The Roland SH-101 is a vintage monophonic synth from 1983 that could be used as a standard keyboard or as a keytar with an optional grip handle.
It’s a fairly stripped down synth, offering:
- 1 VCO with separate levels for saw, square and suboscillator
- 1 LFO
- Self-resonant low-pass filter
- 1 VCA
- 32 note keyboard with arpeggiator
- Clock, CV & Gate control voltage jacks
The Roland SH-101 was pre-MIDI and has no patch memory, but has knobs for everything, making it a highly tweakable performance synth. It was made in several colors, including gray, blue and red.
Famous users include Bjork, Vince Clarke, The Cars, Future Sound Of London, Human League, MUno Reactor, Mike Oldfield, Orbital, The Prodigy, and Youth.
Roland SH-101 Resources:
- Roland SH-101 on WikiPedia
- Gordon Reid shows how to make a brass lead on the Roland SH-101 at SOS
- Video demos via DinSync
video via DINSYNC