I have the Sample Pad pro after having had the smaller sample pad they make.
QUESTIONS: Why do they want you to have samples? Drum sounds? Movie dialogue? Percussion loops to groove on?
I found mine on ebay...$200 (think i saw a few on the used GC website). I'm not 100% sure but I think it'll support 20 kits...maybe more...
*its easy to create a loop (use audacity and your pc to edit samples if necessary).
*200 on board sounds (some are useful) and Alesis has more on their website for free (including a lot of grooves).
*It has external inputs...so i have some E cymbals (pintechs used are cheap) and a trigger on the kick drum.
*8 pads on the unit.
*polyphonic (you can play more than a bad at a time)
*play many loops at 1 time.
Downside...can take a while to load a kit. Having short samples helps them load faster...having a kit that's not made of all samples should help too...that said I have one kit with 1 short sample and its taking a long time...duplicated it on a lower kit # and it loads faster...having a real WTF moment understanding that.
OT-I'm 52...my band leader is 24..some of the samples I want to use are not what he wants to hear. Some of that has to do with our 'brand' and style...some of that is just being from different ages.