Roland SH-01A Synthesizer Sound Module

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Get A Classic Synth In A Modern Package With The Roland SH-01A Synthesizer Sound Module


The SH-01Ais a meticulous reproduction of the iconic Roland SH-101, one of the most popular classic synthesizers of all time. Roland's Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology reproduces the SH-101’s legendary sounds by faithfully recreating the actual behavior of the original analog circuits, right down to the fine details and odd quirks that have endeared the synth to musicians and producers for decades. The SH-01A builds on the great sounds and creative immediacy of the original, now in the popular Roland Boutique format-offering exciting new polyphonic capabilities, inspiring new performance features, and a level of authenticity that could only come from Roland.


Original SH-101s are becoming increasingly rare, making them ever more expensive on the used market. Because of this, many have resorted to sample packs, hardware knockoffs, or software plug-ins loosely inspired by the SH-101. The SH-01A accurately recreates what makes the original so special, and the interface, while more compact, is 100% authentic.


One of the most creative features of the original SH-101 was its 100-note step sequencer. Press Load, add sequential notes with legato and rests, and press Play. Easy. Designed to inspire through simplicity, the SH-101 sequencer has been the source of countless bass lines and lead melodies on legendary dance tracks. But the limitation of playing one sequence back at a time has been resolved with the SH-01A. Now you can save and access 64 sequence patterns, perfect for any performance situation. Recall any pattern at any time, and use the iconic sequencer to control your modular rig, hardware synthesizers, and software plugins via CV/Gate, MIDI, and USB. Let the SH-01A be the heart of your electronic instrument setup, on stage orin the studio.  


The SH-101 found its power in a hugemonophonic voice for a wide variety of sounds. The SH-01A now has four huge voices, allowing for more modes to expand upon the original’s sound palette. On top of the classic Mono mode, you can stack the four voices in Unison mode to add some punch to your bass and lead lines. Chord mode layers any four notes, and can be shifted up and down in semi-tone intervals. Poly mode allows for four notes tobe played simultaneously, making the famous monosynth now capable of pads and chords.


The simple design of the SH-101 made patch creation immediate, with sounds quickly forming under the movement of each key and slider. But that inspiring sound could vanish as quickly asit appeared duetoits lack of patch memory. The SH-01A adds 64 writeable patches that can serve as presets for different tracks or quick starting points for experimenting with new sound designs, making inspiration only a button press away.

  • Sounds of the classic SH-101 synthesizer via ACB tech, including bass, lead, noise, and sound effects
  • New Unison, Chord, and four-voice Polyphonic modes expandon the original’s iconic sound palette
  • Built-in sequencer with 64 patterns available to save and recall
  • Easy performance arpeggiator with three playback modes, note hold, and three-way transpose switch
  • CV/Gate output for controlling modular or vintage gear
  • Multiple sync options including internal and external MIDI, MIDI via USB, LFO clock, and trigger input
  • 64 writeable preset patches for increased performance capabilities
  • Selectable advanced LFO with new waveforms and extended range of clock rate
  • Sends and receives MIDI control change messages via traditional MIDI jacks or USB
  • High-quality construction with metal front panel
  • Highly portable for mobile music making•Battery-operated (4 x AA) or USB powered
  • Compatible with the K-25m Keyboard Unit and other optional Roland Boutique accessories
  • Available in limited-edition red and blue colors like the original SH-101

Sound Generator Section

  • Sound Generator Section
  • Maximum Polyphony: 4 voices

User Memory

  • Sound Patch: 64
  • Sequencer Patter: 64
Sound Patch: 64
Sound Patch: 64
Sequencer Pattern: 64 Sequencer Pattern: 64


  • Volume Knob
  • Ribbon Controllers C1, C2

LFO Section

  • Rate Indicator And Slider
  • Wave Form Select Knob

VCO Section

  • Mod Depth Slider
  • Range Select Knob
  • Pulse Width Slider
  • LFO/MAN/ENV Select Switch

Source Mixer Section

  • Pulse Level Slider
  • Saw Level Slider
  • SUB OSC Level Slider
  • SUB OSC Select Slider
  • Noise Level Slider

VCF Section

  • FREQ: cutoff frequency slider 
  • RES: resonance slider 
  • ENV: envelope depth slider 
  • MOD: modulation depth slider 
  • KYBD: key follow slider 

VCA Section

  • ENV/GATE select switch 

ENV Section

  • GATE+TRIG/GATE/LFO select switch 
  • A: attack time slider 
  • D: decay time slider 
  • S: sustain level slider 
  • R: release time slider 

Controller Section

  • TRANSPOSE switch (L/M/H) 
  • VCO BENDER sens slider 
  • VCF BENDER sens slider 
  • LFO MOD slider 
  • PORTAMENTO select switch (AUTO/OFF/ON) 
  • PORTAMENTO time knob 

Sequencer/Arpeggio Section

  • 1/LOAD switch and indicator 
  • 2/PLAY switch and indicator 
  • 3/DOWN switch and indicator 
  • 4/U&D switch and indicator 
  • 5/UP switch and indicator 
  • 6/HOLD switch and indicator 
  • 7/KEY TRANSPOSE switch and indicator 
  • 8/Switch and indicator 

Step Sequencer

  • 100 Steps
  • 4 Notes (Polyphonic)


  • DOWN/U&D/UP 
  • 1 OCT/2 OCT


  • 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)


  • CV OUT jack: mono miniature phone type 
  • GATE OUT jack: mono miniature phone type 
  • EXT CLK IN jack: mono miniature phone type 
  • PHONES jack: stereo miniature phone type 
  • OUTPUT jack: stereo miniature phone type 
  • MIX IN jack: stereo miniature phone type 
  • MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors 
  • USB port: Micro-B type (Audio, MIDI) 

Power Supply

  • Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4 
  • Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4 
  • USB bus power

Current Draw

  • 500 mA (USB bus power) 

Expected Battery Life Under Continuous Use

  • Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: Approx. 6 hours *This can vary depending on the specifications of the batteries, capacity of the ba
    Manufacturer: Roland
    Model: SH-01A
    Warranty: See manufacturer website for details
    SKU: I472529-N-0
    UPC: #761294511459
    Listing ID: NA83932