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Roland Boutique Series SH-01A Synthesizer Module

R7,495

The SH-01A reimagines Roland’s venerable SH-101 synthesizer as a Boutique Series module. Just like the original, the SH-01A generates distinctive bass sounds and bubbly analog effects using a simple 1-VCO, 1-VCF, 1-VCA, 1-LFO design. But thanks to modern innovations, you can now perform full chords with 4-voice polyphony, greatly expanding your sound palette. And whether you craft a throbbing bass line, buzzing lead, or otherworldly sound effect, you can store up to 64 preset patches for instant recall. Complete with 100-note step sequencer, arpeggiator, and selectable advanced LFO, the SH-01A is a must-have for any synth enthusiast.


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Description

Beauty Through Simplicity

The now-legendary SH-101 was a seemingly simple monophonic synthesizer launched in 1982. Unlike more complex synthesizers available at the time, the SH-101 quickly became popular for its characteristic tone and simple one-VCO → one-VCF → one-VCA → one-LFO structure. A legion of artists found it quick to program and adept at bright edgy tones and exciting sound effects. Its bass sounds are universally revered, and somehow any sound it produces always just fits perfectly in a mix.

More than thirty years later, the SH-101’s hallmark sounds continue to be sought after by electronic artists the world over. It’s a staple of vintage synth collectors and well-equipped, world-class studios, and now returns as the inspiration for the SH-01A.

Portable. Performer.

The simple design of the SH-101 made patch creation immediate, with sounds quickly forming under the movement of each key and slider. But that inspiring sound could vanish as quickly as it appeared due to its lack of patch memory. The SH-01A adds 64 writeable patches that can serve as presets for different tracks or quick starting points for experimenting with new sound designs, making inspiration only a button press away.

The SH-01A takes the original SH-101’s portability and stage prowess to a whole new level. It’s small enough to take just about anywhere, yet ruggedly built with sturdy knobs, metal-shaft sliders, and solid silver buttons like the original. It has several tilt options for easy viewing in various live and studio scenarios, and can serve as a low-latency, portable audio interface. In addition, it has a built-in speaker, and even runs on batteries. And when mounted in the optional K-25m Keyboard Unit, it can be used as a compact, all-in-one synth with 25 velocity-sensitive keys. With all this power and flexibility, you may be most surprised by the SH-01A’s affordable price, which puts the iconic SH-101 mojo within reach of just about anyone.