Final production on the Isla Instruments SP 2400 is still some way off as they are not estimating delivery until the end of the year. But they’ve decided to open up preorders for people who want to get their money down on this exciting evolution of “the greatest drum machine the world ever saw”.
The SP 2400 is a sampling drum machine inspired in looks and function by the Emu SP 1200. Isla Instruments consider it to be the best drum machine that’s ever been created and so it’s only natural to want to remake it, only better! They’ve gone for a dual audio engine where it mirrors the “lo-fi” 12bit/26.04kHz audio of the original and then offers a higher fidelity 24bit/48kHz mode if you want things a bit more pristine.
There are 8 individual mono channels although the SP 2400 can record and playback in stereo and outputs 7&8 can be linked to facilitate that. Each channel can be recorded to simultaneously and has it’s own high and low pass filters, transient detection and autoslicing. There’s a headphone output with independent monitoring and 4 inputs with a microphone preamp for recording. One nice feature is the ability to record and overdub live audio during playback like a stompbox looper.
Physically it’s good and chunky with an all-metal enclosure and “Pro AV” switches and knobs. In the latest images they’ve added a row of buttons under the knobs at the top and two buttons above every pad.
The preorder price is $949 and you can expect to see it around the New Year.
Check out the video below for the latest demo of the newest firmware and a good overall description of the functionality.
- Isla Instruments SP 2400 page.