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Different versions of the SP-1200?
Old 1st January 2011
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Different versions of the SP-1200?

I understand the E-MU SP-1200 kept being reissued up until 97' but other than the black case in the last version did anything change with it?

Also what kind of mods and upgrades have developed for the instrument?
Old 1st January 2011
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There is 2-3 versions...

The only main difference between them are power supply changes, Display types and the last 100 or so had discrete filter circuits since the chips were not available.

Not much in the mod department... I'm not planning on modding my machine. I would do something (if it was available) that allowed me to bypass the floppy and save to a card or included the OS in boot like the SP-12T
Old 1st January 2011
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I have the last rev of the SP1200 - I was told it was the most desirable as far as the power section is concerned. Others would get VERY hot from what I understand. It's a great machine I couldn't live w/o!
Old 1st January 2011
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I have the black Revision with the better PSU, if you have a limited edition you should have plaque with it's number out of 100.

The heat comes from a huge voltage dropping resistor mounted to the back if the case on the original units.
Old 1st January 2011
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Really would love one of the machines, but they are so expensive now.
Old 15th January 2011
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Different versions of the SP-1200?

Ok...this is what I discovered.

The 2 final versions of the SP-1200 were numbered 7030 and 7031. Both had black cases.

The 7030 stayed with the SSM2044 filter chip. The same as the previous grey versions.

The 7031 used an op amp in place of the SSM2044.

I don't know if this makes a difference or not...but the chip fell out of production and EMU redesigned that section of the SP 1200 to use op amps instead.

I just bought an 7030 this week on eBay...excited to get one finally!
Old 15th January 2011
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I still feel after years that this is "the one that got away"...heh
Old 24th May 2011
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were the re-issues still 12 bit. did they have the same sound?
Old 24th May 2011
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were the re-issues still 12 bit. did they have the same sound?
essentially the same machine.. still 12 bit.. essentially same sound.
Old 24th May 2011
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essentially same sound.
And what a sound! I love it how such a big chunk of a machine does so little, yet does it so well.

After 4 years of having one it is still the centerpiece of most of my tracks. I just can't make good house beats without it.

Mine is the 1st reissue from early 90's.
Old 24th May 2011
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Originally Posted by sirdss View Post
Ok...this is what I discovered.

The 2 final versions of the SP-1200 were numbered 7030 and 7031. Both had black cases.

The 7030 stayed with the SSM2044 filter chip. The same as the previous grey versions.

The 7031 used an op amp in place of the SSM2044.

I don't know if this makes a difference or not...but the chip fell out of production and EMU redesigned that section of the SP 1200 to use op amps instead.

I just bought an 7030 this week on eBay...excited to get one finally!
Very interesting - didn't know that. I just checked the bottom of my SP...7030! I love mine!
Old 24th May 2011
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And what a sound! I love it how such a big chunk of a machine does so little, yet does it so well.

After 4 years of having one it is still the centerpiece of most of my tracks. I just can't make good house beats without it.

Mine is the 1st reissue from early 90's.
I got my SP12 Turbo a few months ago, and I'm same as you.. love it & it's dirty filth.
Easily one of my fav bits of kit.
Old 24th May 2011
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I got my SP12 Turbo a few months ago, and I'm same as you.. love it & it's dirty filth.
Easily one of my fav bits of kit.
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