Roland SH-01 Gaia

Synthesizer

  • With 37 full-size keys
  • 64-Note polyphony
  • Three virtual-analog tone generators, each with its own oscillator, filter, amplifier, envelope and LFO
  • Up to five simultaneously layerable effects such as distortion, flanger, delay, reverb, low boost
  • Direct access to functions
  • Battery or mains operation
  • D Beam, arpeggiator and phrase recorder
  • 64 Presets + 64 User memory
  • USB ports for external storage of user data and for an audio / MIDI connection with a computer
  • Connections: 6.3 mm Jack output (L/MONO, R), headphone output, pedal, MIDI I/O, stereo input 3.5 mm mini jack
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 689 x 100 x 317 mm
  • Weight: 4.2 kg
  • Incl. power supply (PSB-1U)
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Further information

Number Of Keys 37
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch No
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel Yes
Amount of simultaneous tones 64
Sound Engine Virtual Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Storage Medium USB to Device
USB-port Yes
Effects Multieffect processor
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output No
Display No
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Amazing Gaia!!

Asterios, 04.09.2017
This is an amazing virtual-analog synth!!
This is not a "nice toy" (like a reviewer wrote here) but a serious old-fashioned synth! If you're used to modern screen-menu diving based synths with hunderds factory-ready presets and no need to design your own presets, then you may not like this synth, BUT if you'd like to learn how to program a synth with no hidden screen menus (like the good old times) and be able to make almost every sound you imagine, in a clear-visible way, then try this synth! Maybe it's for you!

I have already some modern synths (with deep menu diving screens, etc) but Gaia is really unique!! I guess it may be my favorite synth!!

Pros:
Amazing old-school interface & sounds!
Triple-stacked engine (like 3 synths in one!)
Hands-on control with logically arranged knobs, sliders, and buttons!
High-performance value!
Nice price (from Thomann!)

Cons:
The only con (for me) is that I would like to see a little screen, just to name-organize my presets-sounds, but due to the nature of Gaia (old-school synth) I understand it!

All in all, highly recommended, if you like old-school synths with no menu diving!!
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Nice Toy

Sjoerd W., 08.01.2014
This thing is ok, but I find it a hassle programming three synth layers using the hardware. Easier through the software, and also to save patches etc. I later bought an Access Virus and with hindsight I could have done without the SH-01 because it is mostly just gathering dust now.
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