E-mu SP 1200, The Lo-Fi Dream Machine

In his latest video, Alex Ball takes a look at the classic E-mu Systems SP 1200, a 80’s sampling drum machine that has such a distinctive sound that it’s still in demand, in spite of its many limitations, including 10 seconds of sampling time.

Ball discusses some of the history of the SP 1200, an overview of the features, and also explores how the machine’s limitations forced creative work-arounds.

Check out the video and then share your thoughts on the SP 1200 in the comments!