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ISLA Instruments make seriously good electronic musical instruments

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ISLA Instruments recently joined the MIDI Association as voting corporate member

ISLA Instruments was founded by Brad Holland, a professional musician and studio technician in 2015.  He realized his love of music, technology and electronics were perfect for a new type of MIDI controller.  

ISLA's first product was the Kordbot,  a new type of MIDI controller that included a chord librarian, sophisticated arpeggiator and performance controller. It was designed with the help of Bill Behrendt, a music systems programmer since the days of the Commodore 64. 

The Kordbot

ISLA Instruments S2400 The sound of a legend. 

For us, the S2400 is a passion project – to recreate the sound of one of the world's most iconic sampling drum machines, and bring it up-to-date with modern features. The result is the very best of old school and new school technology coming together.

Brad has been obsessed with drum machines for many years – owning, repairing, restoring, modifying countless makes and models (see his HR-16 mods on youtube).

Staying true to form in both sonic characteristics and design aesthetic were the main drivers in the realization of this project, while bringing the hardware into the 21st Century and keeping the same 'instant gratification' and intuitiveness of its spiritual pre-predecessor at heart.

by ISLA Instruments

 S2400 Specifications

 Sampler / Audio

  • 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)
  • Simultaneous (Full Duplex) playback and record with 8 channel LiveLooping functionality.
  • On-screen waveform display (slice audio, set loop-points with ease)
  • 128 MB of built-in factory drum kits (from some of our featured beta team)
  • Independent Headphone output for monitoring (effectively 2 extra channels)
  • DSP based LP/HP Filtering per track (more FX planned for future)
Sequencer
  • Multiple sequence entry methods: Live recording, Step Sequence, Piano Roll GUI, TR x0x Style
  • 32 Audio Tracks (any 8 playable at a time)
  • 32 MIDI Tracks (for sequencing external equipment)
  • 96 PPQN Clock
  • Per track quantization and swing (including classic mode)
  • Patterns are up to 100 measures, any time signature
  • All parameters (level, pitch, envelope, filters) configurable per pattern step
  • Song mode
Hardware
  • Bright 128 × 64 pixel OLED display (viewable from any angle)
  • Ultra High quality Grayhill Optical Data Entry Encoder
  • 8 x 60mm Professional Dual Rail Faders
  • 8 x Dual 'concentric' Pro-Audio rotary pots
  • Broadcast Equipment grade A/V backlit pushbutton switches
  • Tactile silicone pads backlit with RGB LEDs
  • SD Card storage (up to 1TB currently tested)
  • Classic (OG) input and output analogue filtering circuitry.
I/O
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru (Standard 5-pin DIN)
  • 2 × 1/4" Stereo Mix Out jacks (psuedo balanced)
  • 8 × 1/4" Individual audio out jacks (psuedo balanced)
  • 4 × 1/4" External input jacks (with adjustable pre-amp modes)
  • 2 × Stereo RCA Line/Phono Inputs (with dual phono pre-amps)
  • Hi-speed USB 2.0 device port. (USB Audio/MIDI)
  • USB Host port (connect external USB peripherals, MIDI controllers etc).
  • 3.5mm Clock/trigger in and out jacks (to sync/trigger vintage equipment or modular synths)
  • Universal Voltage100-250V AC Mains powered.
Physical
  • Rock Solid 16Ga Cold Rolled Steel enclosure with 6mm Anodised aluminium sidewalls.
  • Aluminum knobs
  • Dimensions: (Including knobs, jacks, feet)
    Imperial: W18" x D12" x H5" (back) 3" (front)
    Metric: W460mm x D310mm x H130mm (back) 80mm (front)
  • Weight: approximately 13lbs / 6Kgs (metric)


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