This video, via Analog Audio, takes a look at the E-MU SP-12 Turbo – a vintage drum machine from 1985:
The SP-12 (sampling percussion with 12 bit sampling) is a great American drum machine. It is like a deluxe version of the Drumulator – but with 12 bit instead 8 bit sampling and with sampling functions.
In 1985 this was fantastic – the most other drum machines needed new sound chips for new samples. On the SP-12 you could record your own!
The SP-12 is very flexible – for every beat and every sound in a pattern you can set volume and pitch to your needs, similar to the Sequential Circuits Drumtraks.
It is a studio machine with single outputs for drum sounds, MIDI, Clock IN/OUT and more…
The sounds are original factory drumsets. No additional effects were used.
If you’ve used the E-Mu SP-12 Turbo drum machine, let us know what you think of it!