The Original SP1200 Experience on your iPad
Create sampled beats the original 90's way using eSPi.
The SP-1200 was the primary tool of many legendary hip-hop beatmakers and house music producers in the 90's.
It is well known for its gritty sound and simple but effective workflow.
Now with eSPi you get to experience this machine right at your fingertips, on your iPad.
Import samples or record them yourself, chop them up, pitch them and sequence them within the app.
Features include multiple filters, effects, a compressor, and most importantly the best emulation of the gritty signature sound produced by the SP-1200 when pitching samples up & down.
eSPi is also available on Mac, Linux & PC.
*SP1200 & SP12 are registered trademarks or Rossum Electromusic LLC.
Ratings and Reviews
There’s potential, but still a work in progress.
It’s a cool app, it emulates the legendary SP1200 workflow and sound pretty well. Get it if you really want that classic boom-bap sound from early 90s. Think Pete Rock, Large Professor, DJ Premier, etc. But be aware of it’s limitations. Like other comments have mention, it can be kind of buggy. For reference, I’m on an iPad Pro 10.5. There is a bit of latency with tapping on pads. Not a ton, but it’s noticeable. There’s also some sound dropping out when I try to play a pad over a sequenced loop. For example, I have a snare and hat looping and when I play a kick, the kick mutes my recorded snare and hat while I perform. On playback it sounds fine however. It makes sequencing a beat frustrating. It’s pretty bare-bone in terms of modern features. No Audiobus or AUv3 support. Also, make sure to save your project before closing the app as there is no auto-save option. Lastly, the workflow of an SP-1200 is kind of clunky. But that’s not the fault of the app developer. There are quick tips that help, but I found myself looking up how to use the app. Just mentioning this for new users who are used to modern iOS samplers like Koala or Samplr. I would wait to purchase this app until the developer updates some of software and audio issues. Or wait until the price drops. $14 is pretty steep when comparing it to Koala that is about $9 with all its upgrades.
The basic functions might work OK for some but it’s just too wonky for me.
Revised - Should’ve payed attention to Reviews
I seen some videos of people using this app on IG so I though I’d buy it. I have the desktop version I thought I was going to give the benefit of the doubt on this one but I was burned. I’m running a 2nd gen 11” Pro iOS 15.1 and am not getting any sound at all. I’ve tried reaching out to the dev. but no luck on a response.I’ll gladly change the rating and give a follow up if there’s an update that resolves this massive issue.
Now that the app has been updated everything is running super smooth and sounds amazing! This app does stay true to the SP1200 and the iconic “ring” in the “Sweet Spot” on Tune.
Very well done 👌
I can’t wait to keep digging in this app, great work!
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- Louis Teboul
- 34.4 MB
- Requires iPadOS 14.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- © 2021 Low Hiss Systems, Inc.
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