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Pitch Shift Function of the SP-808

Creating chords

The SP-808 makes it possible to create pitch shifted samples without touching the length of the sample. This is a cool way to create chords with a vocal.

I’ve created a video where I explain how to create these chords. For sure you will recognise the used vocal, which came from an old Zero-G sample CD.

Pitch Shift Function Note Range

In the Pitch shift parameters menu of the SP-808 you can choose numbers from -12 until +12. Down below you see the corresponding notes. Let me make clear that your sample is value number 0 and not C. This is just a guidance to create your own chords.

For a C Minor chord you pitch shift the samples to the following numbers: Original sample + Pitch Shifted 3 + Pitch Shifted 7

For a A Major chord you pitch shift the samples to the following numbers: Pitch shifted -3 + Pitch Shifted +1 + Pitch Shifted 4

And so on!

Pitch Shift Function Note Range
Pitch Shift Function Note Range


Here is the video where you can see it by yourself.


If you have any question, you’re invited to put them in the comments below.


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2 thoughts on “Pitch Shift Function of the SP-808

  1. hola , muy bueno todo el material que subís!
    te quiero hacer una consulta, me estan funcionando mal los potes (mid,high,low)
    alguna ves desarmaste, o sabes si es fácil acceder a ellos para limpiar o cambiar ? se cambian solo los parametros

    1. Hola Nico!
      Que tal?
      Gracias por enviarme tu pregunta.
      Jova…que lio con los potes, ¿no?
      A ver…yo abrí mi SP-808 para limpiarlo bien. Es bastante fácil. Tienes que tener tiempo para hacerlo, eso si.
      Son un par de placas para sacar antes de llegar a los potes.
      Cambiarlos me parece más complicado porque no tengo experiencia en soldar.
      Pero, espera…explícame…se cambian solo los parámetros, dices. Entonces funcionan pero no influyen el sonido? O te entendí mal?

      Mira, si vas a limpiarlos asegúrate que no toques este parte de electricidad. Logico, pero mejor darte este aviso en vez de decir nada 😉

      Vamos hablando!

      un abrazo desde Baiona!

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