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Roland SH-201 or Novation X-Station 49

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:37 pm
by paugui

I want a portable synth to be able to transport it quite easily, but don't want to spend to much money, 600 euros the most, as I already have some MIDI keyboards and two synths (a Korg Triton and a Yamaha AN1x as well as the Korg Legacy software).

I was thinking about a synth with 3 or 4 octaves and low weight, good for leads but able to do some experimental stuff, as I will be playing in a group of progressive rock / jazz-fusion kind of stuff.
The ones that seemed good to me were the Roland SH-201 and the Novation X-Station 49, I played both and liked the sound of both, despite I didn't had that much time with each of them. I would also like a synth whose sound would be a good compliment to the sound of the ones I already have.

Which one would you choose? Or would you choose other model (I wouldn't mind go vintage but here in Portugal there aren't a lot of vintage stuff popping up)?

Thanks in advance
Best regards


Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:03 pm
by Uncle Screwtape
Well, I can't judge either from experience, but I personally am planning to get an X-Station strictly for portability. The fact that it can run on batteries and has preamps make it a perfect inexpensive mobile solution (for my needs). There may be potential for recording synth parts, but I look at it as a tool for mobile sample recording, scratch tracks and writing.

I do have experience with the KS series. I like the synth engine and really liked the feel of the key action.

I've seen a few people put it down, but I figure if you can get one used, it's worth it.

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:15 pm
by quicksilverXP
Both are good.. but it depends on what you want.

SH201 is good if you want the SuperSaw function as well as being able to customize your own Arps with arp editor for your computer.

X-Station is good if you also want to double up as an audio interface. Although I heard the SH201 has an audio interface as well... but not nearly as robust as the X-Station.

THe SH201 can be had for cheaper as well if you buy it used on craigslist or ebay. I've had an X-station for a little bit and I loved it. Worked great as midi controller as well... only problem is I broke two of the slider knobs... the knobs and sliders just seem less relible than the SH201.

Both are plastic as well, so they feel cheap but they are definitely durable.

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:39 pm
by krimzin

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 1:22 pm
by paugui
Thank you all for you help.

I was talking yesterday with a friend of mine that pointed out the that the SH-201 was more physically resistent than the X-Station, which is better on transportation, despite it has bigger dimensions and more weight.
Do you think the same?

Thanks in advance