Roland SH-101

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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.

Roland SH-101 Blue Image

Unfortunately there is no patch memory storage and although it has no MIDI there are upgrades available for it from many analog service companies that will allow you to incorporate it into any MIDI studio environment. It can also be controlled by MIDI using a CV/MIDI converter. It's great for bass sounds or bubbly analog effects. They come in three different flavors - gray, blue or red (there was a VERY rare white version too)! It can also be strapped on like a guitar for live performance using the optional Hand Grip.

Red SH-101

It is used by 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, Boards of Canada and many more.

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103 Visitor comments
James Reynolds
March 23, 2014 @ 12:53 pm
I'm looking for the best SH 101 emulator. Any suggestions? James
Reggie of Las Vegas
December 18, 2013 @ 10:58 pm
Wow,I was going to put mine away or sell it,along with my multimoog.had no idea vintage synths were in such high demand!gonna get them overhauled and keep! Recently picked up a korg m1r,,wavestation ad, and dx7with hard cases for 1450 American.!!!mint.
bumbaclart
October 31, 2013 @ 12:50 pm
@shufflehound

yeah I found the SH101 to be similar with regards to the VCO's. I found it a good "workhorse" in the studio for making quick bassline's and leads etc. The SH09 has a warmer and more pleasing (organic?) sound to my ears, but on the whole both are great, well designed budget synths of the era.
shufflehound
September 27, 2013 @ 7:46 am
I have two of these and it's great fun to make random sequences blindly and sometimes get some great riffs (especially with the Volca Beats!) However, I find the VCO very thin sounding and the only way to get anything rich and chorusy out of it is the PWM.
You get instant classic sounds, but that's all you'll really get without heavy use of effects afterwards.
relic
September 15, 2013 @ 9:26 am
sold mine two years ago and missed it so much....i got it back in grey now with the grip! it cost me $$$ but lesson learned. don't sell yours...you will miss it.
 
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    Roland SH-101
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    Manual - Roland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.

    Patch File - This is a text document describing how to set up the SH-101 for a nice Orbital style synth lead sound.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO (independent levels for saw, square/pulse/pwm and sub-oscillator)
  • LFO - triangle, square, random and noise waveforms
  • Filter - resonant, self-oscillating LPF, mod by EG, lfo and kybd 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
  • Date Produced - 1983

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