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Roland SH-201 Synthesizer

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Perfect for musicians new to synthesizers or pros looking for authentic analog sounds, the Roland SH-201 Synth features Roland's famous Supersaw waveform, resonant filter, saturation control, and more... Click To Read More About This Product

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Perfect for musicians new to synthesizers or pros looking for authentic analog sounds, the Roland SH-201 Synth features Roland's famous Supersaw waveform, resonant filter, saturation control, and more.

Great Analog-Style Sound
Even though it's super fun and easy to use, the Roland SH-201 is no toy when it comes to sound. With two beefy analog-modeling oscillators onboard, complete with Roland's Supersaw waveform and resonant filter, this little synth can blow down doors. It also comes with high-quality delay and reverb effects for adding depth and dimension to the sound, an overdrive control for adding a ripsaw edge, and an arpeggiator for instant rhythmic motion.

Ultra-Easy Operation
This is synthesis at its friendliest. The Roland SH-201's front panel puts every control directly under the player's fingertips in a logically positioned signal path from left to right. No hidden menus, no nonsense. Just play and move the knobs and sliders. It's as simple as that. Students of synthesis will love the ease and immediate gratification of this Roland synthesizer. No other modern synth on the market is as fun, friendly, and inviting.

External Audio Input
Playing the SH-201 from its keyboard is only half the fun. External audio sources can be plugged into the SH-201's external input (CD/MP3 player, sampler, etc.) and the sound can be twisted with the front-panel knobs and sliders. Wave your hands over the SH-201's invisible D-beam for dramatic modulation.

USB Connectivity
The Roland synth can be connected to a computer (Mac or PC) with one simple USB cable. Both MIDI and audio can be routed through the USB port. A VSTi software editor is included, which allows SH-201 sounds to be manipulated from within a VSTi-compatible host software sequencer.


  • Great-sounding analog-modeling synth
  • 49 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys
  • Ultra-EZ front panel is logically designed to teach the basics of synthesis
  • External input for manipulating external audio from CD/MP3 players, etc.
  • Built-in delay, reverb, and saturation effects
  • Arpeggiator adds instant rhythmic motion to sounds
  • USB port for audio/MIDI connection to computer
  • VSTi Editor software included for computer integration
  • Invisible infrared D-beam controller
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RolandSH-201 Synthesizer

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(24 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


The best little synth

By Johnny Lenin

from Jersey City

Comments about Roland SH-201 Synthesizer:

It's hard to think of bad things to say about the Roland SH-201. The only thing that I can come up with is that the construction and the keyboard are a bit cheesy, but what do you expect at this price point. As analog modeling synths go, this one is pretty good. Of course you can't get completely authentic analog sounds from a digital synth -- you shouldn't expect to! -- but you can certainly get great sounds that sound analog to anyone hearing it out of a speaker. The beauty of this synth is its simplicity. The control layout is strangely reminiscent of the 80s vintage Roland Jupiter 6. The controls are set up in such a way that everything from creating new patches from waveforms to applying filters and oscillators is very simple. No, this board does not have a display. It doesn't need one; neither did the SH-101 or the Jupiter series. You get a really strong hands-on feeling from the SH-201. You can alter patches in real-time and save up to 32 user patches. The pre-sets are even pretty good -- certainly useable. What's more, the USB connectivity is very useful -- unheard of at this price range -- for programming arpeggios and importing new patches. The software interface is a bit confusing, but it's manageable. This is my favorite synth. I also own a Roland Fantom X6, which I use more because it has more features -- and it has some good organ sounds -- but as a SYNTH, I far prefer playing the SH-201. Great bang for the buck; great sounds. Much fun.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)



By ROB247365

from Waukesha, WI

Comments about Roland SH-201 Synthesizer:

So Im strolling through Guitar Center like I do once a week to see whats new. I just happened to hit a key on the SH-201 and one of the sexiest beats I've ever heard starts playing. I sat down and didn't get up for about an hour and a half. Now if I haden't just payed for my son new electronic drum kit, I would have walked out the door with it. I've used alot of synths during live shows, but the versitility, sound, and layout of the SH-201 makes me feel I need to own this. Next week I have two car payments due, but the week following next, I will walk out of Guitar Center with it under my arm. Then I have to sneak it past the wife and pay off the kids to not tell their mom "Dads bought a new toy. And until then I'll just have to visit it a couple times a week. Its just way to much fun to play with.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)



By Cthulew

from Houston, TX

Comments about Roland SH-201 Synthesizer:

Easy to use. Did I say easy to use? I meant easy to use! The SH-201 is a perfect choice for a keyboard. It acts more like a "scratchboard" when it comes to constructing patches. Lots of sounds are available. The simple panel design makes it easy to learn. Did I say easy to learn? I meant easy to learn!

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Great Sounds And Ease In A Small Package

By Synth>Guitar

from Denver, CO

Comments about Roland SH-201 Synthesizer:

When I first started looking at synths, Roland was never a brand I looked at. I was mainly looking at Korgs. My guitar effects processor is a Korg and I love the sounds I get out of it, so I figured Korg would be my best option for other electronic instruments. Naturally my first thought was the microKORG (which I will be purchasing soon). It is a great little synth that sounds wonderful, but I don't like the small keys. While in guitar center yesterday, I noticed the Roland SH-201 and began playing with it. It was super easy to use. The knob interface is very easy to use without messing around with reading things on an LCD screen. You simply turn a knob and listen. I played a little more and thought "wow. this is amazing, probably way out of my price-range though" I looked at the price tag and was shocked at how such an incredible sounding synth could be so inexpensive. I then moved on to look at Nords. I played a Nord that easily passed $1000 that didn't sound as good as the little Roland SH-201. I moved back to the SH-201 and messed around with it for a good half an hour. It is probably the easiest synth I have used, and is inexpensive. The full size keys were also a plus.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


yeah it's cool

By kyle

from Ann Arbor, Michigan

Comments about Roland SH-201 Synthesizer:

this is a pretty good synth. i'm going to recommend this for you kids who are new to synthesizers and want some regular sized keys, and even for some of you other people who just want a decent synth for a decent price. its good quality, i haven't run into any problems at all and it gets the job done. its got a d-beam which is ridiculous, and the regular sized keys are a huge plus. basically, i really like it. maybe you will maybe you won't. i definitely recommend going to guitar center or wherever you go for your junk and trying this thing out, cause it's pretty great. then you can buy it cause you're not going to regret it

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Synth to teach yourself on

By alex

from Massachusetts

Comments about Roland SH-201 Synthesizer:

I had never touched a synthesizer before buying this and I gotta say, within about eight hours I had it figured out, the design and layout is ridiculously intuitive. The Control knobs and sliders are presented in order so as to show the progression of the sound as it's being synthesized. Not only is it great for experimentation and learning, it also produces fantastic sounds and has a potent Arpeggiator. Probably my favorite feature of the Synth is the D-beam controller which lets you control filter, pitch, or volume just by moving your hand up and down above the infrared sensor. Overall I can't really say how it compares to other synthesizers but it is easy and simple to produce quality sounding..sounds with it and it was a cinch to teach myself what everything from an oscillator to and LFO was. If your new to synths, this is for you.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Roland Just Keeps On Going!

By Phil

from Chicago

Comments about Roland SH-201 Synthesizer:

I wanted to get back to synth hardware, though I love using synth software and my controller, so I thought I'd look at this as I had a great experience with my old JX-3P back in the day. I was happy to see that this Roland product is just as fun as the Jupiter's et al from days gone by! Thanks Roland for staying consitent.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Pound For Pound...

By Lex Of Nascent Productions

from Undisclosed

Comments about Roland SH-201 Synthesizer:

I gotta admit, I wasn't expecting to much but I use it a lot more than I expected. Not only was it in-expensive but it made me realize I LOVE synths. Not to mention the cool sensor function that makes everyone think I payed a grip for it.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Good performance keyboard

By Jonathan Meidell

from Salt Lake City, UT

Comments about Roland SH-201 Synthesizer:

This is a very fun keyboard to play with. There are only a few problems I have with it. First, the casing is plastic, and I don't feel 100% comfortable with it; should be aluminum. Second, there is no way to see the BPM, at least that I know of. You would have to midi it up to something else to control it. Besides these setbacks I love it. It has geat sounds and the arppegiator is very good too. Works even better when connected to a computer. Definately worth the price!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



By Jareth lackey

from Boaz Alabama

Comments about Roland SH-201 Synthesizer:

I love the SH-201 becouse it has some very neat patches. It is easy to use and very old school.


Rolan shocked me.......

By John

from Williamstown, New Jersey

Comments about Roland SH-201 Synthesizer:

I have a problem learnig things so I needed a synth that would be easy to use. I didn't expect to learn how to do everything on it in one night. It's awesome. There are only a few presets on it and that's all you need. From there you edit you heart out to no end. And it's all the easiest thing you'll ever learn how to do in you life. The sounds are great and the D beam is totally cool. If you don't want or need all the bells and whistles of some fancy synthesizer but you want all the great sound and editing potential, you must, must, must buy this keyboard!


I'm an idiot...

By Eric Christian

from Lake Oswego, Oregon

Comments about Roland SH-201 Synthesizer:

I bought a SH-201 brand new about 2 years ago and then I sold it to buy an Access Virus TI which ended up being a big mistake because it was a noisy glitchy piece of junk. Plus it cost an arm and a leg. Luckily I was able to get rid of it so now I've got another SH-201 and it works great. Picked it up like new in a box for $200. The VSTi and audio interface features function flawlessly and it sounds really similar to the Virus IMHO. Plus its dead quiet without any of the popping and cracking sounds the Virus made all the time. Editing the patches is a bit of a pain as you need to load them into the editor in your computer and then use the librarian to load them into the computer but once you get the figure it out its no big deal. If you can find one of these buy it. So now I'm looking for a Roland JP-8000 to really fill out my arsenal.

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