E-MU Systems SP-1200 Drum Machine & Sampler

Today, we don't bat an eye at the fact you can have a drum machine and sampler in one unit, but once upon a time, that idea was a revolution. The revolution had a name, actually: the E-MU Systems SP-1200. The 26.04 kHz sampling rate and 12-bit resolution seem paltry by today's standards, but they give the SP-1200 its signature grit and "old vinyl" feel, the signature of this unit that elevated it to legendary status in '80s and '90s rap. Used by everyone from Dr. Dre and J Dilla to Diplo and Daft Punk, the SP-1200 is arguably the reason why the Akai MPC and other production centers came into being.

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