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Roland Boutique SH-01A Synthesizer


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!

    • Roland Boutique SH-01A PRODUCT FEATURES:

      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.

      Sound Generator Section

      Maximum Polyphony: 4 voices


      User Memory

      Sound Patch: 64

      Sequencer Pattern: 64


      VOLUME knob

      Ribbon controllers C1, C2

      LFO section:

      RATE indicator and slider

      WAVE FORM select knob

      VCO section:

      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

      VCF section:

      FREQ: cutoff frequency slider

      RES: resonance slider

      ENV: envelope depth slider

      MOD: modulation depth slider

      KYBD: key follow slider

      VCA section:

      ENV/GATE select switch

      ENV section:

      GATE+TRIG/GATE/LFO select switch

      A: attack time slider

      D: decay time slider

      S: sustain level slider

      R: release time slider

      Controller section:

      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

      Power switch

      Step Sequencer

      100 steps

      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)

      Power Supply

      Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4

      Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4

      USB bus power

      Current Draw

      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.


      Owner's Manual


      Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4

      Options (sold separately)

      Keyboard Unit: K-25m

      Boutique Dock: DK-01



      300 mm

      11-13/16 inches


      128 mm

      5-1/16 inches


      46 mm

      1-13/16 inches

      Weight (including batteries)

      965 g

      2 lbs 3 oz

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