Roland SH-101 Synthesizer
The SH-101 is very cool, especially for techno, drum&bass and ACID! It's a monophonic bass synthesizer. Its sound lies somewhere between the TB-303 and a Juno bass sound. It has a lot of simple but... read more
The SH-101 is very cool, especially for techno, drum&bass and ACID! It's a monophonic bass synthesizer. Its sound lies somewhere between the TB-303 and a Juno bass sound. It has a lot of simple but cool features. You can control the VCF, pitch, LFO or all from the pitch bender. It has a white noise generator, arpeggiator with up, down and up/down patterns and a simple real-time sequencer. The LFO offers random, sine, square or noise waveforms. And normal or auto portamento effects give you that elastic bass sound. There are external clock inputs for the sequencer and arpeggiator, CV/GATE inputs and outputs and a CV hold pedal.
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Roland SH-101 Endless Sounds
After watching the videos and comparing the analog sh-101 sound to the VA Roland release via boutique, I had to have the real thing. I am not disappointed. The Roland SH-101 is a very capable synths, it has a sound like no other on the planet. Some may disagree but I find it very unique in sound. Its a keeper for sure. I originally got a Novation BSII because some said it was a poor man's SH 101, I can tell you that even though BSII is a great synth, it is no SH-101.
Not just a bass machine
Yes, the SH-101 is known for bass primarily. But do some higher stuff, add a bit of the gorgeous PWM, put it through a tape delay and...bang! You've discovered the secret to the Boards of Canada sound, early Squarepusher and so on.
It's a classic for a reason. Nothing else sounds quite like it - not even Arturia's Minibrute, which I think was an attempt to get close.
My first ever synth!
I still have this synth my parents bought me when I was in high school in the 80's. Have the handle and strap...the whole deal and it still works beautifully though difficult to work into my workflow it always comforts me just to see it there on the stand waiting to rise up again! hehe