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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106 Visitor comments
aiden
October 9, 2009 @ 9:02 pm
love the 101 sound.think it better than the 303 sound (more mature) not as cool as yamaha cs 10 or korg ms 20 but still pretty cool.i like this one for sound but find the build quality becomes rather shawdy as they age.
dream demolition fact
October 2, 2009 @ 3:37 am
This thing is a monster. The sound seems to burn a hole in your brain. The PWM sounds especially lovely through a bit of delay, plus you get a little sequencer! Hours of fun, and I've yet to get a truly bad sound out of this synth. The actual keyboard isn't very sturdy though, so if you find one , you may have to contend with broken keys etc.
Smithy
September 30, 2009 @ 7:03 am
Great bit of kit. Had mine for years & will NEVER sell it. Crap at 99% of other sounds but utterly brilliant at bass and lead, not forgetting the odd weird "techno noise". Buy it for what it is good at and you will never regret it. Worth every penny.
Paul Brown
September 24, 2009 @ 10:08 am
All the stories, myths and legends are true. This synth is awsome!!
It's also the ultimate 80s fashion accessory and sexy in any colour!
WE LOVE YOU SH-101!
JOE
September 21, 2009 @ 12:44 am
great fun to be had with this synth. ive done alot of tracks with this one and find it fairly inspiring. not as meaty as the yamaha cs 10 but then again nothing beats the cs 10 in my books.much better than the little phatty (more organic) recommended.
 
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
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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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