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, LF...
In this photo, you can see a Roland SH-101 (1st synth in the photo) in Dave Gahan's New York City studio where he works with Kurt Uenala. Original article [here](http://www.sonicscoop.com/2012/07/01/david-gahan-of-depeche-mode-an-inside-look-at-his-very-personal-studio/#sthash.KD4Ta3VC.yR3doMM6.dpbs).more
Roland SH-101 About: This piece was one of the essential live synths in 90's in Liam's setup. Later Liam replaced this silver baby to red Clavia Nord Lead in his setup. But you can still sometimes see this machine on top of the first synth rack on live setup. Specifications: Polyphony : Monophonic Oscillators : 1 VCO (Independent levels for Saw, Square / Pulse / PWM and Sub-Oscillator) LFO : Triangle, Square, Random and Noise Waveforms VCF : Resonant, Self-Oscillating LPF, Mod by EG, LFO anKYBD Tracking VCA : ADSR, Mod by EG or Gate Arpeg/Seq : Digital Sequencer up to 100 steps Record / Playback Arpeggiator Patterns : Up, Down, Up/Down Keyboard : 32 keys Control : CV / Gate Gear info: The Roland SH-101 is a monophonic bass synthesizer, featuring a 2 1/2 octave 32-note (F-C) keyboard in a light, plastic case. This synth was released in the era just after analog synths like the Moog, ARP, Sequential Circuits, etc. It's siblings include the SH1, SH2, SH3a, SH5, SH7 and SH09. Probably does not sound as FAT as a Moog or ARP. It was designed as a strap-on synth with an optional modulation attachment that stuck out like a guitar neck. It can run on batteries. The SH-101 was pre-MIDI, but it has CV (1 volt/octave cv) and gate inputs in the back. It's 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. The SH-101 also features a very primitive arpeggiator and sequencer as well as portamento. There are also two exclusive versions available.. one is blue and one is red. Other artists that have been using this: Orbital, Future Sound of London, Überzone, The Prodigy, 808 State, The Grid, Cirrus, Eat Static, Jimmy Edgar, Apollo 440, Devo, Union Jack, Luke Vibert, Dirty Vegas, Josh Wink, the Crystal Method, Aphex Twin, Astral Projection, Les Rythmes Digitales, Sense Datum, Squarepusher, Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM/MDFMK, Freddy Fresh, Lab-4, Nitzer Ebb, the Chemical Brothers and many more. Liam: "We do a totally live bit on stage where we hook up the SH-101 to the 909 using the trigger input and have a little jamming session on stage. That's quite interesting!" Release date: 1983 Type: Analogue synthesizer Used: Used live in Funky Shit and Poison. (With this machine Liam usually played the Relase Yo' Delf - riff between Poison part1 and part2 in live gigs).more
In [this interview](http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/code/6327653/joris-voorn-new-album-nobody-knows-interview), Joris mentions his use of a Roland SH-101, saying, "I decided to use a Roland 101 synthesizer to play the parts, which gave the track a very different but beautiful sound. It showed me how well you can combine classical melodies with electronic music."more
In [this interview](http://www.thefader.com/2014/10/29/beat-construction-dj-quik) with Fader, Dj Quik talks about bass sounds and 808's "They're not even using the 808 drum machines, they're using the 808 samples that people have hodgepodged and put online. They want to keep it there because it sounds like the records that they hear on the radio. They think it's the definitive sound. It wasn't just that. It was the fucking DMX drum machine. If you think about songs like [Run DMC's] "Krush Groove"—that was one of the best drum sounds ever! It's not just about the 808. People get stuck because they like the speakers to vibrate. People get turned on, there's something sexual about it. It's like a vibrator. But you can make it sexual with a bassline, you can make it sexual with an SH-101, a Roland fucking synthesizer. You can make it emotive and erotic with flangers and stuff. People don't do the whole math when it comes to making music. You can do so many different things to one sound that it will become something totally new. "more
When Rusko is asked by Twitter user @ProducerQandA, "What is your most used hardware synth as well as your most used software synth when you are producing?" Rusko replies, "hardware - SH101 bleeps and fx all day Roland style. Software - anything [rob papen](https://equipboard.com/brands/rob_papen) especially [predator](https://equipboard.com/items/rob-papen-predator) & albino :) :)" (as of 7 Feb 2012)more
Nick Taylor asks Ceephax in this [article from *Smart Shanghai*](http://www.smartshanghai.com/articles/nightlife/inside-the-dayglo-mind-of-ceephax-acid) “OK some nerdy gear questions. How much kit you bringing over to Shanghai? Is it not a huge pain in the arse to travel with all that stuff?” To which Ceephax replies “I'm bringing my flotilla of Roland hardware [TR-707](https://equipboard.com/items/roland-tr-707-rhythm-composer), [TR-909](https://equipboard.com/items/roland-tr-909-rhythm-composer), SH-101, [TB-303](https://equipboard.com/items/roland-tb-303), and my [Ensoniq SQ-80](https://equipboard.com/items/ensoniq-sq-80).”more
In this video with *FACTmagazine*, at 0:10 you can see the SH-101 Synthesizer by Roland. Alix says "I rely a lot obviously on hardware, a lot of synthesizers, I use a lot of the [Virus](https://equipboard.com/items/access-virus-ti2-polar-synthesizer), I got a little [phatty](https://equipboard.com/items/moog-sub-phatty-25-key-analog-synthesizer) there, [JP-8000](https://equipboard.com/items/roland-jp-8000-synthesizer), [Juno-106](https://equipboard.com/items/roland-juno-106-synthesizer), SH-101, [MicroKORG](https://equipboard.com/items/korg-microkorg-synthesizer-vocoder), I like to record a lot of my own sounds.”more
As much as she enjoys shiny new gear, Allien would be at a loss without her vintage synths. For Thrills, she employed her trusty Roland TR-808 drum machine and SH-101 analog synth along with Clavia Nord Lead and Nord Modular synths; a Midas mixer; Apple Logic Pro; and her prized piece, the ARP 2600. “Turning wheels and pressing buttons, all [my] instruments sound deep and dark in my ears,” she says. “The ARP is perfect for that! And the ARP 2600 is the last synth I've bought — I saw it in Japan first and bought it finally on eBay. But I was looking a long time for it.”more
Although boasting a lush sound, the album was recorded largely at Paul's Rhythm Ranch studio on a single tascam 16-track with a Studiomaster desk. Synths used include: Roland D-50, Akai S1000 and S3000, Kork M1R, Waldorf Microwave, Roland Super Jupiter module, Oberheim Matrix 1000, Yamaha TX802, Minimoog, MIDIMoog, Oberheim Two-Voice, Roland Jupiter 8 and SH-101.more
On June 5th, John Foxx will be taking his group The Maths to the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm London for a one-off performance of his classic album Metamatic. Now, after our feature on Benge's synths was such a hit with you lot, we thought that some of you might like to get warm under the collar and quivery of the finger tip to learn what John Foxx will be packing in the back of the van for the Roundhouse show - please check out the mouthwatering list below, and have a look at some John Foxx & The Maths on YouTube while you're at it. Find out more about this incredible event (which also features a DJ set by Gary Numan and Ade Fenton) at the Roundhouse website. John Foxx'Metatronic best-of is out now. Synthesizers: ARP Odyssey x 2, ARP Sequencers x 2, Crumar Multiman, EDP Wasp, Korg MonoPoly, Korg 700, Logan String Machine, Moog Mini x 2, Moog Modular plus Sequencers, Moog Opus 3, Roland Modular System 100m x 10 Modules, Roland SH2, Roland SH-101, Roland Juno 60, Sequential Circuits Multitrack Drum machines: Amdek Percussion Synthesiser, Boss Dr Rhythm, Linn Drum, Klone Drum, Roland CR78, Roland TR808 Effects & Processors: Boss Chorus, Boss Flanger, Boss Phaser, Electro Harmonix electric mistress Flanger, Furman Spring Reverb, Ibanez AD80 Analog Delay, Maestro PS-1 Phase Shifter, Mu-tron Phasor, MXR Phase 100, Roland Space echo RE-201 Other Equipment Tascam & Revox Analogue Reel to Reel Tape Machinesmore
“Lately I’ve been using this more for the sample/hold-style warbled blips. It’s fun to get a completely random and mangled mess sampled, and then loop a section to base an entire song on. "You can hear this in action at the end of my song Crimewaves, just before it goes into the little reprise at the end.”more
I try to keep the music as natural as I can, with as little editing or over-processing as possible. A lot of the melodic parts are all synth jams that I created using my Roland Juno-6, a Roland SH-101 and the Yamaha QY700 sequencer before I gradually started tracking into Ableton and putting percussive elements on top.more
> I don’t mind if the SH101’s going straight into the Neve or if it’s going in via a guitar Pod or going direct into the soundcard. I don’t really mind — it’s whatever cable’s nearest. And then you stumble upon the area of chance, which is ‘Well, I wasn’t planning on plugging this synth into the guitar amp, but because the cable’s there I did it and it was miked up and I recorded it.more
I just played my first show a couple weeks ago. It’s actually my favorite NYC party called Mutual Dreaming, always good vibes. That was probably the only reason I agreed to play, and so I spent the week before learning the songs…again. My live set-up is exactly the same as my studio set-up, minus a couple keyboards: Roland SH-101 Roland TR-707 MFB 522 MFB Fliterbox EHX 2880 loop pedal EHX reverb pedal Casio SK-1 Yamaha DX100 MPC500 and a small mixer.more
> What were the key pieces of gear for the album? Do you like machines with versatility? > > Ableton > Wave Alchemy drum samples > Korg MS 20 > Overstayer Saturator > SoundToys plugins > U-He Diva > Culture Vulture > Culture Rooster > Metasonix s1000 > TL Audio Ivory 5013 > Sherman Filter Bank > **Roland SH101** > Shure SM58more
«This one was offered to me by a promoter I became close with. It took me a while to get into it I must say – probably because I didn’t pick it personally, when I come to think of it – but once I did I became a bit obsessed with it. It can be CV linked with the rimshot of certain drum machines (like the 707 or 909) to play a pattern of notes you programmed into the synth. It’s so much fun to jam like that. That’s how I did the remix for Surkin and Bobmo’s ‘Harry’, live recorded in one take with just the original loop playing in the back, a bit of arrangement afterwards, but it was wrapped in just a couple of hours and I think you can totally feel it when you hear it, which is something I love. You’ll notice that I’m generally pretty fond of the Roland brand»more
*Beat Boy* was recorded at Trident Studio which has a Solid State Logic desk that is widely considered to be the best in the world. They are undoubtedly the most expensive, starting at around £150,000. Surprisingly hardly any electronic instruments were used on the LP, just a Fairlight CMI, Egan's MC202/SH101 sequencer combination, a Jupiter 8 and a Linn Drum.more
"I still have a great love for the old SH09, its big Bro’ the SH2 and its progeny the SH101. But the Roland Juno 106 is still hard to beat. I do still have (hopefully) working examples of ’em all. Although primarily a vintage Roland fan, I do have the odd bit of Korg and Yamaha kit, and of course the wonderfully proletarian Casio VL Tone… required equipment in my League days, we all had one in our make up bags!"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.
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.
still one of the best bass machines ever built - but also a great synth for noisy stuff and especially warm xylophone-like sounds (like the melody sequence on aphex twin`s "on" which might be done with the 101). the built-in step sequencer is ace.
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.
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
There are other synths that sound fuller and that I use more often, this synth is by and large very simple. But man that filter is just really liquid and wonderful. It sounds good in leads and basses.