The SP-1200 was the drum machine & sampler combo of legendary status among old school rap and hip hop artists from the eighties and nineties. It has limited sampling specs: 22 kHz and 12-bit resolution. However the dirtiness of that sound is great for hip hop and house music. They say it sounds like “old vinyl”… Although this machine was originally released in 1988, E-mu has reissued them again and again due to popular demand. They continued producing them until they ran out of the SSM filter chips around 1998. The SP1200 has been used by Roni Size, Todd Terry, Freddy Fresh, Daft Punk, Phil Collins, and The Prodigy.