The S2400 is the machine we’ve all talked about at some point or another. The new Sp1200 with all the bells and whistles is what we wished for in debate after debate. Surely, Dave Rossom (Head of Emu & Inventor of the Sp1200) would eventually dive back into the SP1200, update it and release it to much fan fair and delight.
But that’s not how it went down. Brave Brad Holland of Isla Instruments dreamt bigger and he executed his dream of bringing a proper SP1200 predecessor to market. It’s not exactly a new Sp1200. It’s a new thing inspired by the SP1200. It’s a thing of its own that is clearly inspired by the Sp1200. It’s the S2400 and it complete with the blessing of Dave Rossum himself.
The new S2400 is so popular yet so exclusive. but it all depends on where you land in this wonderful world of niche electronic music technology. For myself, and many others, we’ve dreamt of a day that the sp1200 would appear again. Well, it didn’t come. But what has arrived is better in my opinion. The s2400 by Isla Instruments is a monster of a machine and here is what I really think about it.
Also, as a point of adding a set of fresh performance effects, in this video, I paired the S2400 with the Modbap Modular Per4mer. Modbap Modular’s Per4mer is making waves for its performance effects and easy DJ style interface. Isla Instruments’ S2400 is one of the most exciting new boutique drum machines in recent memory. Let’s see how easy it is to rock them together for big vibes and fun.
So, in short, to say the S2400 is built well is an understatement. It lives in a totally metal chassis with high-end concentric knobs and self-illuminating pads. The ergonomics are wonderful considering how the knobs and buttons are arranged and spaced out. The navigation is simple and intuitive as is the button and knob per function design.
Perhaps, the most impressive thing is that this one machine allows you to go vintage or modern in terms of sound. Either way, the sound is simply astounding. It actually has a “sound”. You have options for classic/retro vibes in terms of both sample engine and sampling inputs. You can use the classic sampling engine for that SP1200 12bit aliasing flavor.
- 16-Bit 48Khz ‘Hi-Fi’ Sampling/Playback Engine
- 12-Bit 26Khz ‘Classic’ Sampling/Playback Engine
- Engine type assignable to each of the 32 sample slots
- Sample up to 21.5 minutes per slot (Classic / Mono),
5.5 minutes (Hi-Fi / Stereo)
So yeah… its just dope. what moe is there to say? not much for now. As I get to know the machine, I’ll share. Peace for now!
More info here. https://www.islainstruments.com/products/s2400/