The SH-01A is a compact reproduction of the Roland SH-101, one of the most popular monophonic analog synthesizers from the 1980s. A go-to peice of kit for creating fat bass lines, edgy lead sounds and spine-chilling effects, the sonic characters of the SH-101 have been revered by electronic musicians for over 30 years.
The SH-01A builds on the iconic sounds and creative immediacy of the original, but also takes this classic instrument into exciting new realms with new performance features, and polyphony!
The SH-01A is a compact reproduction of the Roland SH-101, one of the most popular analog synthesizers from the 1980s. Building on the iconic sounds and creative immediacy of the original, the SH-01A offers exciting new polyphonic capabilities, inspiring new performance features, and a level of authenticity that could only come from Roland.
In comparison with more complex instruments available at the time, the SH-101 was a seemingly unremarkable monophonic synthesizer when first launched in 1982. However, it quickly became prized for its rich, musical sound and simple-to-program synth structure. Legions of artists found it quick and easy to create fat basses, edgy leads, and exciting sound effects with the SH-101, and these hallmark sounds continue to be revered by electronic musicians over 30 years later.
The SH-01A recreates the oscillator, filter, and envelope behaviors of the vintage SH-101 with extreme accuracy. Roland’s Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology fully realizes all the sonic details and quirks of the SH-101, modeling each analog circuit right down to the component level. And though scaled-down in size, the panel interface offers all the hands-on controls found on the original hardware.
Expanding on the SH-101’s huge monophonic voice, the SH-01A supports four voices and four modes for more sound-creation possibilities. Mono mode produces the classic SH-101 sound, while Poly mode allows four notes to be played simultaneously, making SH-101 sounds available for pads and other chordal work. Unison mode stacks four voices for super-fat basses and leads, and Chord mode layers any four pitches together for playing in semitone steps. The SH-01A also offers 64 patch memories for storing sounds, a feature not available on the SH-101.
The SH-01A is equipped with an intuitive 100-step sequencer like the one found on the SH-101, but now adds the ability to save and recall 64 sequence patterns for any performance situation. The sequencer can also be used to control modular synths, hardware modules, and software plug-ins via CV/Gate, MIDI, and USB.
Like all Roland Boutique modules, the SH-01A is extremely portable, runs on USB bus power or batteries, and includes a built-in speaker for monitoring the sound in mobile situations. When mounted in the optional K-25m Keyboard Unit, the SH-01A can be used as a compact, all-in-one synth with 25 velocity-sensitive keys.
Roland Boutique SH-01A TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
Sound Generator Section
Maximum Polyphony: 4 voices
Assign Mode: MONO/UNISON/POLY/CHORD
Sound Patch: 64
Sequencer Pattern: 64
Ribbon controllers C1, C2
RATE indicator and slider
WAVE FORM select knob
MOD depth slider
RANGE select knob
PULSE WIDTH slider
LFO/MAN/ENV select switch
SOURCE MIXER section:
PULSE level slider
SAW level slider
SUB OSC level slider
SUB OSC select slider
NOISE level slider
FREQ: cutoff frequency slider
RES: resonance slider
ENV: envelope depth slider
MOD: modulation depth slider
KYBD: key follow slider
ENV/GATE select switch
GATE+TRIG/GATE/LFO select switch
A: attack time slider
D: decay time slider
S: sustain level slider
R: release time slider
TRANSPOSE switch (L/M/H)
VCO BENDER sens slider
VCF BENDER sens slider
LFO MOD slider
PORTAMENTO select switch (AUTO/OFF/ON)
PORTAMENTO time knob
MENU switch and indicator
1/LOAD switch and indicator
2/PLAY switch and indicator
3/DOWN switch and indicator
4/U&D switch and indicator
5/UP switch and indicator
6/HOLD switch and indicator
7/KEY TRANSPOSE switch and indicator
8 switch and indicator
4 notes (Polyphonic)
1 OCT/2 OCT
7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
CV OUT jack: mono miniature phone type
GATE OUT jack: mono miniature phone type
EXT CLK IN jack: mono miniature phone type
PHONES jack: stereo miniature phone type
OUTPUT jack: stereo miniature phone type
MIX IN jack: stereo miniature phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
USB port: Micro-B type (Audio, MIDI)
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
USB bus power
500 mA (USB bus power)
Expected battery life under continuous use
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: Approx. 6 hours
* This can vary depending on the specifications of the batteries, capacity of the batteries, and the conditions of use.