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Roland Boutique SE-02 Analog Synthesizer

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A collaborative effort from Roland and Studio Electronics, the SE-02 is part of Roland's Boutique Designer Series. The SE-02 uses authentic discrete analog circuitry to create a synthesizer with a distinctly vintage sound and vast programming options. With an array of high-quality knobs and switches and a uniquely creative onboard sequencer, the SE...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

A collaborative effort from Roland and Studio Electronics, the SE-02 is part of Roland's Boutique Designer Series. The SE-02 uses authentic discrete analog circuitry to create a synthesizer with a distinctly vintage sound and vast programming options. With an array of high-quality knobs and switches and a uniquely creative onboard sequencer, the SE-02 delivers massive tone and texture with expressive hands-on control.

Beyond Typical Analog
The SE-02's monophonic synthesizer engine features three voltage-controlled oscillators, a voltage-controlled 24 dB low-pass filter, and a dual gain-stage amplifier. The oscillators have six different kinds of waveforms with the warmth and complex character associated with true analog VCOs. What’s more, these VCOs are temperature stabilized with automatic tuning, so you get all the benefits and none of the downsides.

The SE-02 is big and bold, with thick, rich lows and clear, vibrant highs—exactly what you think of when you imagine classic vintage synth tone. And while the SE-02 can create astonishingly great vintage sounds, it can do so much more. It has three types of cross modulation (XMOD), a ripping filter feedback loop, a tempo-syncing LFO with nine waveforms, envelope sweeping and inverting, oscillator sync, a noise generator, and a tempo-syncing delay.

While it’s a compact “go-anywhere” device, the knobs, switches, and buttons are sturdy and plentiful, giving you a vast palette of sound-shaping capabilities at your fingertips. Everything is hands-on and knob-per-function, with deep control and a logical, intuitive layout. To get started, you can choose from 384 expertly programmed preset sounds that cover a wide range of classic and modern tones. Tweak and modify these sounds or create something completely new, storing your own custom creations in the 128 available user locations.

A More Musical Sequencer
The SE-02 includes a powerful 16-step sequencer to add motion and dimension to your sounds. It can sync to external tempo via MIDI, USB, or trigger input, and per-step gate time, adjustable glide, tempo, and patch number are stored with each sequence. Creative performance features allow you to set shuffle, scale, direction, and first/last steps on the fly. Even synth parameters can be automated by sequencing changes—just press a step and move a control. And despite the SE-02s compact size, the sequencer is fun and intuitive, lending itself to both studio and live usage. You can store 128 sequence patterns and construct 16 songs, each with up to 16 parts.

Modern Flexibility
The SE-02 is built solidly with a rugged metal top and quality knobs and switches. And despite having a control for just about everything, it’s small enough to take just about anywhere. Due to its Roland Boutique format, it fits in our K-25m or DK-01 accessory docks, so you can add an integrated 25-key mini keyboard or have various tilt options for easy access in a variety of live and studio situations.

The SE-02 also features convenient 1/8-inch stereo jacks that reduce cable clutter, plus full-sized, standard MIDI jacks for connecting any kind of keyboard you want or controlling the SE-02 remotely. And as with other Roland Boutique synths, Chain Mode lets you increase the polyphony by connecting two or more SE-02 units together via MIDI.

There are CV inputs for both pitch and filter frequency, as well as trigger in and out, so the SE-02 works great with modular setups and other vintage gear. You can route external audio signals through the filter section, and there’s even USB audio and MIDI capabilities to seamlessly integrate with computer-based setups.

About Studio Electronics
Studio Electronics is a leader in excellence and ingenuity in analog synthesizer design since 1988. Makers of the revered MidiMini, SE-1, ATC-1, Omega 8, CODE 8, Boomstar, and Tonestar, Studio Electronics produces premium-quality musical instruments, hand-built in the USA.

Features

  • Discrete analog circuitry with knob-per-function interface
  • Three voltage controlled oscillators with six waveforms
  • Three types of cross modulation (XMOD), feedback loop, and noise generator
  • Tempo-syncing LFO with nine waveforms
  • Save and recall sounds with 384 preset and 128 user locations
  • Musical and intuitive pattern sequencer with song mode
Specifications
Sounds
  • Polyphony (max): 1 voice
  • VCO: 3
  • VCF: 1
  • Envelope Generator (EG): 1
  • LFO: 1
  • Mixer: Yes
  • Included presets: 384
  • User preset slots: 128
Connectivity
  • Output: Mono
  • MIDI Connectivity: In/Out
  • Line input: Yes, mono
  • USB Connectivity: Yes
  • Headphone out: Yes
  • Other: CV, Gate
Onboard Features
  • Sequencer: 16-step
  • Arpeggiator: No
  • Display: No
  • Effects: Yes
  • Pitch bend/Modulation: No
Other
  • Width: 11.81 in.
  • Height: 6.75 in.
  • Depth: 1.81 in.
  • Weight: 2.2 lb.
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RolandBoutique SE-02 Analog Synthesizer
 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (3)

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3.0

Sounds Nice Hard to Tame

By RKM

from Los Angeles

Comments about Roland Boutique SE-02 Analog Synthesizer:

The filter is great, I loved the sequencer but dialing in a smooth sound is harder than it should be. This thing wants to be pushed into distorted/feedback/screaming territory with just the smallest rotation of any knob. Even the presets this thing comes with are mostly unusable.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

No better analog synth for the money

By Nope

from Never

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound

Cons

  • Difficult to Use

Best Uses

  • Electronic Music

Comments about Roland Boutique SE-02 Analog Synthesizer:

The only downside to this synth is its size, particularly the knobs. However, this can be fixed with a knob transplant a la rogan knobs.

It sounds amazing and has tons of modulation options.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Incredible sounds.

By Andrew

from undisclosed

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Verified Buyer

Comments about Roland Boutique SE-02 Analog Synthesizer:

Sonically, this is one of the best synths Roland has put out in years. Big charismatic analog sound and plenty of ways to sculpt it to your liking. If you are familiar with Boutique form factor, then you will understand that the knobs here are indeed small. This might be an issue for some, and definitely makes it harder to use in certain environments. Roland lets you map out CC controls via MIDI, so the small knobs might not be an issue for playing live if you have a controller keyboard.

Other than sound and size, the included sequencer is an upgrade from previous boutique models, and there is also automation for parameters. Plenty of preset sounds makes it easy to get started exploring the synth, and also includes lots of memory for saving your own patches. Worth the buy.

 
5.0

Awesome

By Nitefly

from El Paso

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music

    Comments about Roland Boutique SE-02 Analog Synthesizer:

    I was looking into studio electronics gear for many years and never decided to get one. Now with the SE-02 the decision was easy. The sound of this machine is just great. Since it takes some concepts from the famous MM heritage, there are some similarities but much more of its own character and power. With the versatile sequencer with parameter steps, the patch memory and "under the hood" feature make it a no-brainer for any analog synth fan and serious musician. It is an incredible synth with no real competition.
    The form factor of the Roland Boutique products might be a little small at first but I got used to it fast, and don't forget what you really get in this small package..

     
    5.0

    Best three oscillator synth of its class

    By J Cooper

    from New York

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • DAW integration
    • Easy to Use
    • Interfaces
    • Portable
    • Sequencer

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Electronic Music
      • Studio
      • Travel

      Comments about Roland Boutique SE-02 Analog Synthesizer:

      There simply is no mono synth with this pedigree with this feature set and sound.
      Roland and Studio Electronics really extended the design to make the SE-02 unique rather than a replica.
      For someone switching between sessions and on stage switching between songs, I don't have time to dial in settings.
      - The SE-02 with the new patch designer/librarian software makes editing and storing a breeze.
      - The sequencer is excellent in every possible way, especially the motion sequencing - giving life to a sequence by recording all the knob movements.
      - The USB audio and midi are fantastic, I get pristine audio directly into my DAW.
      - When I play live, I only have to bring this in a small case and a midi controller and I am ready for an entire set, playing bass or leads.
      - The cross modulation makes this a truly modern and vicious sounding synth.
      - the tape delay is hauntingly beautiful.
      - The bass is astounding.
      There is no other synth on the market this size with these features.

       
      4.0

      Minimoog type Synth on Steroids.

      By William

      from undisclosed

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      Comments about Roland Boutique SE-02 Analog Synthesizer:

      Sounds great and works nicely with my current system.

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