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Roland SH-101 Monophonic Synthesizer

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Roland SH-101 is a synthesizer from the early 1980s, manufactured by Roland. The SH-101 was originally marketed as a monophonic synthesizer for people who are new to synthesizers. Its core attribute is simplicity.

It is a small, 32 key, monophonic analog synthesizer. It features one oscillator with 3 simultaneous waveforms: sawtooth, square/pwm, and an octave-divided square sub-oscillator. It has a low-pass filter/VCF capable of self oscillation. The self oscillation filter can be used to make bass drum sounds.

The controls are simple to use as there is a slider or switch available for every single parameter, and there is an external trigger input to control the speed of the sequencer or the arpeggiator.

Another unique feature is being able to select noise as a modulation source for both pitch and the filter, resulting in distortion-like effects. External control is achieved using CV/Gate. Delivering a truly analog experience, the SH-101 does not have patch memory and cannot be controlled by MIDI. MIDI implementation can be achieved by using a CV/MIDI Converter.

The SH-101 can also be battery powered. The SH-101 was produced in three colors: gray, blue, and red. Contrary to legend, the SH-101 never came in white. A shoulder strap can be connected to it, and a small handgrip can be plugged into the side which contains a pitch bend wheel and a pitch modulation trigger. When slung over the shoulder it doubles as a "keytar".

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: Pulse, Pulse Variable, Saw Up, Sub Oscillator
Osc Modulation: Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Sequencer
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters: 1
Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: LFO, Pitch Wheel
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
+ Patterns: up, down, up/down
+ Step sequencer
+ 100 Notes
Case: Keyboard
Case Details: 32 keys
Keyboard: Non-weighted, Plastic
Controls: Buttons, Joy Stick, Knobs, Switches
Display Type: LED
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Mono Headphone
Audio Output Count: 2
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate In, Gate Out
Year Released: 1982
Year Discontinued: 1986
Used By
Orbital, the Future Sound of London, the Prodigy, 808 State, Devo, Luke Vibert, Josh Wink, the Crystal Method, Aphex Twin, Nitzer Ebb, the Chemical Brothers, Boards of Canada
Manuals & Documents
Repairs and Support
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MSRP List Price: $495 - convert
Retail Street Price: $450 - convert
Used Price: $1,000 - $1,600 - convert
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