Roland SP-555

Creative Sampler with Loop Capture, Performance FX, D Beam, V-LINK & Cakewalk SONAR LE Software

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Roland's Newest Beast in Their Powerful SP-Series of Samplers

The SP-555 is truly groundbreaking with innovations such as Super Filter and Loop Capture. The sampler is exceptionally powerful, fast and most importantly, it's fun! The SP-555 is the paramount toolkit for sampler musicians, producers, DJs and those looking to kick their performances up a few notches.

Instant Loop Capture
This innovation to the SP-Series allows you to instantaneously record a piece of incoming audio or a loop of your performance and then play it back in perfect time with any other tracks you'd like. The loops can be recorded through the effects in real time and then set to a specific pad for later use. You can also produce sound-on-sound layering with the loops!

Extraordinary Performance FX
From satin gloss to utter audio obliteration, the SP-555 offers a whopping 37 different types of impressive DSP (Digital Signal Processing) effects to make your sound truly unique. Certain effects are available at the push of a button such as Delay, Isolator, Voice Transformer, Super Filter and DJFX Looper. The Effect Memory provides instantaneous recall of any of your favorite settings through the pads with zero glitches during switching of effects.

Make Magic With D Beam & V-LINK
Take your audience to the edge of their seats and right up out of them with the SP-555’s D BEAM and V-LINK features. Simply wave your hand over the infrared D BEAM controller section to adjust the SP-555’s filter(s), to play synth solos, or simply to trigger samples. Hook up some V-LINK compatible video equipment and you'll be able to sync visuals to your music - bringing a whole new dimension to your performances.

Multi-faceted Sampling
The SP-555 enables you to sample sounds in a flash onstage through the SP-555’s Line or Mic Inputs, or through USB (USB cable sold separately), which is ideal for performers or DJs who need to capture sounds and seamlessly toss them into the mix as they go. The SP-555 can support CompactFlash memory cards up to 2GB, allowing for 12+ hours of recording with zero latency playback!

Go Further
The SP-555 can certainly be used by itself, but you can go even further with the included critically-acclaimed DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Sonar LE by Cakewalk. The unit can be used solely as an audio interface for the included Sonar LE software, or virtually any other DAW or DJ software on your computer! Also, with the packaged Wave Converter software, you can import WAV and AIFF files and assign them to a CompactFlash memory card for use in the SP-555 (CF card reader required).

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Product Features:

  • Creative sampler w/ Loop Capture & Performance FX
  • Sampling is a snap with the innovative Loop Capture feature (Max recording time is approximately 15 sec.)
  • Multi-faceted sampling through USB audio streaming*, Line input, phantom-powered Mic input and WAV/AIFF import
  • Includes onboard microphone
  • 37 extraordinary performance effects including Super Filter and DJFX Looper
  • Audio interface capability with virtually any DAW or DJ audio application (Cakewalk SONAR LE included)
  • Extensive sample memory via CompactFlash memory cards (up to 2GB)
  • Included Wave Converter software (Mac and PC) for importing and exporting WAV/AIFF files
  • Infrared D BEAM controller and V-LINK capability for profoundly memorable performances
  • Also found as: SP555
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Parts, 90-days Labor Manufacturer's warranty

What's In The Box?

  2. (1) AC Adapter
  3. (1) Owner's Manual (see Product Summary below for PDF)
  4. (1) Quick Start Guide

Optional Accessories:

SP-555 Specifications:

  • 16 velocity-sensitive pads
  • 3 control knobs in addition to D Beam controller
  • 24-bit AD/DA conversion
  • 12 voice maximum polyphony
  • 44.1 kHz sampling frequency
  • Maximum Loop Capture recording time: approximately 15 seconds
  • STANDARD & LO-FI sampling modes available
  • Memory Cards: CompactFlash Type 1, 32 MB to 2 GB compatible
  • Samples:
    • Internal Memory: 32 (16 samples x 2 banks)
    • Memory Card: 128 (16 samples x 8 banks)
  • Maximum Sampling Time (mono, approx.):
    • Internal Memory:
      • STANDARD Mode: 11 min.
      • LO-FI Mode: 22 min.
    • Memory Card:
      • 128 MB:
        • STANDARD Mode: 48 min.
        • LO-FI Mode: 96 min.
      • 256 MB:
        • STANDARD Mode: 96 min.
        • LO-FI Mode: 193 min.
      • 512 MB:
        • STANDARD Mode: 193 min.
        • LO-FI Mode: 386 min.
      • 1 GB:
        • STANDARD Mode: 386 min.
        • LO-FI Mode: 772 min.
      • 2 GB:
        • STANDARD Mode: 772 min.
        • LO-FI Mode: 1544 min.
  • Patterns:
    • Internal Memory: 32 (16 samples x 2 banks)
    • Memory Card: 128 (16 samples x 8 banks)
  • Pattern Sequencer:
    • Maximum Recordable Notes:
      • Internal Memory: Approximately 8,000 notes
      • Memory Card: Approximately 8,000 notes
    • Resolution: 96 ticks per quarter note
    • Pattern Length: 1--99 measures
    • Recording Method: Realtime Loop Recording (with quantize function)
  • Jacks/Connectors:
    • LINE INPUT Jacks (L, R) (RCA phono type)
    • LINE OUTPUT Jacks (L, R) (RCA phono type)
    • Headphones (PHONES) Jack (Stereo 1/4" (6.5mm) phone type)
    • MIC Jack (1/4" (6.5mm) phone type / XLR type, Hi-Z, phantom power)
    • Pedal Jack (1/4" (6.5mm) phone type)
    • MIDI Connector (IN, OUT)
    • USB Connector (supports USB MIDI and USB Audio)
    • AC Adapter Jack
    • Memory Card Slot (CompactFlash)
  • Current Draw: 800 mA
  • Size & Weight:
    • Weight: 4 lbs. (1.8kg)
    • Width: 11-1/16" (280mm)
    • Depth: 10-7/16" (264mm)
    • Height: 2-15/16" (74mm)
* USB Type B cable sold separately

SONAR LE Specifications:

  • Powered by SONAR 8.5
  • 32 audio tracks
  • 64 MIDI tracks
  • 8 simultaneous inputs and outputs
  • 24-bit/96 kHz audio quality
  • 24 simultaneous effects
  • 8 simultaneous virtual instruments
  • Includes over ten audio effects
  • Includes two virtual instruments
  • Integrated VST/VSTi support
  • Support for ACID™ format loops
  • Support for ReWire clients such as Live or Reason
  • Active Controller Technology™ automatically maps MIDI keyboards and control surfaces to the parameters you need most on effects, instruments, volume, pan, and other mix elements
  • Edit MIDI directly from the Track View with the Inline Piano Roll View
  • Support for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows Vista, and 32-bit Windows XP operating systems

Minimum System Requirements for SONAR LE:

  • Operating System: * Windows XP (32-bit)
  • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768, 16-bit color
  • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB
  • Hard Disk Type: Any
  • MIDI Interface: ** Windows-compatible
  • Audio Interface: *** Windows-compatible
  • Media Drive: **** DVD-ROM drive
  • Webserver Access: ***** None

Recommended System Requirements for SONAR LE:

  • Operating System: * Windows 7/Vista/XP (32 and 64-bit)
  • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz [EM64T] or AMD Athlon XP 2800+ or better
  • Memory: 1 GB or more
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 960, 24-bit color or higher
  • Hard Disk Space: 1 GB
  • Hard Disk Type: EIDE/Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SATA
  • MIDI Interface: ** Windows-compatible
  • Audio Interface: *** Windows-compatible
  • Media Drive: **** DVD-ROM drive
  • Webserver Access: ***** Available web server space with FTP access privileges
* SONAR LE does not support Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, or 2000.

** Required to connect external MIDI devices.

*** Required for audio playback. See for a complete list of recommended audio devices.

**** SONAR LE is presented on DVD media. DVD-ROM Drive required for installation.

***** Cakewalk Publisher requires you to have available web server space with FTP access privileges. An internet connection is required for music uploading. A broadband connection is recommended.

Click here for free, comprehensive 178-page PDF guide to SONAR LE recording software!


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Labor Warranty Duration
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Roland SP-555

Creative Sampler with Loop Capture, Performance FX, D Beam, V-LINK & Cakewalk SONAR LE Software


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