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Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby NCChao1268 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:21 am

Released on 808 day, Roland will be releasing two new boutiques-reissues of the famous TR-808 and SH-101 mono synth. They both look as cool as the original with the SH 01A sporting poly mode. Both have use of the ACB, although maybe for the price they look kind of promising. What are your guys' thoughts on them? Feel free to comment.

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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby Rick N Boogie » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:26 pm

Just had a go with the new SE-02, and it is all it's cracked up to be. Lovely sound, small but engaging interface. I am still in love with the JP-08 I've had for nearly 2 yrs. The Boutique series have been exceptional, imo.
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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby NCChao1268 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:49 am

The SE-02 looks pretty cool, definitely something new that Roland hasn't really done before since the interface doesn't look too much like a Roland, just the over all style of the synth-and the first real analog synth that Roland has done in a long time. You've had the JP-08 for 2 years? I thought they were recently released. When did it come out?

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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby Factory all stars » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:30 pm

Too expensive for what you get,my drums in ableton sound better from the demo I heard,, if they had made them bigger,and real analogue,they could've charged £150 more and sold more,and what the h**l are those ribbon strip things on the 101? all they do is take up valuable room!
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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby Jabberwalky » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:13 am

They should have put a hand grip and guitar strap on that 101.
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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby pelican » Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:59 am

considering boutique means low number production, expensive product. They are oxymorons. F that little format
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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby meatballfulton » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:05 am

The Boutiques are not expensive at all, unless you have a very different definition of expensive than I do.
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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby NCChao1268 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:45 am

What many people say of these boutiques is that they are "a vst in a little box" which is in many ways true considering the digital recreation of them. If the SH 101 boutique was a true analog recreation tuned to sound like the original, I'd buy it in an instant. The two ribbon controllers are stupid and take up tons of space, the classic Roland style joystick would be best on those things. Other boutique synths like the JU-06 sound pretty good, but lack the original six voices and the two banks of patch memory. Personally I think the boutiques are great ideas, but are falling short on a few things.

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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby princefan3 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:10 am

Think they've made a right pigs ear of the SH,what a mess. However I do like the TR08 and it will sit well with my TR09 and I lack space anyway so for me ideal.

I agree with the last post in I think that roland want to give us a hardware experience in a software form.

I think that because a lot of VST s can do so much to a sound these days we search for perfection in our production.
Years back it used to be that's the best I can do now you, the engineer make it sound better.
So does it really matter that it lacks the punch of an old TR808 because others will put it right back for you anyway.
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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby Factory all stars » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:24 am

Too expensive as in ableton sounds better/already own it v £340 for a shrunken vst in a box, and tal bass line 101 £40 v same for the other bit of c**p,that's my definition of too expensive ,gotta admit tho,before I got into vst's I'd of got all of them,like I say,not sure who they're aimed at-kids will be right into computers so should see software is a good if not better,obviously cheaper,older people will clock them for what they are and wish they were bigger/analogue,sure they'll still shift a s**t load tho
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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby supermel74 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:18 pm

Will definitely be picking up the TR-08. I get a kick out of the clowns on youtube saying it sounds like garbage and nothing like a real 808. Most of them would fail to distinguish between the 2 in a blind test.
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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby meatballfulton » Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:51 am

Factory all stars wrote:Too expensive as in ableton sounds better/already own it


But Ableton Live is a DAW (and I own it, too) not an instrument. The Boutiques are cheap as synths go and synths are cheap as instruments go.

Plugins will always be cheaper than hardware, anyway. So hardware mfrs should just fold up their tents?
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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby Ashe37 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:44 pm

supermel74 wrote:Will definitely be picking up the TR-08. I get a kick out of the clowns on youtube saying it sounds like garbage and nothing like a real 808. Most of them would fail to distinguish between the 2 in a blind test.


Most of them probably think all 808s sound like whatever the most common 808 sample set is......
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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Postby Factory all stars » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:32 pm

The bloke asked for opinions,some people like them which is fine,I think they're overpriced,this is also fine,yes Ableton is a daw, with samples that do in my opinion,as good a job,I have hardware for some stuff, vst for others,i grew up on acid house etc,from 86 onwards,and really it's not important what gets the job done,as long as it gets done,blind tests could fool anyone at times, no need for cork sniffing or reverse snobbery,it's about making music at the end of the day, don't suppose ENO gives a s**t who uses what
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