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Roland SH201 killed me

Postby Primal Drive » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:19 am

This is more of a rant than anything, but holy f**k a duck, Batman!

I've always been of the opinion that any synth, whether RA or VA, simple or complex, inexpensive or costly, can be a useful tool in creating music. Well, I guess I have to admit that I was wrong.

A bass player friend of mine recently bought a used Roland SH201 and lent it to me for a couple of weeks.

This thing sounds like s**t. I've played 20 year old cheep Casios that sound better than this disaster. What the h**l was Roland thinking releasing this peace of junk? My seldom used Red Sound Dark Star has more sound character than this plastic joke of a synth.

The biggest shame is that the layout is so nice. If all those controls were tweaking an impressive synth engine then I'd say this board, regardless of it's cheep, plastic build, would be a definite winner. But the truth is, the pads, leads, and bass (hah, hah, hah) that I tried to coax out of this thing wouldn't rank beyond a child's toy. The VCOs have no character (Ooo, supersaw, woopty f**k do) and the filter is the worst digital c**p I've ever heard.

In short, I hate this god-awful POS. It should've been sold for $19.95 in a Walgreens toy section.

Sorry for all the bullshit, but I hate being proven wrong.

And I hate the sound of the SH201. At least I don't own the f**k thing. :lol:
And then she said, "What the f...?"
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby sensorium » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:45 am

I completely agree. One of the worst sounding synths ever IMO.
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby RobotHeroes » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:20 am

Primal Drive wrote:My seldom used Red Sound Dark Star has more sound character than this plastic joke of a synth.


Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeem! Now that is a synth diss.
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby Hybrid88 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:28 am

Well, I'm afraid if the recent Namm is anything to go by, then there's only going to be more of this kind of s#@t to come from Roland... :?
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby Alex E » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:54 am

I've spent some time with it, I don't think it's that bad. But I haven't spent enough time with one to really gauge the quality of sound.

I think if Korg had built this machine, it would sound much better.
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby sensorium » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:10 am

Not sure what that is supposed to mean. If Korg would have built that machine, it would not be THAT machine. And if they built it exactly the same, it would sound the same.
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby Alex E » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:21 am

True, true. I'm just saying that I think Korg is better at making entry-level products.
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby adhmzaiusz » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:55 am

Yea, couldn't agree more about the SH201 being a complete POS. I hear all the time people comparing this to the JP8000 and saying that this is better than the JP, but man.... the JP is light years better than this joke.

The sound quality was the first thing I noticed... reminded me of free vsts or something like that
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby RobotHeroes » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:57 am

Alex E wrote:Korg is better at making entry-level products.


Korg makes doors?
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby Alex E » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:15 am

Yeah. Garage doors too.
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby Stab Frenzy » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:44 am

2-steps lead to my garage door, then into my deep funky house.
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby monolith » Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:25 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:2-steps lead to my garage door, then into my deep funky house.


That's the most amazing synth-nerd dad joke I've ever heard. I'm quite impressed. :lol:
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby Syn303 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:32 am

It's simply Roland cashing in on the SH name and line of old SH synths, like they did with the Juno name. Instead of sturdy metal and wood casings it's cheap throwaway moulded plastic.
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby pflosi » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:47 am

...and a crappy synth engine compared to the old ones... it's a wonder that there are no new c**p VA jupiters
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Re: Roland SH201 killed me

Postby marland » Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:30 am

I'm sure there would be if there wasn't a copyright issue with the Jupiter name now - I think it's now owned by a brass instrument manufacturer.
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