RX1200 12-bit Sampler Instrument

The sound of a true legend

Meet the RX1200, our 12-bit sampler instrument based on the E-mu SP-1200, a landmark sampler designed by Dave Rossum and released by E-mu Systems in 1987.

With its gritty digital sound for sequencing fat beats, the ability to build musical phrases with 32 sample slots, and its warm filters for efficiently capturing bass lines from vinyl, the SP-1200 is a monument to beatmaking that gave music producers huge new possibilities.

We are honored to show you our take on a groundbreaking machine that no less helped the emergence of new styles of modern music, bringing the classic approach to beatmaking into your DAW.

The RX1200 is a beatmaker's sandbox tool. It's a one-of-a-kind sampler ready to inspire your productions with experimentation, happy accidents, and that lovely distinctive lofi sound.

VST, AU, AAX plug-in (Win, Mac, Linux)

Price: $29
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Our RX1200 has been nominated in the Plugin Boutique Awards 2023 for the best Sampler / Drum Machine category!

Nailing that sound

At the heart of the RX1200 is our commitment to faithfully reproducing the signature sound of the SP-1200. Besides the obvious 12-bit resolution, the 26.041 kHz sample rate, and the SSM2044 low-pass filter emulation, the RX1200 perfectly matches the aliased down-pitch tuning that delivers the SP-1200. With its distinctive grit, crunch, and warmth, the RX1200 puts the inimitable 12-bit sound into your music.

Next Episode

Havin Illusions

Killa Bees

Father Break

It's a Trap

Deep Step

The 1200 Sound

Indian Tronik

Plenty of Perks


Alive and Kickin

Crime Mystery

The 1200 sound

We made no compromise with the sound to deliver the digital tone, the filter and the gain that made the SP-1200 a timeless classic.

A unique workflow

Based on gigantic faders for adjusting tune, volume, and decay, the RX1200 puts you into a focused mindset for making beats.

Profusion of samples

With 32 slots across 4 banks of 8 pads, you're good to build complex structures and arrangements on a single RX1200 instrument.

A streamlined interface

Rather than making a 1:1 copy of the SP-1200, we’ve designed the RX1200 as a more straightforward instrument with an easy learning curve.

By removing the onboard sequencer, we’ve built our vision of an audio plug-in that integrates flawlessly with any DAW and puts sample performance at the forefront of your creative process.

A flexible sample editor

It would be a shame not to take advantage of your computer mouse. The sample editor makes it easy to browse, truncate, normalize, reverse, loop and assign your sounds across the 4 banks of 8 pads. It's an efficient and intuitive way to craft your own presets for building your grooves.

Ready to play

Packed with a Factory Collection of 900+ samples built into 50 presets, the RX1200 is ready to perform out of the box.

The Factory Collection contains 122 kicks, 139 snares, 169 hi-hats, 47 toms, 32 cymbals, 120 percs, 50 FX, 32 bass, 41 keys, 151 slices, and 33 others.

In the next few months, a series of new free collections, sorted by theme, will be added regularly to expand your RX1200 experience.

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The unique 1200 lofi sound

To save sampling memory, SP-1200 owners often sampled 33 RPM records at 45 RPM, and then tuned down the sample on the SP-1200 to restore the original speed. This technique doubled the sampling time but lowered the sound quality. Surprisingly, this altered sound became popular among hip hop producers and many best-selling records of the 90s used the SP-1200.

The RX1200's Speed feature changes your samples' playing speed to enjoy the distinguished sound obtained by lowering the tune fader.

True to the original features

  • 12-bit / 26.041 kHz sound processing
  • 32 sample slots
  • Tune/decay/mix settings
  • 8 assignable outputs
  • Switchable 4-pole resonant SSM2044 low-pass filter
  • Input amp stage modeling

Extended features

  • Unrestricted sample length
  • Output channel setting for note groups and polyphony
  • Stereo and mono sample playback
  • Panning knobs in Mix mode
  • Non-destructive visual sample editor
  • Chromatic play mode

The legend's origin story

The very first digital samplers like the NEDco Synclavier II and the Fairlight CMI, invented in the late 70s, opened the gate to a new world of sound manipulation. But unfortunately, these machines were so expensive that they could only be sold to big professional studios and were reserved to the biggest artists.

In that context, a company named E-mu released the Emulator, a promising challenger with a lower price point. Then, with the impulse of the most innovative engineers of Silicon Valley gathered by lead engineer Dave Rossum and lead designer Scott Wedge, E-mu produced the Drumulator (drum machine), the Emulator II, then in 1985, a new sampler/drum machine priced below the $3000 bar, called the SP-12.

Standing for Sampling Percussion at 12 bits, the SP-12 had 48kb of memory and could record up to 1.2 seconds of audio. In addition, a 192kb expansion module called Turbo was sold and expanded the sampling time to 5 seconds. In 1987, E-mu improved the concept and released the SP-1200, with new additional features and twice the memory.

Dave Rossum
Dave Rossum working on the Drumulator

E-mu, SP-1200, NEDco, and Fairlight brand names are trademarks of their respective owners. This product is in no way affiliated with these companies.


64-bit VST2, VST3, 64-bit AAX plug-in for Windows (8 and higher)
64-bit VST2, VST3, AU, AAX plug-in for macOS (Intel & Apple Silicon M1/M2, 10.11 and higher)
64-bit VST2, VST3 for Linux
Rack Extension for Reason (10.1 and higher for Windows and macOS)

Disk space required: approx. 300 Mb.

VST, AU, AAX plug-in (Win, Mac, Linux)

Price: $29
Instant download via SendOwl

Buy now
Rack Extension (Windows, macOS)

Price: $29 / €32 / £28
Instant download via the Reason Studios Shop

Buy now

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RX1200 12-bit Sampler Instrument + RX950 Classic AD/DA Converter

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RX1200 versions history

1.0.2Current version

  • Added: New option in settings to enable/disable keyboard shortcuts globally (they could interfere with some DAWs that do not handle keypresses correctly)
  • Fixed: Preset name now shows as "Empty" in initialised state
  • Fixed: Audio could jitter with large buffer setting
  • Fixed: Sample editor could appear shrunken in some cases


  • First public release.