On The 808 Day, Roland turns up with two new models. The Roland SH-01A and the TR-08 replicants of two classic Roland products. In this article, we take a depth look to the new Roland SH-01A.
Roland SH-01A Review – An overview
The Roland SH-01A it looks like the old Roland SH101 and it sounds like too. Thanks to the brand new ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) technology that recreates with fidelity the analog path of the legendary SH101 in the small digital Boutique format.
Roland SH-01A Review – The Roland SH101
The Roland SH101 was one of the most iconic Roland products. A really flexible synthesiser with two oscillators and a sub carved by the Roland 24db low-pass filter and modulated by an LFO, crafting different types of sounds from gritty funky basses to sticky percussions and screaming leads. Used by famous artists like Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and Mathew Jonson.
Roland SH-01A Review – New Improvements
The biggest improvements are the 4 voice modes: mono, unison, chord memory and the long waited polyphony. In fact, the new Roland SH-01A has got a 4 voices polyphony that the original SH101 hadn’t.
For the performance is added a 100 step-sequencer (yeah, you read right, 100 steps) with rest, legato and tie. You can save up to 64 patterns and 64 sounds to call in every moment. Plus an arpeggiator with three playback modes, note hold and three-way transpose switch.
Another nice new feature is the CV/Gate output for controlling modular or vintage gear and multiple sync options (external MIDI, MIDI via USB, LFO clock and trigger input).
The LFO has two different speeds, the original mode and the advanced mode. The last one with a higher speed than the original. Great for turning the classic sounds into some FM stuff.
As much as all the Boutique modules the Roland SH-01A is compatible with the K-25m Keyboard Unit and other optional Roland Boutique accessories. Battery and USB powered with a built-in Audio/MIDI soundcard that sends and receives MIDI control change messages via traditional MIDI jacks or USB.
Roland SH-01A Review – In Conclusion
The Roland SH-01A is another great replicant from the Boutique series. It sounds as close to the original and with some great new features like polyphony and 100 step-sequencer. So it totally worth the money.
Available in limited-edition red and blue colours like the original SH-101.
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