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Roland SH-201

Virtual Analog Synthesizer

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Roland SH-201
Roland SH-201
400.00 street price

Except the name, SH-201 has nothing to do with the series of SH analog synthesizers made by Roland. This is quite simple and yet easy-to-use budget synthesizer with all the main functions of a virtual analog instrument - 10-voice polyphony, a wide choice of waveforms of digital oscillators, LFO, 12 and 24 dB filters, envelope generators for filter and amplifier, effects processor offering reverberation and modulatable delay, as well as overdrive (in the amp section). SH-201 has a good pattern-arpeggiator with 32 possible rhythm patterns.

Unfortunately, the memory of the presets leaves much to be desired - only 32 + 32 (factory and user presets). But there is a USB port for the computer and the ability to control the synthesizer via the application, as well as an integrated recorder for recording tracks.

The synthesizer also has a standard MIDI IN/OUT connectivity, one pedal for assignable functions, and an input for the audio source.

There is a Roland patented controller - D-Beam. Since this is a classic version of the instrument with the "one button per function" approach, the manufacturer decided to economize and offered no screen at all.

Nevertheless, SH-201 is a good portable synthesizer for a wide target audience, capable of giving an interesting result, which can be defined as "typical Roland sound with hints at JP-8000". If it is of great importance for you that the instrument possesses a wider range of possibilities and a better sound path, choose Roland V-Synth. As time goes by, the prices of second hand instruments differ not as drastically as they do when the units are just released.

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Usage area
Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Archetype
Virtual Analog (VA) 
Polyphony
Voices10
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Oscillator Type Digital
Oscillators per voice2
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Sine
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Trapezoid
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Super Saw
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset32
User-defined Single Voice32
Filter
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Band-pass Filter (BPF) 
12dB 
24dB 
Resonance 
Envelope Generator (EG)
FilterADSR
AmpADSR
ADSR 
Modulation
LFO: LFO Count2
LFO Waveforms
Sample&Hold 
Effects
Reverb 
Delay 
Arpegiator/ Portamento
Arpegiator 
Arpeggio presets32
MIDI
General MIDI (GM) 
MIDI in/ out
IN 
OUT 
Keys
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Size4
Number of Keys49
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend/ Modulation Lever 
D-Beam Infra Red Controller 
External controllers
Foot Controller1
Audio out
Stereo 
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)2
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Audio in
RCA2
Computer Interfaces
USB USB PC Link
USB MIDI through USB
Power
Voltage 9V
Power Supply External
Power Supply External, USB
Dimensions
Height107 mm
Width884 mm
Depth354 mm
Weight5.2 kg
Case/ body
Plastic 
Color
Black 
Production start2006
Production ended

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