MATRIXSYNTH: Roland Boutique SH-01A sound demo

Friday, September 29, 2017

Roland Boutique SH-01A sound demo

Published on Sep 29, 2017 ollilaboratories

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I have had the privilege to try out the new Roland Boutique SH-01A boutique synth. I have never owned an SH-101 myself, I have played them a couple times but not really spent any significant amount of time with them the last 15-20 years or so.

I know this is a classic synth, and I can understand why because this puppy just screams to be played and sequenced to the max and it sounds really really great.

A few words on the video/demo format. There are loads and loads of videos and demos out there already, and my take on this noodle sound demo session is to show you a bit how i work with synths when designing sounds. So there will not just be dry signals, you will hear and see some of my favorite effects paired up with the SH-01A whenever I find a sound that works for me.

So no deep dive into features, it is just me playing and the SH-01A doing what it does best, eg being really fun and inspiring synth.

Yes ! it is both monophonic, polyphonic AND you can run all voices in unison for some extra wide and fat leads. I don't do unison in this video though since it was way too loud, sorry for that.. but trust me, its fat :D

I tried to blend the playing with FX to a level so that the dry parts were audible as well, but as you know i like my FX so it tends to be a bit more wet at times :) If you have any questions let me know.

FX (from left to right, connected in series) .. audio out from SH01A in mono to SolidGoldFX imperial (fuzz), EarthQuakerDevices Space spiral (modulated delay), Catalinbread CSIDMAN (granular delay), tc electronic ditto X2 (looper), Strymon el Capsitan (tape echo), Strymon blueSky (reverb) -- to mixer and 2 track. The track is slightly normalized to keep some of the peaks under control, else what you see is what you hear.


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