Studio Electronics SE-1

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The SE-1 is an analog, monophonic synth-module designed to re-create that classic Moog sound perfect for Hip Hop, R&B and Dance music. The classic Moog sound comes from its distinctive 24 dB lowpass voltage controlled analog filter. There is also a 12 dB low-/band-pass filter which emulates the classic sounds of Oberheim synthesizers.

The SE-1 uses three discrete voltage controlled analog oscillators for genuine analog synth sounds. And that's three VCO's, just like the Minimoog. They offer the basic waveforms you would expect from any analog: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, noise, and random. There are also 4 multi-stage ADSR envelope generators used to shape your sound, the filter and more. Also available are Ring Modulation and Glide/Auto-Glide effects.

With 24 knobs, 21 tactile switches, MIDI control over parameters and plenty of program storage memory (396 presets and 396 user patches), the SE-1 is a professional alternative to its classic forefathers. It is used by Fatboy Slim, Frontline Assembly, Dr. Dre, and Astral Projection.

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The SE-1X is an improved version of the SE-1 with the following new features: A total of 198 new sounds - includes the "Lexington G" and "Allec Series" banks. Creatively expanded Modulation capabilities. Greatly enhanced MIDI specs. Tight new look - phatt new logo, sharper, more attractive front and back panel graphics and text. Flash-ROM Web-updateable Operating Software. Smoother tweaking and MIDI transmission of front panel pots (switches send info. as well). External Audio Input.

For the limited run of special editions "Red Eye" and "Angel Dust", the triangle wave of oscillator 2 was replaced with a pure sine wave, among other improvements.

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14 Visitor comments
June 18, 2012 @ 4:11 am
Re slow envelope times. You can make them quicker by a simple resistor change, have done this to both to my SE1 and SE1X and is an improvement. Tutorial with photos here...
The other alternative is to invert one of the envelopes so that attack becomes the decay stage, and attack is instantaneous. This also makes it feel a bit snappier.
Very versatile and great sounding synths, BTW...
Babak Golestani
May 11, 2011 @ 5:28 pm
Sound samples:
Babak Golestani
May 11, 2011 @ 5:24 pm
This baby is fantastic. Great Fat Analog Bass/Lead sounds.

But the envelopes does not react fast enough. But I'm still in love with it. :)

some sound samples:
May 11, 2010 @ 9:36 am
Fantastic sound, Rolls Royce oscillators and filters. Unfortunately, the envelopes are more Honda, i.e. not lightning fast. I'd like a wider lfo range, lfo midi sync, lfo delay, negative lfo rates, negative vcf tracking, arpeggio, knobs for the mixer section++, but no synth is perfect. This one is close, though, as long as you don't have space or money for a modular beast. Mine crashes regularly in the winter (I live in norway), but come late March it's all good. I know this thing is made in hot and sunny California, but it's nonetheless really strange. It can't be a matter of room temperature, because I keep my room warmer in the winter than in the spring. Anybody else have similar experiences?
@UBANOV: get a patch bay! Or two! Very much creativity to be had with batch bays, and you don't have to crawl behind your racks to get access to whatever.
September 16, 2009 @ 7:45 pm
The SE1-x sounds sweet but it has a number of very annoying attributes.the editing is lame - no osc mix on the front panel! - hrummf. Plus, if the line in is used the noise source is muted, that alone is strange but as the 'line in' jack is on the back of a rack mounted synth... well you can guess how much that gets used.
I'll keep it even though I recently got hold of a Macbeth M3x because of patch memory.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 3 analog VCO's; Waveforms: triangle, sawtooth and variable width square. Osc2&3 sync to Osc1. Noise generator.
  • LFO - 3 LFO's; Waveforms: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, noise, random. Controls: delay, key trigger, phase, and midi sync.
  • Filter - 2 analog filters: 24db Lowpass (classic Moog), 12db Lowpass & Bandpass (classic Oberheim).
  • VCA - 4 multi-stage envelope generators (ADSR). Env 1 fixed to filter frequency, Env 2 fixed to amp level, Env 3&4 are assignable
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 4 ROM Banks (396 locations), 4 RAM Banks (396 locations)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 2000

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