Roland SH-201

Roland SH-201

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SH-201, Analog Modeling Synth from Roland.

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Roland SH-201 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Roland
  • Model: SH-201
  • Category: Analog Modeling Synths
  • Added in our database on: 01/21/2006

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Roland SH-201 user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 9 reviews )
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 3 reviews33 %

BadApple's review"Great Synth"

Roland SH-201
This roland SH-201 is a 49 key synthesiser with 2 oscilaters.
It has 8 waveforms to choose from on each oscilator (osc)
It has everything that an analogue synth would need in my opinion. The D beam is a really cool feature and you can set different filters to that also.
You can make any sound you want really with this synth, from dirty bass wobbles all the way to trance leads and fx sweeps. I use mine as a controller also and it is very useful as I can set filters on a vst to the knobs on the synth and have a lot more flexibility.
Connections are midi, jack and usb. There is also a slot for pedals if you want to use one of those with it.


With synths like this, editing sounds is as easy as a walk in the park. Each knob effects the sounds and you can have a great time trying to make new sounds from the presets that are given.
The manual is more than clear, it tells you everything you need to know about synths and how to make new sounds. I mean... if you did not know anything about synths you would do once you have read this manual.
Set up is more than easy, just plug it in hook it up to some speakers and your ready to go.


With most synths the sound is not realistic, you can never create a perfect violin etc with one but they are very nice sounds non the less.
Id say that the velocity touch is ok, not the best but pretty good.
Some sounds a really cheesy but you can make them nicer with a twist of a knob.
All the effects are good, I would like to have seen more filters but apart from that its great.


Favourite thing. Playing with the lfos.
Least favourite thing. A bit weak eg the knobs can be pulled off really easily.
Very good value for money for the size and the features.
I have always played with synths such as microkorg and moogs and I would say moogs are my favourite but very expensive.
Quality of sound is great in my opinion, if it was not I would have sent it back straight away.
If I had more money I would buy a little fatty moog but since I did not I bought this and it is a great synth.

Electro-Phoenix's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" power underhood"

Roland SH-201
4 octave synthesizer.
2 generators forms and a number of filters and effects to a greater possibility of creating sound.

fader pots, sustain, modulation. Everything is included for controlled sounds from A to Z.
a connector jack L / R RCA input in to a USB connector thrue for communication and editing audio from the PC, as well as MIDI (in / out) interface


configuration is super simplified the creation of his from left (form generator) to right (LFO, effects) and this simple and logical ways. some is the sound you want, just choose the desired wave form, set some input and output effect and we find ourselves immediately with an audible artillery power.
(Attention immediately forget the "realistic" sound types: piano, brass, violins, this synth is resolutely turned towards electro)


sounds are truly oriented electro sound with massive bass and treble as well as aggressive and soft spacial sound. it is clearly not "realistic" sounds, the SH201 has not been created for it.

I love the sound evoking the Middle Ages or the east, I like much less against certain types white noise effect that is almost unmanageable.

expression as a whole is good, the Arpegiator and friendly, with the ability to create its own arpeggio through the PC. The SH201 is reactive and aftertouch is correct.


I use it for four years and I is not got the Yamaha MM6 earlier (which is classified as a synthesizer but approximates advantage of micro-workstation)

I love being able to create amazing sounds simple way from a simple sine waves. I adore the massive sound that develops.

I do not like the fact that we can not synchronized with the clock of a synth another brand (ie MM6).

for my use, this is a dream instrument. After you have enjoyed the raw electro sounds (see some brutal near an ultra-saturated electric guitar)

with experience, I orienterais to his little brother GAIA SH01, which looks to me certe smaller but more powerful and still easy to use.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Excellent for beginners!"

Roland SH-201
Analog Modeling Synthesizer 49 keys 4 octaves.
In and MIDI-OUT.
A power-plug.
-No built-in speakers.
-1 Input for an expression pedal.
-1 Headphone (stereo).
-2 Mono outputs that allow left and right stereo.
-2 Inputs for connecting an MP3 player or other (Note: does not vocoder) with an independent filter (LPF, HPF, BPF, Notch) and a Cut-off and Resonance.

-10 Voice polyphony (two sounds) and a Monophonic sound (upper or lower)
-8 Oscillators (saw, square, pulse, triangle, sine, noise, feedback and supersaw available) also with a knob of pitch, detune, PW.
-A filter (LPF, HPF, BPF and Bypass) with Cut-Off and Resonance and amplitude for 2 oscillators that form a sound (lower or upper).
-A balance for the two oscillators with a selector (Mix, Sync and Ring)
A sound-his upper and lower available in a patch. 4 oscillators therefore possible for a patch, but only 2 filters (one for each sound lower or upper).
Upper-and lower sounds can be combined in dual or be played independently on the bottom or top of the keyboard (SPLIT).

-1 Pitch envelope (attack, decay and intensity)
-1 Filter envelope (attack, decay, hold, release and intensity)
-1 Amplitude envelope (attack, decay, release and maintenance)
A-LFO oscillator is playing on the pitch, Pw, filter or amplifier with 7 waveforms rested for the LFO (tri, sine, saw, square, trap, sample and hold, random).
LFO speed knob, knob orientation and intensity of the wave)

-D-Beam for becoming an LFO traveling by activating its mimine above the beam to control the selection filter, volume or pitch.

-32 Presets "factory" presets and 32 "user".

-1 Arpeggiator with 34 types Arpeggiator available in Hard. Sounds are modifiable live even if the arpeggiator works. And tap tempo button for adjusting the tempo perfectly.

-1 Recorder sentences superimposed with several memories.

-1 Editor software (Mac / PC) which provides access to thousands of forms of arpeggios through its use "phrase". The editor (as its name suggests) allows you to edit the sounds and store them in the "librarian".

-1 Buttons to adjust the keyboard from January to March octaves above or below the range "normal".

-Features Portamento Legato and Solo-

Lever-pitch bend and modulation.


80 pages of a book very clear and well written. To believe that this synth was made for beginners like me when I bought it.

All buttons, knobs and faders on the front. Super easy to use when you want to start in sound synthesis.

Editing sounds is incredibly easy if you take the time to learn a little about "how to build a sound."

I recommend it to all beginners who want to get into synthesizers.


Afertouch not (at least I have not found). At speed, I think he responds very quickly ..... That said, I do not have a huge experience in the synths.

For realistic sound, it is very hard to find. You really grind in all directions to get to a piano sound "correct", but we never get the sound of a grand piano course! Ditto for real violins or flutes diverse.

The effects are a bit limited, but for me that connects the SH-201 in my Boss ME-50, it is not disturbing. There are 8 types of reverb's and 8's possible forms of delay.

on the other hand, if we talk about electronic sounds, then we're really in the thick of things. This synth was created to make synth sounds: Point bar ...... and he excels in this area.
on the other hand, it should not be more royalist than the king, you will never get the Polysix sounds aggressive, heat a OBX or the roundness of the Juno-60.

Techno sounds are just excellent.
There are ways to make tablecloths sumptuous bass carvernales on DUAL leads and sharp, especially with the FBosc.


I've had almost 2 years and I never tire of it. I intend to invest in JUNO-DI for realism are sound, but I still certainly my SH-201 for everything electronic sounds.

Before the purchase, I had a Yamaha PS20 and Pss140 (lol) (hence, not synthesizers) and I tapping on the old analog when I was a child without my interest in sound synthesis so my point of view is quite "distorted" ....... Except for the ease of learning for all beginners in sound synthesis. That, I can testify

If I was starting again I would not hesitate for a second before buying one. A 250-300 euros is a good product. Beyond that, it's a little expensive.

I love:
The editor soft-
The ease-learning manual
-Electronic sounds
No-menus, sub-menus, sub-sub-menus, sub-sub-sub-menus where you get lost.

I hate:
-Realistic sounds
-Few memories in front
-Lack of polyphony and monotimbralité


Yvan_fr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland SH-201
For more information about CHARACTERISTICS, see the manufacturer's website.
For the price, I find trs good, even when lacking a bit of memory for programs (32 preset and 32 users, a fair bit).
Remains the finish that seems to me even when some lgre: when I price the box under his arm, and I have a moment of fear: Does it really the 'indoor!


I do possde that for a week and I must say it is very simple to use.
I meet with him the feeling of my first analog synths and the pleasure of programming sounds.
I confess that dpart, I was nervous about the lack of display but in the end you get used to rev faster and at least we did not look that suspicious continuously to the display.
The principle one button, one function (or so), it really is up!
on the other hand, if you want a little more Settings, for effects and the arpeggiator, the editor is very well supplied Designed.
I is not tried yet in VST mode via USB.


Purely analog.
The factory sounds are as usual with all manufacturers: there are the beautiful, and other means to forget quickly but hey, it works for a synthtiseur and no one prfabriqus the box. To us to dive into programming.
Oh course, it does not sound as well That a Virus TI, Nord G2X and other machines at a price that leaves me rveur but did not blush.
We can quickly get the sound you're looking, without making head with menus and submenus ............ a knob is turned, it presses on a button and the his turns IMMEDIATE.


A week with me and dj that happiness.
The report is simply smashing qualitprix and if I had the choice again, I would take 2.
I put 9 because of his lack of memory for scne in particular.

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Downloadable SH-201 Patch Collections

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Roland announces the release of two exclusive new downloadable SH-201 patch collections at the Roland website.

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