Roland Corp. ( has released the SP-404SX
Portable Sampler, which has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price
of US$465. This update to the SP-404 purportedly offers
44.1kHz/16-Bit sound quality, improved DSP effects, a more versatile
pattern sequencer, and easier data management.

The SP-404SX includes 29 DSP effects, including filter, delay, unique
voice effects, subsonic, and looper. There are 12 trigger pads, three
control knobs, and a Sub Pad for rapid triggering.

The built-in microphone and optional battery operation enable
recording with the SP-404SX anywhere. You can also import samples and
utilize the effects onboard for sound design or unique live
performance purposes. The pattern sequencer now includes an improved
quantize mode with a new shuffle feel.