Pete Rock, DJ Premier, and J Dilla – what do these producers have in common?
Besides the fact that they’re legends, they’ve all used the same sampler to create iconic beats.
And now you can make beats with the same gear for just a fraction of the cost.
How to use the SP-1200 with your DAW
For context, the SP-1200 is a legendary sampler machine. It helped create some of the greatest hip-hop beats ever made.
Until recently, the only way to get the SP-1200 was to invest thousands of dollars in the hardware. But recently, Inphonik released the RX1200, a 12-bit sampler instrument modelled after the original SP-1200 from 1987.
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
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
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
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 hardware in 2021.
Alternatively, for 1% of the price, you can pick up the new RX1200 plugin here:
Try using this iconic sampler to recreate the magic from some of hip-hop’s greatest beats.
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 they try to make beats with limited inspiration. This causes them to force sounds that don’t belong.
That’s why it’s crucial to dig for the right samples.
This training shows you a simple test you can use to uncover the perfect samples in 30 seconds or less.
It’s perfect for sample-based producers of all experience levels.
Don’t miss your chance to overcome this common mistake.