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Average rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Matt a part-time user from New York writes:
The SH-201 is not a terrible synth. It's not spectacular, but what can you expect for <$600? The down side is that, as much as it wants to be an ANALOG modelling synth, many of the sounds it produces are dry, cold and brittle. The saws, for example, have the bad habit of sounding like video-game beeps in the higher octaves. The resonance filter has a shrillness that isn't matched with any real depth. On the other hand, this is a very easy instrument to use -- and an excellent board to learn on. It has all the features that many people crave from a synth -- an arpeggiator, audio in, some reasonably good effects, portamento, two "oscillators," LFO -- at an affordable price. But it's hard to shake the feeling that, while this is a great educational instrument, it is hardly up to the needs of a performing musician and the rigors of gigging.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-08-2007 at 22:34
Cai Brown a professional user from England writes:
This synth is not what I expected, but it has a very rewarding use if controlled properly. Sounds with resonance and echo effects come out very well, and it can be ideal for getting a spacey sound.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-09-2007 at 12:38
junoid a part-time user from spain writes:
This is my message to all the idiots who think 32 patches are O.K. Juno 106 from 1984 has 128 User-patches,Display, Sysex-dump and the sound is analog !!!

And hier we are; in 2007 Sh 201 has 32 patches, no display,the sound is boring digital and a lot of aliasing-problem on supersaw-oscilator.

Bye bye Roland

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-04-2007 at 13:15
olivier a professional user from los angeles writes:
Made in China (sad). Cool synth for $400. Good Roland Supersaw models. I use its audio in with my Akai AX73 and it makes the sound scream. The Editor and its ability to run as a VSTi is really hip. Very stable USB port. Lots of fun. KNOBS!! I own 2 Virus Ti and the SH-201 manages to bring a different sound. GREAT VALUE! A+

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-09-2007 at 18:35
bagaluga a professional user from UK writes:
Roland did a big mistake again like SH 32.forget the editor-software.its useless and waste of time for professional production. the USB is to slow for audio. no wonder that the price is falling. you can buy a new SH 201 for 499 Euro. it seems that Roland will stop to produce this useless toy in next time. i hope they create a much better version. peace

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-29-2007 at 12:28
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