In his latest Sonic Lab video, host Nick Batt takes a look at the new Roland SE-02, created in collaboration with Studio Electronics.
The SE-02 is not a clone of the Minimoog, but is heavily inspired by the classic Model D design. It’s a three oscillator + 24dB ladder filter analog synth, like the Minimoog, but also offers delay, a step sequencer and USB audio.
Batt says that the SE-02 sounds really good, but that its compact size makes it fiddly to use, compared to an original Minimoog.
The Roland SE-02 is one of two recently introduced Minimoog-inspired synths:
- The SE-02 has a street price of about US $500, and is an updated design with many features not available on vintage Minimoogs, including stable oscillators, new modulation options, patch memory, full MIDI control, digital delay and more.
- The Behringer D has a street price of about US $300. It is closer to a Minimoog clone, using updated circuits, and adding minimal MIDI support and some CV patch points. It copies the Model D look, but shrinks it down to Eurorack size.
Both companies are aiming to create a budget Minimoog-inspired analog monosynth. Both have kept the price down by leaving off the keyboard, using a small form factor and mass production.
Roland SE-02 Features:
- Discrete analog circuitry with knob-per-function interface
- Three voltage controlled oscillators with six waveforms
- Temperature-stabilized oscillators with automatic tuning
- 24 dB low-pass filter and dual gain-stage amplifier
- Three types of cross modulation (XMOD), feedback loop, and noise generator
- Tempo-syncing LFO with nine waveforms
- Tempo-syncing digital delay with bypass to maintain analog signal path
- Save and recall sounds with 384 preset and 128 user locations
- Musical and intuitive pattern sequencer with song mode
- Sequence notes, gate time, glide, and synth parameters
- CV, VCF CV and gate inputs, plus trigger in/out
- External Input for routing audio through the SE-02’s filter section
- Standard MIDI, USB-MIDI, and USB-Audio
- Create a polyphonic synth by using Chain Mode to connect two or more SE-02s together via MIDI
Pricing and Availability
The Roland SE-02 is available now for US $499. See the Roland site for details.
If you’ve tried the Roland SE-02, share your thoughts on it in the comments!