Roland has announced the availability of a Version 3 update for its SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector.

Since its release in 2021, the next-generation SP-404MKII has been the instrument of choice for performance-based beatmakers and creative musicians everywhere. Version 3 offers improved performance and a host of new workflow features developed with feedback from the wide-ranging SP artist community. The free update also includes many pattern sequencer and DJ Mode enhancements that make the SP-404MKII an even more powerful tool for live performers and dance music producers.

SP-404MKII Version 3 features

  • Perform with multitrack files from DAW sessions and other projects: The SP-404MKII sequencer offers improved stability for playing multiple long audio files in perfect sync, enabling users to perform with tracks created in music production software.
  • Expanded motion recording: Motion recording is now available for effects parameters.
  • Pad mute and pad mute automation: Easily mute/unmute patterns during performances and capture mute actions in sequences.
  • Optimized MIDI Sync: Improved clock timing and adjustable delay on the MIDI clock output for tight sync with external instruments.
  • One-shot playback: Allows users to perform with long, evolving samples while jamming with short loops underneath.
  • Convert patterns to samples: Convert any pattern into a sample with the press of a button, transforming complex programming into manageable loops for quick song building.
  • Expanded DJ Mode: Many new DJ Mode enhancements include the ability to manipulate eight cue points per sample, adjust fader curves, sync external MIDI instruments, assign time stretch, and more.
  • Additional features: Version 3 also includes many other workflow enhancements, including quantize after recording, finer tempo setting range, default MFX setups, and more.
  • SP-404MKII App: The latest version of the companion editor/librarian for the SP-404MKII features greatly increased import/export speed and AU3/VST3 plug-in support for using the app within music production software on Mac and Windows computers.

The Roland SP-404MKII is available now for $599.99 USD. The Version 3 update is free.

More information: Roland