SH01a arrived today. It took 3 weeks, was out of storage…
The look is great. Build quality is top.
It’s my first boutique and I read so many negative comments about the size. That they are only toys and not operable. I have to say I love the size, I have very limited space so that’s one reason of course. But it’s so portable as well and for me at least, there aren’t any problems in tweaking this thing. The knobs and faders feel very good.
I don’t have particular small hands, but yeah… The size for this synth at least is perfect to me. The interface is genius, but that’s a general thing with the 101.
The sequencer is fun, chord and poly modes are a very nice addition.
But I thought I would be more impressed with the sound…
I love the 101 sounds on records, on youtube videos. Never heard the original in reality.
It sounds very good, and I could create thick bass sounds in no time (opposite to working with the A4), but compared to TAL 101 or Diva or something like those vsts, Roland’s ACB doesn’t sound particular better to my ears.
I also tried to design some pad sounds. It works, but I’m not sure so far if it’s very suited for this. I liked most of the pads only played with two notes. 3-4 notes became a bit muddy.
But I have to give it more time of course.
So far: Look, interface, size great. Sound not that special to my ears, at least compared to plugins available today. Would love to hear a original one.
EDIT: The manual seems like a joke