Hey Brad and Crew. I love this Unit and consider it the perfect modern upgrade and successor to the Classic SP1200. If there was one change I could make on this unit it would be the Sliders, they move too freely and have little resistance like the SP1200 sliders or even my Mackie Onyx sliders. This causes volumes changes when recording and I’m banging on the pads unless I lock the volume. A little more resistance in the faders themselves would probably stop this and since I’m a heavy handed bastard lol it wouldn’t make me feel like I’m slapping a loose fader around.
A dedicated volume knob for the metronome would be nice too. And a LED under the bank button. From what I ve read here it will be extended to 8 banks so it will be difficult to remember the current bank. It is not displayed on every screen.
A merged Quantize/Swing button. I think it is overkill to have 2 seperate buttons for this. Being far from each other it tends to make the workflow slower imo.
The addition of a dedicated undo button and -/+ button.
Well looking at the machine while writing this, I realize there is no much space remaining so impossible to modify the layout I presume.
I believe one of the F keys can be set as an Undo button in which we really only need one level of undo. Merging the Quantize and Swing would have been nice before production but I usually set the Swing of my Patterns as a Global thing and use Quantize more with the Repeat button to create detailed Hi Hats and Drumrolls in Patterns and try not to use it much when making the beat itself like I do on my MPC so I wish there was a Quantize On/Off mode but again selecting 1/256 is similar as having No Quantize anyway. I bought this Machine as a modern replacement for the SP1200 so I really do not care for many more features to be added and more Pad banks is pointless with 8 voices to me so unless this is a software limitation and not a hardware one I don’t see it even useful. I would like to have 16 voices at least 32 would be optimal for those of us who love to layers drums and with that being said maybe even being able to layer multiple samples to one Pad like my MPC4000 if those 8 voices are a hardware limitation.
It seems that it’s already 16 voices and half are used for the looper mode but to be honest I don’t know how it works precisely. I haven t tried the looper mode yet. Just reading what’s being said here and on Facebook.
About pad banks I think it will be extended for MIDI tracks. That’s what we can see on Brad’s preview video.
About new features I don’t need much more as well. My position is it’s best to enhance and improve what’s here, what user do every time, the base features. Rather than trying to implement half broken and too ambitious functions.
Yeah I agree I have found that overkill on features not needed wind up creating confusion that drives people away from purchasing retro remakes like this. We bought this to be simple like the SP1200 with a little more horsepower and 2020 loads speeds lol
The choice to have loose faders really struck me as odd. I’ve been brainstorming ways to up the resistance. Maybe use several thin cut strips of painters tape up against the shafts hugging both sides? Only issue is you risk gunking the nice electronics up. Maybe a sheet of rubber with slits cutout for the fader shafts glued in place to the top panel? That way you don’t have to worry about messing anything up and in years when the rubber is worn down/stretched out you could just tear it off and replace it. This would also allow less dust in through the fader shaft panel cutouts.
My MV8800 faders have rubber sheets on inside covering the fader for that exact reason but of course the opening 3x the size of the S2400. I do see Fader replacement in the not too distant future for these units., these are like DJ Faders for Scratching and Transforming even my newer Akai MPK249 Keyboard has good resistance on the faders.
Here is a Test comparing them IMG_6557.MOV - Google Drive
I always recommend fader lock at start-up.
It helps preventing a lot of user errors. Especially in loop/slice or enveloppe mode. It is hard to remember what every fader or knob does in every mode. It is easy to make a mistake inconciously.
True. I just don’t get that tapping out a beat can Lower the volume on these, this never happened with my SP1200…Maybe for the next model release it can be called the S2400 Pro and come with Flying Faders with Automation and Bluetooth where we can connect an iPad with an ISLA app with XYFX and all kinds of shit LMAO jk
A wind up version with a large key for winding on the side. No need for a power supply.
Great Unit but like most First releases a few things may need to be changed on the next model. This holds true for any product in any industry. I love this S2400 and it fulfilled the void for a modern SP1200 successor but these Faders they used are looser than a desperate crack whore
After receiving my unit I have to say that all this work up about loose faders isn’t really true. At least not on mine. They definitely don’t have that great top notch weighted resistance feel like the knobs do, but they aren’t Rane mixer crab scratching loose either. I can’t imagine banging on the thing hard enough to move the faders.
the faders used to respond to heavy hands on pads but this was eased in FW recently so you will not see it
for me the faders are really great - 30 years as Dj using all sorts from fibreoptic that i can blow to some i nearly have to arm wrestle on old numark big club mixers
i love the way the HW feels throughout
I don’t dislike them at all. They provide sufficient resistance for fine tuning.
agreed, i wasn’t intimating you did, just replying to you as you mentioned the none lack of rando fader reaction - just giving you info