psr wrote:Yeah I see those SP 12 turbos for $700 - $800
Im a bit not knowing on the huge differences besides sample time and onboard sounds.
that's about it really... it only has 5 seconds instead of 10... samples at slightly better 12bit quality than the sp1200 [sp12 samples at 27.500 kHz, whereas the sp1200 samples at 26.040 kHz]... and the ability to save through the cassette out as well... i think that's about it. the sp1200 can LOAD from cassette sound but not save like that.
keep an eye out and you can get a sp12 turbo for about $500 or so... just make sure it's got the turbo expansion... it'll say so on the screen on startup.
I read a post on the SP forums where you can use an EPROM burner to replace the stock sp12 sounds. Only thing is they need to remain the same exact length as the original kit sounds. But I think it would give you like 9.5 seconds of sample time, definitely the route I would go considering I would only buy the sp series for the sound engine. But still if I had 800$ It would probably be more tempting to buy the 60/900 combo. But chalk this up to the "to each his own category".
And of course unless the sounds you replace with are already sampled through the sp12, they wouldnt have that sp sound. And I think they need to be 8bit. But I like the idea of loading in a kit, using that kit for a few tracks and repeat... Others might not be as into that idea.