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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JMJarre
May 14, 2012 @ 10:21 am
I am the extremely happy owner of an SH-101, that's been mod'ed with an extra oscillator to add depths. That brings the sound to new hights (or depths, rather) and adds significantly to its wonderful sound.
This machine looks good, is easy to handle and is a true synth-wonder, considering it's only 1 osc + sub.
If you add its compact structure and even ability to work as a keytar... It's among the best of its kind.
PS: Jean Michel Jarre used this (as a bassmachine, of course) on Waiting for Cousteau (1991).
richard
March 9, 2012 @ 11:07 am
Not a lot to add to everything that has been said on the 101, except: great synth, great size, great sound. There's no far fetched modulation or other exotica going on here, just solid, solid bass which is easy to get at. As with most analog Rolands, the prices of these are just too inflated to make them that desirable, but if you can find one at a decent price, grab it.
R.O.O.S.
February 22, 2012 @ 7:42 am
Circuitbreakers will add the mods and also recalibrate/tune the SH-101 +adjust the power filtration to rid that hum for you. I can't look back. Undoubtedly, this is a great synth in the history books and if Roland wanted to look for inspiration on their past successes the wouldn't waste efforts in re-doing this one. If D16 ever gets their evolved LuSH-101 virtual out that would be great but this one is a keeper. People pride themselves over these little things for the right reasons so if you have one or get one - get the circuitbreakers.co.uk SH-101 mods..really consider it.
R.O.O.S.
February 22, 2012 @ 7:40 am
I recently got a second-hand SH-101 off a second chance offer from an Ebay seller who's auction failed. It is in excellent condition despite the audio outputs being loose but they weren't desperate for a repair. It has so much character that when I was looking for someone to repair her, I decided on getting the circuitbreakers mods. Score!
Herman
February 19, 2012 @ 6:10 am
I had one for a while and really liked the sound, although the feel of the sliders was horrible. The thing I most liked was actually the sequencer, which was very immediate, in fact I'm considering buying another purely for that part of it (unless anyone knows of a similar alternative that can be programmed on the fly?).
One thing I also bought it for though was that I liked the idea of it running on batteries, however a battery had died in mine and no longer worked with them, something I've noticed that doesn't tend to be mentioned by people selling them, so ask about it first.
 
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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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