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Roland SH-01A


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Roland SH-01A

Category:  Products / synthesisers / modeling synthesisers

Added: 25-Nov-23  |  Author: admin

New price: £330  |   S/H price: £250

Roland SH-01A

The SH-01A is a meticulous reproduction of the iconic Roland SH-101, one of the most popular classic synthesisers of all time. Our Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology reproduces the SH-101’s legendary sounds by faithfully recreating the actual behavior of the original analog circuits, right down to the fine details and odd quirks that have endeared the synth to musicians and producers for decades.


The SH-01A builds on the great sounds and creative immediacy of the original, now in the popular Roland Boutique format - offering exciting new polyphonic capabilities, inspiring new performance features, and a level of authenticity that could only come from Roland.


So says Rolands website. The SH-01A is perhaps the synth in the Boutique series which best delivered in the mind of reviewers and end-users due to it not being restricted in polyphony compared to the original which was an issue with the Boutique emulations of Roland's 8 & 6 voice classic synths.


The SH-01A offers 2 additional LFO wave shapes to the original and a more comprehensive Arpeggiator which adds a dedicated clock with clock scale, swing & a 2 octave range. Saved Patches also save the Arpeggiator settings as a bonus. In addition to the Arp' the SH-01A also sports a built-in 1-track 100 step sequencer with 64 saveable pattern memories. 


Perhaps the biggest difference which allows SH-01A to do more than imitate an SH-101 extremely well is it's 4-voice synth engine which is common to all these Boutique units which use the original ACB (Analog Circuit Behaviour) modelling.


This 4-voice synth engine allows the SH-01A to not only function in Monophonic mode to copy the original SH-101 but it can also function in Unison mode with 4 stacked oscillator voices. There's also a Chord mode allowing you to arrange the 4-voices into a single key-press chord, but this feature also allows the SH-01A to create big multi oscillator sounds where for example oscillators can be pitched octaves apart with added 5ths or whatever tuning you choose. Up to 4 notes can be on/off in any chord so you can make 2, 3 & 4 voice multi-oscillator lead & bass etc patches.


The SH-01A can of course also function in 4-voice polyphonic mode and it's this polyphonic ability that allows the SH-01A to also do some ballpark Juno-60 sound emulations as the old Juno-60 was in effect a polyphonic version of SH-101 despite one using DCO's while the other utilised a VCO.


Also like with most of the Roland Boutique range the SH-01A has USB & can connect and stream its audio to your DAW via USB & also function as a USB audio & MIDI interface with a mini-jack stereo input.



The K-25m keyboard unit



Like all the Boutique range, the SH-01A can be used as a tabletop module triggered from any 3rd party MIDI keyboard controller or directly from any DAW external MIDI track, but a further option is to add the optional K-25m keyboard unit which connects to any of the Boutique modules using an included ribbon cable.


The K-25m is a 25-key, velocity sensitive keyboard designed for use with the Roland Boutique series. Measuring less than 12″ across, the K-25m acts as a dock for any Roland Boutique module, and once in place the module can be tilted at two different angles for easier viewing and sound programming, or can be laid completely flat.


The K-25m retails at around £95 from most music tech suppliers.




In summary the SH-01A is perhaps the subjectively 'best' of the ACB modelling 4 voice Boutique series, coming closest to delivering an improved but accurate representation of the original it is based on while adding bonus features with it's various 4-voice functions.



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