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Roland SP-404MKII Stones Throw Limited Edition sampler launch

Roland has announced a limited edition version of its highly acclaimed SP-404MKII sampler as it teams up with Stones Throw Records to release a unit with custom panel artwork designed by Jeff Jank, exclusive sample banks, and new music created by musicians at Stones Throw.

If looks are as important as sound, then this one may impress you with its high-shine aluminium faceplate and custom artwork. Audio-wise, it includes new sound banks crafted by Stones Throw Records’ roster, plus a collector’s package with a 7″ vinyl record and mixtape.

The SP-404MKII Stones Throw Limited Edition includes ten full banks of brand-new samples and patterns from Kiefer, Sudan Archives, Mndsgn, J.Rocc, and DJ Harrison. Each bank contains 16 patterns and 16 samples.

Those extras? The seven-inch vinyl record features two certified burners from Kiefer and Mndsgn—constructed using their custom SP sound banks—while the cassette mixtape by DJ icon J.Rocc has an exclusive 30-minute remix of music from the SP-404MKII x Stones Throw artists.

Key features fans of the SP-404MKII already know about include the vivid OLED display, 17 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, extensive onboard effects—including vinyl simulator, DJFX looper, lo-fi, cassette simulator, and resonator—and versatile power options such as USB-C, mobile battery, or AC adaptor.


Maximum Polyphony: 32 voices

Recordable Data:

Samples = 2,560 (16 samples x 10 banks x 16 projects, stored in internal storage) / Patterns = 2,560 (16 patterns x 10 banks x 16 projects, stored in internal storage)

Internal storage: Size: 16 GB *Including preload data

Maximum sampling time: 16 minutes (approximately 185 MB per sample)

Skip Back Sampling: Maximum 40 seconds (always records LINE OUT signal independently of sampling/resampling)

Internal Data Format: 16-bit linear

Import Format: WAV, AIFF, MP3 *SP-404MKII APP supports WAV, AIFF, MP3, FLAC, M4A.

Sampling frequency: 48kHz

Pattern Sequencer: Resolution: 480 ticks, quarter note / Pattern length: 1 to 64 bars (variable during recording) / Recording methods: real-time loop recording, TR-REC step sequencing

Effects: Multi-effects: 41 types / Input effects: 17 types

Pad: 16 pads + 1 sub pad (Velocity-sensitive pad)

Controller: Control knobs x 3

Display: Graphic OLED display

External Storage: SD card (sold separately) for backup, restore, import, and export functions (SDHC compatible)

Connection terminals: PHONES jacks: 1/4-inch phone type, Stereo miniature phone type / LINE OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type (impedance balanced) / LINE IN (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type / MIC/GUITAR IN jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type (for MIC), 1/4-inch phone type (for GUITAR) / MIDI (IN, OUT) jack: Stereo miniature phone type / USB terminal: USB Type-C (Audio, MIDI) / DC IN terminal

Power Supply: AC adaptor /  USB bus power supply (USB Type-C port, 1.5 A ormore) / Ni-MH batteries (AA, HR6)(sold separately) x 6 / Alkaline battery (AA, LR6)(sold separately) x 6

Current Draw: 1,100 mA (AC adaptor) / 1,500 mA (USB bus power)

Expected battery life under continuous use: Alkaline battery: Approx. 2.5 hours /  Ni-MH battery: Approx. 3.5 hours / *This can vary depending on the specifications of the batteries, capacity of the batteries, and the conditions of use.

Accessories:  Quick start /  “Read Me First” leaflet / Roland User Registration Card / AC adaptor / Warranty card

Options (sold separately): TRS/MIDI connecting cable: BMIDI-5-35, BMIDI-1-35, BMIDI-2-35, BCC-1-3535, BCC-2-3535 / Wireless MIDI Expression Pedal: BOSS EV-1-WL

External dimensions: 177.5 (W) x 275.8 (D) x 70.5 (H) mm7 (W) x 10-7/8 (D) x 2-13/16 (H) inches

Weight (excluding AC adaptor): 1.1 kg / 2 lb. 7 oz.

Pricing and exact availability or be confirmed.