Now You Can Use This Iconic Sampler For Pennies On The Dollar
Here’s how you can use the same sampling gear that producers like Pete Rock, DJ Premier and J Dilla used – for 1% the cost.
Before you continue, check out Sampling Essentials for a complete guide to sampling. It shows you the fundamental skills you’ll need to flip any sample in less time.
Pete Rock, DJ Premier, and J Dilla: What do all these producers have in common?
They’ve all used the same sampler to create iconic beats.
And now you can use the same gear for a fraction of the price thanks to modern audio technology.
The SP-1200 makes funky beats
In 1989, a young Ice Cube cooks music in the studio while wearing the iconic N.W.A cap.
He turns to the camera. “Y’all wanna know how we make the music?” he asks.
The room fills with anticipation. His DJ stands in the corner, waiting for the cue.
Ice Cube answers:
“We sample!” he says, punching the playback button on the SP-1200 sampler.
Suddenly, a funky beat starts playing, and Cube does one of those shoulder dances last seen in the ’80s.
“You hear that?” he asks. “That’s how you make funky rap records!”
Now you can use the SP-1200 in your DAW
Until recently, the only way to get the SP-1200 was to invest thousands of dollars in the hardware.
But now, Inphonik released the RX1200, a 12-bit sampler instrument modelled after the original SP-1200 from 1987.
For context, the SP-1200 is a legendary sampler machine. It helped create some of the greatest hip-hop beats ever made.
If you’re looking for new sampling gear, try the SP-1200.
What others have to say…
It seemed to work for this guy:
“Everything that you ever heard from me back in the day was the SP-1200. That machine made ‘Reminisce’ [‘They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)’], ‘Straighten It Out,’ ‘Shut ‘Em Down,’ ’Jump Around.’”— Pete Rock (via Village Voice)
It even worked for this guy:
“I worked with Jay-Z and did all of Reasonable Doubt on the SP-1200. For ‘Dead Presidents,’ everything was made on the SP, man: the whole sequence, the drum sounds, the Nas sample. The only thing that wasn’t done on the SP was the sample, [but] I ran it through it to give it that sound.”— Ski Beatz (via Village Voice)
And if that’s not enough, it also worked pretty well for this guy:
“That’s how we got a lot of beats, like on ‘Machine Gun Funk’ by Biggie and ‘Everything Remains Raw’ by Busta Rhymes. Anyone can loop but I created techniques on [the SP-1200] that nobody had ever used or was even thinking about.”— Easy Mo Bee (via MusicTech)
How to get it for yourself
The original SP-1200 was discontinued in 1998, but there’s still hope. Its founder, Dave Rossum, reissued the SP-1200 in 2021, which you can get here.
Alternatively, for 1% of its price, you can pick up the new RX1200 plugin here.
Gear alone will only get you so far.
You still need the right strategy to help you get consistent results.
Avoid This Common Mistake…
The last thing to remember is this:
You can learn all the skills, tactics, and tools in the world…
But nothing will save your beats if you choose the wrong samples.
Too many producers struggle because their sample collection is limited. This causes them to force sounds and tactics that don’t work.
Check out Sample Quest for strategies you can use to uncover unique samples online.
These tactics are perfect for producers of all experience levels.
Don’t miss your chance to overcome this common mistake.