SP-808: Varying the Pitch Using the D Beam

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The SP-808 can lower the playback pitch of a sample using the D-Beam sensor. This feature can add unique real-time pitch changes to a performance or recording. Use the following procedure to use the D-Beam to vary the pitch:

1. Press PITCH under the D-Beam so it is lit.

2. Press a numbered PAD to play a sample and move your other hand slowly over the D-Beam.

Note: As you move your hand closer to the sensor the pitch drops. This gives an effect resembling that of playback speed being slowed down. Pull your hand away from the sensor and the original playback speed is restored.

3. Press PITCH so it is not lit to turn off the function.

NOTE: You cannot raise the pitch with the D Beam Controller.