SP-404SX: Protecting Banks

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On the SP-404SX, you can protect the SD card so that the samples and patterns can not be overwritten or deleted accidentally.

NOTE: On the SD card included with the SP-404SX, sample banks [A]–[F] and pattern banks [A]–[E] contain preloaded data and are protected. If you cancel protection for these banks, it is possible that the data may be overwritten or deleted. You will need the SP-404SX Utility CD-ROM to restore the factory data if this happens.

To protect all samples and patterns:

  1. While holding down the REMAIN button, turn on the power. The display will indicate “P .o n ,” and the samples and patterns of banks A–J will be protected.

NOTE: If you use an SD card with the same SP-404SX, the card banks will also be protected, but the card will not be protected when used with your computer.

NOTE: This setting is retained even while the power is turned off.

Cancelling protection for all data:

  1. While holding down the CANCEL button, turn on the power. The display will indicate “P .o F ,” and protection will be cancelled for the samples and patterns of banks A–J.

NOTE: Protection will be cancelled for the factory-set samples and patterns.

NOTE: This setting is retained even while the power is turned off.

Protecting an individual bank:

  1. Press the PATTERN SELECT button to select the type of data (samples or patterns) that you want to protect. To protect sample banks, the PATTERN SELECT button needs to be extinguished (unlit), to protect pattern banks, the PATTERN SELECT button needs to be lit.
  2. Press the BANK button to select the bank that you want to protect.
  3. Hold down the FUNC button and press the REMAIN button. The display will indicate “P .o n ,” and the REC button will blink.
  4. Press the REC button. The selected bank will be protected. You can also press CANCEL if you wish to cancel this procedure.

Cancelling protection for an individual bank:

  1. Press the PATTERN SELECT button to select the type of data (samples or patterns) for which you want to cancel protection. To cancel protection for a sample bank, the PATTERN SELECT button needs to be extinguished (unlit). To cancel protection for a pattern bank, the PATTERN SELECT button needs to be lit.
  2. Press the BANK button to select the bank for which you want to cancel protection.
  3. Hold down the FUNC button and press the CANCEL button. The display will indicate “P .o F ,” and the REC button will blink.
  4. Press the REC button. Protection will be cancelled for the selected bank. You can also press CANCEL if you wish to cancel this procedure.