Does anyone have any good recommendations for a simple, affordable (<$500) sampler? I’m looking for something that can both play one-shots and chop loops, sample audio from an external input, and I’m open to something used or new. All I need is something that sits on my desk, records audio coming out of my interface, and can be sequenced with MIDI.
I already have a hardware sequencer and don’t really need this thing to be a DAW-in-a-box, so Octratrack and any of the newer MPC’s are probably overkill, and the Volca Sample, Model:Samples, Electribe 2 Sampler all can’t sample audio so they’re out as well. An SP 404 MK2 would fit the bill, but they’re impossible to find.
I had a MPC1000 with JJOS, which I loved but sold to buy some other gear. I wouldn’t be opposed to picking one up again, but I don’t think I’ll ever use the MIDI sequencer or multi-sampling functionality that makes it so powerful.