The Roland SH-101 Synthesizer

Marko Ettlich takes a look at the vintage Roland SH-101 synthesizer, released in1983.

Exploration by Marko Ettlich monophonic analog synthesis 1 VCO I Saw, Square, PWM, Noise Filter – 24dB lowpass step sequencer, arpeggiator It has been used by The Prodigy, 808 State, Apollo 440, Devo, Aphex Twin, Astral Projection, Nitzer Ebb, Chemical Brothers, Boards of Canada and many more.

Derek Johnson had this to say in SOS about the Roland SH-101:

Whether for providing thundering, sub-oscillator bass or exciting the ether with new-agey, whispery, pipe-like sounds, the SH101 has carved its own niche. For rave and dance in general, you can’t go far wrong — bleeps and filter sweeps simply ooze from its modest grey case.

Got your own thoughts on the Roland SH-101? Let us know!

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6 thoughts on “The Roland SH-101 Synthesizer

  1. Great demo and it fetched back memories, that sound is stunning , on a par with a jen Sx1000.
    This was a great demo when will Roland fetch out another analogue.

    1. The CX5 was the future (for some very rough definition of what it means to be the future) and it’s still a neat machine. It does not have the great sound that an SH-101 might bring to the table but depending on the software you have there’s some serious flexibility in there and FM sounds seem to be all the rage in certain types of music. I venture to predict that after the new real analog wave has broken we’ll see a resurgence of old digital accompanied by a wave of new digital synths (there were and are some around already). What I just wanted to say: Hold on to your CX5m because it’ll be cool again someday in the nearer future (or not, who knows?). 🙂

  2. Yes, I’m also thinking that dirty digital sounds may come in stronger. Romplers are cheap on ebay, fm is cheapish. The biscuit seems like it’s selling some (I wouldn’t say no to one). Maybe some broken digital too with some circuit bent sounds for a twist on the rompler cheese.
    Also I’ll add that the albums from the likes of Squarepusher and Shpongle etc etc is enough in my view to give the 101 some classic or cult status amongst musicians hence it’s current value.

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