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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 8 reviews )
 5 reviews63 %
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dlmorley's review"Very nice sounding synth"

Studio Electronics SE-1
I got this in a deal and wasn't expecting too much, but pleasantly surprised. Rather than a newbie buying a Behringer or Korg, I'd rate these higher. Good build quality and a classic sound. Won't replace my Minimoog, but it's very practical and sounds very good. Recommended if you don't mind racks.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Studio Electronics SE-1
Knobs... 25 of them Buttons...18... that light up showing that it's on or off.. Patches... 99 in each bank A,B One Output 3 rack space..

800 usd


Easy to make a Ohio Players "Funky worm" style worm. Easy to make a Mini Type bass sound. Easy to sound like a warm analong mono sound... Nice peice of gear.. Just has a higher price of admission for most people.

Very well made... American design at it's best. Built in Cali. For $600 I can send it in and have it upgraded to a new SE-1x. It will buy me more Patch storage and audio (filter) input upgrade as well as a new rack case. I will get that done eventualy and have it come back with a chrome grill.


It's Analog. It's like a Minimoog, but not quite. It's Filters are like a minimoogs but not quite. It's Filters are like a Oberhiem SEM but not quite. It's analog... and it does bass and leads like no other.


It's the host with the most... the bass box with a big ass bottom. A sqweely worm, and ready to lead your track...

Originally posted on
Posted by: kazper ( 7-, 2005)

funkylio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a very good mono"

Studio Electronics SE-1
it is a kind of clone of Minimoog, but improved:
moog filter type and filter the type wk (12 db LP or BP)
3 oscillators, 3 LFOs, 4 envelopes, sync between oscilloscope, ring, noise, velocity ...
connectivity twelve o'clock
memory storage (with comfortable screen)
It has no connection CV Gate unlike atc 1
Many buttons on the front but not a button function anyway ...


Navigation through the menus is simple even though we would have preferred a button function ...
In fact, we should not complain too much, there is the menu because there are many parameters:
assignment envelopes, ring modulator, noise generator, velocity sensitivity, name patches, auto glide mode retrigger (last, up, down, very useful), the pitch even after réglagles between oscilloscope, the sync from 1 to 2 and 3 ...
Of course, the main complaint is not having the volume control on the front of each oscillator
For cons, the menu system is well studied, there is only one depth so you do not get lost.


SE 1 sounds terrible, either for low fat or liquid groooooossssses or sub ... Compared to my other analos is the top of this view (Superbass station, MS 20 mini Perfourmer, juno 2 ex 8000) ... The juno 2 sounds terrible in the low but more rough and less versatile.
Solo, just open the oscilloscope with filter ring, this is a clear sine, square with a portamento or PWM .... I'm just not a fan of filter stairs ...
Well, a flat course, I bought a mini MS 20 for the wild, this is much better because it is not the height of the SE 1.
Note that the effects of compressor types (to counteract some envelopes not super fast, but I'm not bothered either), overdrive, phaser take great compared to some synths. To compensate for the clean side, I also use a vintage analog EQ (as Maxon pue5b) and it sounds as old school as possible.
Note that you can experiment widely and don'ts that the rnb or rap! (The 1 is deemed to be part of the most prestigious studios in this style ... For my part, I use it for ambient, jazz funk ...)


At present VA, poly analos all kinds, an analog monophonic synth and interest in ensuring this is the case.
I owned ATC 1 and clearly, I upgraded to the SE 1 for its ergonomics, screen, and moog filters and integrated week without having to change the cartridge ... (1 atc has a good reputation, allows the cross mod, but the interface has repelled me, as for the waldorf pulse for example)
It was very warm sound, a very specific tone and that leaves raw or work with effects.
This is a very good value for money used, and some experts say it is the most similar Minimoog, even better than the travel ... A little phatty whether or sub phatty are competitors ... I could not test ... I think they are less complex, more direct sound but so can be run more round with the risk is 1 ...
I still bought a mini 20 ms in addition to the hearts of "all front" and more experimental and a very different filter ...

twistgrave's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" big sound but ..."

Studio Electronics SE-1
mono synth rack "Minimoog" type.
I pass on the characteristics of the machine (see other reviews)


no need for manual, it's simple and not too complicated to edit the same sound when you enter in the 'programer'.
the first series, there are two banks of 99 sounds, all editable.
think back to "deans" to assign your two modulations, as modulations base you will definitely scared! and yes, contrary are little brother, ATC-1 which is full noon.
but do not worry, the sound and well!


here is the highlight of this machine! a warm "vintage analog" grain, low good "fat", leads or a nice little nap, do it all. asks all the same a few minutes to reach the results hoped.
filter and exelent but it's still not the equal of the moog, but it is nice anyway! 24 db filter and exelent.
only the envelopes my moin appeared faster than a mini, with FITRE course!
the LFO are working well.
short on a budget who wants to have fun and discover the world of analog, I say go for it! but I would advise him more atc-1 of the first generation which is full MIDI and a less expensive and I can find you more dynamic. (I do not know the new versions)
for electro music only!


I've had 98 years of a pair! as atc-1 I also possesses him since 1993, I never revendrais! great single, real memory with analog and noon! I own a lot of other analog, both my machine are différante other ... an analog to normal!
strengths of SE-1 is louise sound, a powerful filter.
its weak points are (I repeat, I mean premeieres versions) is two poor midi controller (assignable)
and can attack a soft, less punchy than the ATC-1.
today OCCAZ is more than a business.
I would do without hesitation that choice!
the blast02/26/2008

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

Studio Electronics SE-1
Minimoog clone by those who are bone and reconditioned rack Midif for a while ...
electronic studio knows well about it
except that the TT is a digital control, so presets, midi in out on almost all controllers, and it's very cool .. c
24 and 12 filter lpf lpf
envelopes 4 points
the syncro
3 waveforms instead of 6, they are stackable for each osc, so we can storage piles 9 osc
you win a lfo
characteristics are much higher than those of the original


Operation is very easy
Only downside, the mixer of osc is a page menu, same for the portamento on / off
it's still very correct ...


Compared to the Minimoog, the sound is a little pinched, slightly cramped c was not denied the sub, the envelloppes are not as precise, the action is not as organic ..
.. Should not ask either ... (in mm long synth which deserves to be compared to the mini?)
the sound is less obese, but it has a good presence and he does not collapse in a mix, do not like raccornit a VA or a plug, in a mix .. uploaded will meet ..
syncro's offer sounds different, it is beyond the role of a clone, very nice and c
The result is a precise and incisive, clear and dynamic
on the other hand, it was not his trash and a little dirty mini
the sound is "modern" punchy


Good machine for those who can not afford to buy a mini, the coast is very reasonable
for bass and leads, in a mix that crushes the waldorf and other northern or nova., no photo ... (in mono!)
is the price of a one or a pro prodigy

nice instrument.

nikko666's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Studio Electronics SE-1
It is a rack that offers sounds very close to a Minimoog, but with MIDI capabilities and memories.
256 memories, support midi mod wheels, aftertouch, etc. ... the SE-1 Studio Electronics is better than a Minimoog blade at a fraction of the price.
Monophonic course


We can not be simpler, you connect, you play.
You can change the sounds for the buttons very well thought out.
I must say that it is immediately impressed by the quality of the sounds of the bank base (especially bass and leads.).
Then when you change the sounds we realize that the machine is super stable, nothing to do with an old vintage.
Hat Studio Electronics for making a machine with perfect ergonomics. Operation is very easy, you get quick results we seek.


The sound is really light years of MFB, a Neptune, and even a trip.
The traveling is really more limited, it is much more expensive and sounds a little too 'round' for my taste.
In short when we heard this marvel is immediately captured and the price and (sorry for those who can not afford) fully justified.
I do not know of that have equivalent synth sound as perfect, covering all styles and really polyvanent for both the Hip Hop Jazz, Newage.
Its flaw is to have no S & H and Noise and therefore it is wise enough that a machine will make every good vintage big sound (have to trash your old synths) with a simple MIDI implementation of quality and memories! I put 10 anyway because I'm tired of galleries with synthetic CV / gate, which go out of tune.
This synth sounds really analog, it is also, but I mean that the grain is not below the Minimoog, the contrary ...


Obviously I put 10. There is no equivalent. This synth is used by every major, the list is too long. Yet these 'great' have the money to pay for MemoryMoog, a ton of travel. But no, they used the SE1, because it has a perfect sound for what it does, it is stable, effective, robust rack in the studio, with lots of memory and a MIDI support quality and very complete.

Here, put some money aside, and then resell your vintage sleeping, you're going to burn the studio with such a device!

Note from 07/2006: I correct that opinion because I have now a Minimoog Voyager V 3.1. It must be said, the SE1x sounds better than the Minimoog in all areas. This is not the same machine (the mini has a keyboard, a touch screen, looks terrible and it's a great object of scene), but in studio and pure, SE1 has more punch and the sound is better defines it best resort in a mix and the bass is more effective.

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

Studio Electronics SE-1
Monophonic Analog Rack, which also means that it can only play a channel at a time, so only take place once in a mix (unless more than one).
The facade is divided into 5 parts:
CONTROL: Volume, Glide
MOD: Rate, Depth
CSOs BANK: Freq 1, pulse width, 3 waveforms
Freq 2, pulse width, 3 waveforms
Freq 3, pulse width, 3 waveforms
FILTER: Resonance Tracking, Moog and Oberheim filter (12 or 24 db)
ENVELOPES: Attack, Decay, substain, Release
Approx Amnt 1,3,4
Few origins sounds, 200, editable difficult thing, I control via Cubase SE1 who owns a patch in the MIDI menu, but I have big problems with modulations as Cubase neutralizes my settings each new reading ...


It can not be simpler in my opinion, simply turn it on and play, the menu is simple and basic hyper.
Like I said above, the edition is difficult, I used the midday with the sequencer Cubase, and they do not like too much both, I have to save my problems sequences, the patch does never mmoris when the modulation filters and envelopes, they are neutralized and departure at each end of the loop ...
on the other hand of a sound is amazing the capacity modulation, when you groped buttons, you do not pretend and acted immediately on color, gnial to place a live sound ...
It parrait that can edit in the Dtail in SoundDiver, problem, it no longer exists.
I prciserais anyway when it was we do not care a bit because, at the base, it is not for a, it's not a Triton, was chosen to sound.
The manual, it is good that the it cost me $ 16 + harbor at SE, (I have one too if someone besides ...) and it's 20 pages, as saying that it is better to have but can live without ...


I am Hip Hop and that's how to say, perfect for me ...
I wanted a bass expander analog and I have not t ...
Browsing patches and you have DR DRE tablecloths, etc ... Leads to Rockwilder
When the main, however this is ddi Rack, low means is to understand the sounds are close to perfection, the dynamic is incredible, the output level is monstrous, you go bass in a Pramp transfer your song, and you understand your pain, plaage is perfect in a mix ...
For the rest of the sounds is enough typ West Coast and Electro, but you have to do 15 tracks with the beast if you got them boiled ears, the leads are standard and even in mono, assuming an already substantial therefore not overload ...
After that's all Racks "typs" you places not everywhere but hey I love ...


I used it for 2 months, what I like least is the edition via software, what I like most is the power and the sound of the machine, this is my first pure analog so I have too much experience, I think not so expensive as some say, and yet j'me'm bleeding to pay me, but compared to a Moog is apparently better and cheaper, I would do this choice without hsiter, though if I had the means, I would have bought her big brother Omega 8, but hey, it's Adi foot!
Docteur Frog11/14/2002

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

Studio Electronics SE-1
This is another perfect example of a brand that wants posititionner his instruments on a market price today closed compltement on.
The SE-1 is an analog module mainly complete and ddi-sounding bass and Lead since it is monaural. I said monophonic 1495 USD, making clucking softly. But hey ... It possde output Stereo Main, 300 internal presets that are expandable with extensions not available ROM :-)


Simple. Notice all lovers of synthtiseurs Moog analog type (source / memory / 55 / prophet 5) one finds all the joys of the edition with all its inconvnients. The SE-1 benefits from an ergonomic enjoyable which is much more intuitive than all the current machines. Here are the new English SPEC MODELS the SE-1X-You be the judge:
Improvements on SE-1X SE-1 year Theme:

4 ROM Banks (396 locations).
4 RAM Banks (396 locations).
A total of 198 new sounds - includes the dynomite "Lexington G" and "Allec Series" banks.
The stunning "Scroggins Synquence", an electro-styled bank, available for $ 89.00 Additional year.
Creatively expanded Modulation capabilities (future 2nd quarter 2002 rev.).
Greatly enhanced MIDI specs.
3-Syncables MIDI LFOs (future 2nd quarter 2002 rev.).
Tight new look - phatt new logo, sharper, more attractive front and back panel graphics and text.
Flash-ROM Web-updateable Operating Software.
Smoother tweaking and MIDI transmission of front panel pots (switches send info. As well).
External Audio Input.
1 year Parts & Labor warranty coverage.
Custom Graphics available upon request.

In short, more, Much More, of "Caswellz Genius", and the Globally acclaimed programming savvy of Rionero's Sons, virtuoso sonic avengers Those, masters of shadow and the illuminant.

Voices: one.
Audio outputs: one main output.
Memory: 396 patches in RAM.
Interface: a rotary encoder, 24 knobs, 21 switches touch.
Display: 20 x 4 back lit liquid crystal.
Weight: 10 lbs.
Dimensions: 3 rack spaces, 8 inches deep.
Power: 90 - 250 volts AC auto switching.

Three voltage controlled discrete analog oscillators
Waveforms: triangle, sawtooth and variable width square. All output waveforms simultaneously. Syncing of Osc 2 to Osc 1 & 3.

Two voltage controlled discrete analog filters
24 dB (classic Moog), 12 db (classic Oberheim). 12db low pass filter HAS Incorporates and band pass modes.

Three low frequency oscillators
Waveforms: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, noise, random. Two destinations and Amounts For Each LFO with delay, key trigger, phase, and MIDI sync.

Four multiple envelope generators internship
Attack, decay, sustain and release with inverting and multiple triggering. Envelope 1 fixed to filter frequency. Envelope 2 fixed to amplifier level. Envelope 3 & 4 are assignable.

Additional Features
Noise generator. Auto triggering external input processor. (Future 2nd quarter 2002 rev.) Parameters: input level, trigger level, mix level, window. Glide and auto glide, linear or exponential. (Future 3rd quarter 2002 rev.) Ring modulation.

Modulation Destinations
LFOs 1,2 & 3: VCOs 1,2 & 3 frequency, VCOs 2 & 3 mix level, ring mod mix level, noise mix level, VCF resonance and frequency, 1,2 & 3 pulse width and volume.
Envelopes 3 & 4: 1,2 & 3 pulse width dynamics, VCOs 2 & 3 mix and sweep oscillator dynamics, ring mod dynamics, noise dynamics, resonance dynamics.

MIDI Controllers
Dynamics, ModWheel, pressure, tracking (future 2nd quarter 2002 rev.) And breath control, EACH with 2 destinations and Amount, Including all LFO and envelope 3 destinations, eg, VCOs 2 & 3 oscillator sweep dynamics (future 2nd quarter 2002 rev.). As I, MSR, write this on 2/12/02, MOST of These "LFO and envelope 3 destinations" are connected and Willing. Here's the Dealy: That in future aforementioned quarter, this piece Will Effectively rock the Omega Series Synths Controller / Modulation Scheme. Bender: pitch and filter frequency. Fixed continuous controller assignments for all key front panel controls. Additionally Receives: program change, bank select, glide on / off, glide time, volume, and Obviously, SYSEX.

MIDI Specifications
In Out and Through.


Cot's is Correct. I would go up well. Now even if we compare the price of the module, we also move towards a Intrets SuperNII Nord Lead 2 or even a virus associated with a K FM sound module type FS-1 or TX at Yamaha.

Admittedly, the SE-1 possde this heat, I'll go up to say the sound color that caractrise vritables Analog Devices years 80-90. Be converters madness is good but when they do make the difference.
TOP: filters and LFO without them ..... oouf!


I dtest by DEFINITIONS take a bad picture of a machine yet possde features and sound CHARACTERISTICS intrinsques INTERESTED trs. But please Mr. Studio Electronics, lower your prices. The analogy is more than one price, the analogy either.