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Roland Gaia SH-01

Virtual Analog Synthesizer

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Roland Gaia SH-01
Roland Gaia SH-01
600.00 street price

Gaia SH-01, although it uses the legendary Roland abbreviation SH, nevertheless has nothing in common with the famous analog synthesizers of the 80's, although it emulates their sounds quite well. It is a compact synthesizer sporting mixed architecture which has a 16-part multitimbrality, and only one part of is generated through a virtual analog engine, and the others can be generated out of PCM-samples.

Gaia SH-01 replaced SH-201, though they share a common concept, however, each of them has pros and cons. Generally Gaia is more productive (more voices, presets, arpeggiator patterns) and has a better keyboard, while SH-201 has more octaves and 10 virtual analog voices, as well as 2 main oscillators and 2 LFOs (for Gaia - 1 LFO) as well as excellent editing software.

Like SH-201, Gaia does not have a screen - all the managing and control is carried out via the backlit buttons. The instrument features a nice interface, all control elements are logically grouped.

What makes Gaia SH-01 stand out in the segment of inexpensive VA synthesizers is that it provides you with 3 independent sound layers, each of which contains an oscillator, filter and attenuator with its own settings. Gaia has a good set of filters, however, it gives way to some competitors due to lacking a built-in vocoder.

As for the connectivity, you’re golden, considering the competitive price. There is a MIDI input and output, USB to a computer with MIDI support and a port for USB drive, a stereo line output, headphones output, as well as a stereo input and a pedal jack.

We should note that Gaia SH-01 is a real good synthesizer, which will please both beginners, who will find themselves speaking the same language, as well as experienced musicians who will appreciate the excellent sound and elaborate architecture, and will breathe out putting more expensive units aside for a moment and have a rest from heaped instruments. In addition to the wall wart power, Gaia can run on batteries, which, thanks to the compactness of the device as well, makes it possible to take it to live performances and not think about how manage a lot of power cables.

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Usage area
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Virtual Analog (VA) 
Multi Timbral Capacity16 part(s)
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Oscillator Type Digital
Technology of Sound Generation PCM
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Sine
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Square
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Super Saw
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) White Noise
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator): Waveform Count21
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset64
User-defined Single Voice64
Digital (DCF) 
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Band-pass Filter (BPF) 
Envelope Generator (EG)
LFO Waveforms
Bit Crusher/ Crush 
Ring Modulation 
Tracks count1
User Songs Templates8
Arpegiator/ Portamento
Arpeggio presets64
General MIDI (GM) 
MIDI in/ out
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Number of Keys37
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend/ Modulation Lever 
D-Beam Infra Red Controller 
External controllers
Foot Controller1
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)2
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Audio in
Analog 1/8"1
Computer Interfaces
USB USB Storage
USB MIDI through USB
Voltage 9V
Power Supply External
Power Supply Internal, Accumulators
Amperage0.600 A
Height100 mm
Width689 mm
Depth317 mm
Weight4.2 kg
Case/ body
Production start2010

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