Roland SH-201 : Anonymous 's user review

« Excellent for beginners! »

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Audience: Beginners
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