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
Number of simultaneous Voices 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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Fantastic Little Synth
Dubm, 16.11.2019
What a brilliant little synth, it arrived this morning and I,m still playing with it. I haven’t had so much fun and delight in years with a synth and I,ve been playing since I got my first synth a Korg Poly 800 in 1984 and I’ve many keyboards since then.

The immediate playability is amazing and it’s such a liberating experience not to have pages of menus to go through just to change something. All of the major setting are at hand on a button Or a slider. Most of the 64 presets are very good and really get the creative juice flowing and you 64 locations for your own sounds too.

Pros
Great big fat sound
Easy to use
Small and light
Has effects
Has phrase looper
Appegiator
64 note poly
Great price by Thomann

Cons
None if you accept this for what it is
It’s not a Pure analog synth
It’s Digital, So what, you have a lot of fun with this and it is inspiring in its own little way and there is very little around in this price bracket that will match the features and playability of the little baby.

Just buy one.
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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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Macht Spaß, klingt eher weich
Herbert P., 18.07.2017
Ich habe mir den Gaia als Zweit-Synthesizer neben meinem Nord Lead A1, wohl wissend der Abstriche in Relation zum Preissegment, gegönnt.

Als erstes habe ich einen direkten Soundvergleich der reinen Oszillatoren aufgenommen, mit Rechteck Variation rot, Dreieck grün und Sinus rot klingen sie verblüffend ähnlich.
Danach habe ich die unterschiedlichen Filter mit angepassten Resonanzeinstellungen verglichen, ebenfalls im Blindtest nicht zu unterscheiden. Somit kann das Teil nicht so übel klingen, wie manche in Foren meinen.

Allgemein klingt der Gaia eher weich, der Nord dagegen heller und transparenter. Auch die FX Sektion ist beim A1 mächtiger und klingt besser. Der beim Gaia fehlende Chorus kann man für Pads teilweise durch den Supersaw mit unterschiedlicher Variation (Intensität) ersetzen. Die über MIDI anspielbaren PCM Klänge klingen gut, offenbar die gleichen GM Sounds wie z.B. beim Juno-Di. Man kann diese auch mit CC91 (Reverb) und CC93 (Chorus) anreichern.

Die Bedienung und das Editieren ist einfach und macht Spaß, wenn man sich eine Liste der meistverwendeten Shift Befehle macht, vermisst man auch kein Display.
Es gibt sogar eine sauber programmierte Freeware, das Gaia tool, mit den man Patchverwaltung betreiben kann.
Tip: Will man den Arpeggiator über DAW synchronisieren, muss man den Remote Keyboard switch einschalten: CANCEL und V-LINK, REC und ARPEGGIO, sowie die Clock Source auf USB bzw. MIDI legen: CANCEL und V-LINK, LFO[TEMPO SYNC] und z.B. REVERB=USB
Leider ist dann das Arpeggio nicht mehr über die Tastaturen zu triggern, sondern nur beim Ablaufen des Songs zu hören, das ist beim Komponieren und Einspielen ungut.

Auch wenn aus Metall gefertigte, schwere Teile den Eindruck machen, wertiger zu sein, ist die Hardware gut und stabil, die Aluplatte ist aufgrund der Struktur im Gegenteil zum Nord Fingerabdruck-unempfindlich.
Leider sind die Drehregler sehr wackelig, habe aber noch nichts über Ausfälle, wie beim Blofeld oder bei Dave Smith, gefunden.
Die Tastatur geht etwas strenger als die Leichtgängige vom Nord Lead, somit zum dynamischen Spielen besser.

Fazit: Jeder Synth hat seinen Sound, wenn man den eher weichen Klang mag, dann ist er ein nettes und preiswertes Gerät für den Einstieg in die Welt der subtraktiven Synthese.
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