerelmint » Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:47 pm

My suggestion is to get the Volca sampler and use it with free third party software you run on your computer.

https://www.korg.com/us/products/dj/vol ... tyapps.php
This is an excellent rectangle

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Re: cheapest possible sampler/sequencer that is NOT a volca?

Post by Harmoncj » Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:13 pm

good excuse for an mpc500

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Re: cheapest possible sampler/sequencer that is NOT a volca?

Post by gusgorman » Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:44 am

bah humbuck wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:46 pm
So I impulsively downloaded 12 GB worth of drum machine samples from Reverb for $7 and am now facing the fact that I need a new piece of hardware if I want to do anything with them. Everyone I know seems to use a Volca Sample but it sounds like you need an iPhone app to actually load the samples into the machine and I don't have an iPhone. Even if I did, getting 12 GB of wavs into my phone sounds like a nightmare. Ideally, I'd like something that takes an SD card or that can connect via USB to my Thinkpad. Beyond that, my only requirement is that I can switch between a few different patterns easily. I don't need any built in effects as I will be running the thing through pedals anyway. I don't care who made it or when as long as the interface is somewhat intuitive -- I have a working understanding of how to operate a sequencer thanks to my experimentation with acidmachine. Ideally my budget is $150 or less (I don't know how realistic that is). Any suggestions?
You could get any old MIDI drum machine and then sync it up to a software sampler on your laptop using a USB MIDI interface.

Something like an Alesis SR-16, an Alesis HR-16?, or a BOSS DR-660?

Thats just the first few examples that pop to mind but I'm sure there are other options. Basically any drum machine that sends out MIDI will give you what you want.

With regards to software samplers - I don't actually know of any because I'm a bit out of touch :) But I'm sure they must exist? I'm just guessing that someone at some point has made something that emulates an old AKAI sampler or something like that? Or if not you could probably build one using some sort of modular audio software.

edit: Actually the BOSS RD-660 sequencer wasn't as nice to use as alot of other drum machines around at the time so maybe tread carefully with that one unless you get to try it first. Some people did like it.

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