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Analog Synth from Roland .

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  • Anonymous

    Roland SH-101Published on 01/05/08 at 06:32
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Keyboard very comfortable to play in relation to competitors and korg yamaha of the time;
    Controllers easy to use and above all quick to switch or toggled: Portamento / LFO mod ...
    No MIDI, no FX, no memory => normal for analog.
    Monophonic
    Ability to stack as triangle wave, square + pwm, subosc and noise

    USE

    Super simple to use and very fast to modulate the sound

    SOUNDS

    Its Top and vintage

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    The arpeggiator is simple and powerful at the same time:
    manual up / down and especially the notes are sequenced according to the chord played on the keyboard, all this combined with a really stable and powerful LFO and legato mode, making it a formidable tool;

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    Keyboard very comfortable to play in relation to competitors and korg yamaha of the time;
    Controllers easy to use and above all quick to switch or toggled: Portamento / LFO mod ...
    No MIDI, no FX, no memory => normal for analog.
    Monophonic
    Ability to stack as triangle wave, square + pwm, subosc and noise

    USE

    Super simple to use and very fast to modulate the sound

    SOUNDS

    Its Top and vintage

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    The arpeggiator is simple and powerful at the same time:
    manual up / down and especially the notes are sequenced according to the chord played on the keyboard, all this combined with a really stable and powerful LFO and legato mode, making it a formidable tool;

    The qualities of the machine stand out when it is passed in the external effects of good quality, including Dlay a distortion etc.
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  • jblbossjblboss

    Roland SH-101Published on 04/04/12 at 01:50
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    mono without twelve o'clock without effects

    USE

    very simple

    SOUNDS

    very very good sound analog

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    al era cheap but now ....
  • SirJeffSirJeff

    Mythical. for good reasons

    Roland SH-101Published on 10/27/14 at 01:17
    I think everybody knows the features...and if you don't they are easy to find.

    The features might seem limited, and yet it's incredible what you can do with it.

    UTILIZATION

    Is it easy to make settings? The basis of subtractive synthesis.

    Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive? ...never read it

    Is it easy to edit sounds or effects? No effects. Editing is über-easy, every knob controls a single function. It couldn't be easier.

    SOUNDS

    Do the sound presets fit your music style? It's a mythical sound for electronic music, if it didn't suit me, I would be the problem.

    Which sounds do you prefer / hate? ...
    I love the basses, leads, distorted effects

    Don't l…
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    I think everybody knows the features...and if you don't they are easy to find.

    The features might seem limited, and yet it's incredible what you can do with it.

    UTILIZATION

    Is it easy to make settings? The basis of subtractive synthesis.

    Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive? ...never read it

    Is it easy to edit sounds or effects? No effects. Editing is über-easy, every knob controls a single function. It couldn't be easier.

    SOUNDS

    Do the sound presets fit your music style? It's a mythical sound for electronic music, if it didn't suit me, I would be the problem.

    Which sounds do you prefer / hate? ...
    I love the basses, leads, distorted effects

    Don't look for realism

    I love the expression of the filter, as well, it livens up the sounds wonderfully

    OVERALL OPINION

    How long have you been using it? Used often, resold and rebought.

    Did you try any other models before buying this one? Yes, everything, except analog or modeling units.

    Which feature do you like the most / the least?
    + The ease of use, depth, soul, arpeggiator, mini sequencer.
    - Nothing. When you buy this type of gear you know you'll have constraints: A brief warm-up time, no midi, no way to save presets... But who cares!!!

    I always smile when people bad-mouth its sound qualities. Just remember this synth was chosen by the pioneers of electronic music and still is a favorite among some of its most venerated representatives, even though that wasn't Roland's intention... As with many Roland products, this product wasn't conceived to please the people that ended up using it, the latter are artists that decided to hijack it for their own purposes, because it SOUNDS GOOD!
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  • Anonymous

    Roland SH-101Published on 03/01/13 at 10:42
    Smooth and precise keyboard, 2 octaves shifter.
    arpeggiator and built-in sequencer, cv & gate outputs, it allows you to control a modular synth effectively.

    UTILIZATION

    Easy and clear editing

    SOUNDS

    I totally agree with the previous review.
    Especially the noise is amazing, much better than the Yamaha, for example.
    I use it mainly for leads with an old boss chorus and a SE70

    OVERALL OPINION

    I bought it in the early '90s and have never let go of it.

    Often imitated, never equaled, the SH101 has no competitors...I also like the new analog Vermonas, which have a similar color to analog gear of the early '80s.
    I also have a pro one, same technology as the sh101: …
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    Smooth and precise keyboard, 2 octaves shifter.
    arpeggiator and built-in sequencer, cv & gate outputs, it allows you to control a modular synth effectively.

    UTILIZATION

    Easy and clear editing

    SOUNDS

    I totally agree with the previous review.
    Especially the noise is amazing, much better than the Yamaha, for example.
    I use it mainly for leads with an old boss chorus and a SE70

    OVERALL OPINION

    I bought it in the early '90s and have never let go of it.

    Often imitated, never equaled, the SH101 has no competitors...I also like the new analog Vermonas, which have a similar color to analog gear of the early '80s.
    I also have a pro one, same technology as the sh101: The sound is more raw and the lows more punchy, but, in my opinion,, when it comes to effects, arpeggios and leads, the sh101 is better!...I think it's due to a Roland filter.
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  • AlanForPresidentAlanForPresident

    Would be great for some drum and bass music

    Roland SH-101Published on 07/18/12 at 00:42
    The Roland SH 101 is a analog monophonic synthesizer that can be purchased online for just under 1000 usd, now I feel that price is a little to expensive. Yes it is a great piece of vintage gear, but anytime you purchase vintage gear you are taking a risk because it is so old that there will be something wrong with it when you get it. So I don’t feel the Roland SH 101 should be that much, I think it should be worth around 700 dollars. But if you purchase it you wont be upset, you will love the sounds and the ease of use with the Roland Sh 101.


    UTILIZATION

    Its pretty easy to use, really nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to vintage gear. The more you use this unit the more…
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    The Roland SH 101 is a analog monophonic synthesizer that can be purchased online for just under 1000 usd, now I feel that price is a little to expensive. Yes it is a great piece of vintage gear, but anytime you purchase vintage gear you are taking a risk because it is so old that there will be something wrong with it when you get it. So I don’t feel the Roland SH 101 should be that much, I think it should be worth around 700 dollars. But if you purchase it you wont be upset, you will love the sounds and the ease of use with the Roland Sh 101.


    UTILIZATION

    Its pretty easy to use, really nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to vintage gear. The more you use this unit the more you will love it. that’s one thing that I can say that is good about it. Each time that I get a chance to use it I fall more in love with the sound and warmth of the machine.


    SOUNDS

    The sounds are great, some really good techno stuff, you can have all the control of the pitch and lfo with the pitch bender. Also the arp is pretty good too, you can use it to arp up and down and all in real time. The Roland SH 101 reminds me of a few other boards that have been used over the years in some recent music and it seems like this board gave a lot to the sound of the Juno line that roland has created years ago.


    OVERALL OPINION

    You will be happy with this boards sound and quality, but the price could be a little too much. It is a Very popular piece of vintage gear, and that could be why its so expensive but to me its just not worth that amount of money anymore. I wish I could have bought one for a lot cheaper than what they are asking for them.
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  • FabsalabFabsalab

    Roland SH-101Published on 04/12/12 at 05:23
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    SH101, "small" ynthé analog hides his game
    No polyphony
    No MIDI

    Two octaves and a half to feast

    UTILIZATION

    The manual does not exist, it is found on the internet in pdf. but it was not used much.

    The sound editing is very simple, just turn the knobs, remove the knobs and listen, try and listen, with a brief bit of practice it's OK

    SOUNDS

    No velocity, no after touch
    Its totally unrealistic, if we find mêm are settings for trumpets, strings and other ... in the manual: o)

    The bass sound is huge but it is more versatile than that to which the trouble to look a little

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have over 15 years, I paid a misery at the time, this was bef…
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    SH101, "small" ynthé analog hides his game
    No polyphony
    No MIDI

    Two octaves and a half to feast

    UTILIZATION

    The manual does not exist, it is found on the internet in pdf. but it was not used much.

    The sound editing is very simple, just turn the knobs, remove the knobs and listen, try and listen, with a brief bit of practice it's OK

    SOUNDS

    No velocity, no after touch
    Its totally unrealistic, if we find mêm are settings for trumpets, strings and other ... in the manual: o)

    The bass sound is huge but it is more versatile than that to which the trouble to look a little

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have over 15 years, I paid a misery at the time, this was before the return of the "analog is really better."
    I hesitate san referrai this choice but try the machine before.
    in these older analog synths crachouille, are not very fair, or stable ... And all these symptoms nor the SH101 is not too sensitive.
    Mine a little crachouille
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  • Anonymous

    Roland SH-101Published on 05/25/04 at 13:03
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Here is a super good analog synth!

    Personal is the only synth I own, but he really a grain innimitable.

    It has an arpeggiator {my taste that works very well} and a mini sequencer, which is totally useless!

    It is obviously mono, but it is primarily intended for low to no problems!

    For the waveforms {one called Random, too arrowroot if mimics are seeing R2D2! } Function noise and sounds really cool for very dirty!

    UTILIZATION

    Very easy after a few minutes to "hack" the settings we return to the head and use this little baby!

    The handbook and does little clearer, but it is a machine so totu very intuitive!

    SOUNDS

    The Son Finally, it is wonderful, purely fan…
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    Here is a super good analog synth!

    Personal is the only synth I own, but he really a grain innimitable.

    It has an arpeggiator {my taste that works very well} and a mini sequencer, which is totally useless!

    It is obviously mono, but it is primarily intended for low to no problems!

    For the waveforms {one called Random, too arrowroot if mimics are seeing R2D2! } Function noise and sounds really cool for very dirty!

    UTILIZATION

    Very easy after a few minutes to "hack" the settings we return to the head and use this little baby!

    The handbook and does little clearer, but it is a machine so totu very intuitive!

    SOUNDS

    The Son Finally, it is wonderful, purely fantastic bass!

    The warmth of analog basses and their inimitable grain makes a SH-101 Synthesizer that have must have!

    If the moves were a little button "transpose" having fun with the settings may have lead sound out of many gloque!

    Then as I said above setting "random" and a real treat for fans of R2D2!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had six months and I am fully satisfied and for the world el I sell, it did for me one of a good synth home studio must have!

    These low, it was only fair merit the investment of a sh! {About 400 € which makes asses still affordable compared to some analog! }

    It is the only synth I owned it true that if he e exel in the bass leads are clean and beautiful ...

    But as I said before, it's a synth possessed!
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  • nikko666nikko666

    Roland SH-101Published on 04/03/06 at 03:55
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    A monophonic synth with a sub and a CSO CSO carractristiques same as the SH-09.
    RSID Essenciel the difference in construction: the plastic and metal SH-101 or SH-09.
    The HS-101 CHARACTERISTICS particulire the cre t have to play live in bandouilire, including his grip extension modulation and external power supply, even with batteries.

    So the more lightweight, with blue or gray color Touge, the HS-101 stands out scne what will be a small rvolution the era.

    UTILIZATION

    We can not be simpler. 1 button = one function. This is probably the easiest to use synthe ever!

    SOUNDS

    This is THE synth fashion to make the acid is also very practical to take him on scne and play…
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    A monophonic synth with a sub and a CSO CSO carractristiques same as the SH-09.
    RSID Essenciel the difference in construction: the plastic and metal SH-101 or SH-09.
    The HS-101 CHARACTERISTICS particulire the cre t have to play live in bandouilire, including his grip extension modulation and external power supply, even with batteries.

    So the more lightweight, with blue or gray color Touge, the HS-101 stands out scne what will be a small rvolution the era.

    UTILIZATION

    We can not be simpler. 1 button = one function. This is probably the easiest to use synthe ever!

    SOUNDS

    This is THE synth fashion to make the acid is also very practical to take him on scne and play live. It is easy to find, so if you break it, we achte another.
    Become the symbol of the synths to ACID's CTE rises excessively. Today it seems s'effontrer. Yet the SH-101 is capable of big sound, and 400-500 EUR adds a real vintage one grain setup.
    His only problem is the background noise. It shhhhh. But hey did not vintage?

    OVERALL OPINION

    I possd an SH-101 in the 80's and I t. I also had a Korg Monopoly era and the SH-101 I used to add a few sales leads, and various noises.
    I have purchased them for fun and I pltot t enjoyable surprise. In fact it allows you to add effects bass, lead an authentic trs trs shortly. Effective, probably the best choice for scne or first time synth.
    But buy a device that verifies t because the filter is moving with time and is not always realize it ...
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  • Moog.FighterMoog.Fighter

    Roland SH-101Published on 02/24/07 at 02:26
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    It includes the minimum that can be found on a synth .... and not much more.

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple, visual, good for learning "how it works" synthesis.

    SOUNDS

    Some would say "some good bass and leads ..", well .. uh ... it's still the least we can expect from a synth right?

    OVERALL OPINION

    It was my first synth, so I bought when he came on the market ... there are quite a few years. I bought it for the same reasons that a lot of people at the time, because I did not have much money and that it was an entry with all that this induces: look cheap (plastoc) and limited opportunities. I cut my teeth on it but soon found myself limited.

    I'm actually very sur…
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    It includes the minimum that can be found on a synth .... and not much more.

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple, visual, good for learning "how it works" synthesis.

    SOUNDS

    Some would say "some good bass and leads ..", well .. uh ... it's still the least we can expect from a synth right?

    OVERALL OPINION

    It was my first synth, so I bought when he came on the market ... there are quite a few years. I bought it for the same reasons that a lot of people at the time, because I did not have much money and that it was an entry with all that this induces: look cheap (plastoc) and limited opportunities. I cut my teeth on it but soon found myself limited.

    I'm actually very surprised at the premium of this vehicle today and see how it is praised. But it is true that everything is relative and depends on the budget and elements of comparison of each. Of course I will not compare it to analog monsters who were able to compose my set up, but still! I feel like any case, if it is stamped analog necessarily becomes a "must", which false.
    I would not recommend even today to take his first steps in synthesis so its capabilities are limited and lagged price.
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  • Anonymous

    Roland SH-101Published on 12/12/07 at 01:24
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    A good synth robust despite its cheapos plastok.
    the keyboard is monophonic and enjoyable.

    UTILIZATION

    The edition is of logic and simplicity dconcertante

    SOUNDS

    Small but really tough, he can do everything, big bass, percussive sounds, the snare, the kick, hihat of synthetic well, leads soft or more hard, in short all the cosmic fx

    OVERALL OPINION

    At the 1984 era I possd two SH, one MC 202, 600 and a CSQ TR 707 and a juno 60 and it turns like a Swiss clock, in perfect sync cv gate in / out and yes the twelve o'clock arrived just

    trrible sound as it is very difficult to find one today, nostalgia can be ...
    I am DCID has found one, I lack both the SH
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    A good synth robust despite its cheapos plastok.
    the keyboard is monophonic and enjoyable.

    UTILIZATION

    The edition is of logic and simplicity dconcertante

    SOUNDS

    Small but really tough, he can do everything, big bass, percussive sounds, the snare, the kick, hihat of synthetic well, leads soft or more hard, in short all the cosmic fx

    OVERALL OPINION

    At the 1984 era I possd two SH, one MC 202, 600 and a CSQ TR 707 and a juno 60 and it turns like a Swiss clock, in perfect sync cv gate in / out and yes the twelve o'clock arrived just

    trrible sound as it is very difficult to find one today, nostalgia can be ...
    I am DCID has found one, I lack both the SH

    I have tested with other models since then but nothing comparable in this price range
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