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Roland GAIA SH-01 Synthesizer

by Roland

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  • Huge sound with 3 virtual analog engines onboard, each with a dedicated oscillator, filter, amplifier, envelope, and LF0Layer up to 5 simultaneous effects, including distortion, flanger, delay, reverb, low boost, and more64-voice polyphony for massive sounds without note drop-outFun, hands-on control panel that's great for instant gratification, and for learning synthesisLightweight, compact body with 37 full-size keysRuns on AC or battery power for portable convenienceD Beam, arpeggiator, and P
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 35 x 6 inches ; 14 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 22.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003IJ9DSK
  • Item model number: SH-01
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,287 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 21, 2010

Product Description

GAIA, GAIA, Hands on Fire!! With this powerhouse of a synth beneath your fingertips, you're going to be on a creative rampage, no joke. The Roland GAIA SH-01 is a mind-blowing combination of old and new. That is, it's got those analog-flavored sounds you know and love from music history... but it's action-packed with the latest technology from Roland to harness those sounds for your modern music-making pleasure. Long story short, the Roland GAIA SH-01 ROCKS. You've got a triple-stacked virtual analog engine here... like having three synths in one! And there's a dedicated oscillator, filter, amplifier, envelope, and LFO on each WITH HANDS-ON CONTROLS... INSANE.

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It's great fun to play.
Edward John Gross
Roland has included lots of easy & fun analog-like features into its GAIA SH-01 portable digital synthesizer.
MARDONIX
The keyboard feels pretty good, and the edit control surface is very nicely laid-out.
J. W. Kennedy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Kennedy VINE VOICE on February 6, 2013
There are some good sounds onboard, evocative of vintage analogue synths from 30 years ago but with modern benefits such as a step sequencer, lush effects, huge polyphony for playing chords even with complex 3-oscillator pads. It is lightweight, versatile, has stable tuning, doesn't overheat, and is energy-efficient.

But there are problems which I think are inexcusable in an instrument of this type.
First, the filter architecture: Yes, it's multi-mode which is extremely cool, giving you low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and peaking options at the touch of a button. Unfortunately something in the software makes the filter slow to respond; there is a tiny but noticeable delay between when I move the cutoff knob and when I actually hear something happening as a result of my adjustment. If you apply the filter to multiple oscillators (by having more than one tone selected) this lag becomes even more apparent. In an analogue synth the filter responds INSTANTLY. Why on earth didn't Roland engineers give this machine enough processing power to handle what was its obviously foreseeable maximum load, let alone its minimum? This filter can't keep up with me manually twiddling it on just ONE oscillator.
I also have complaints about the filter resolution: I can hear digital artifacts in the high frequencies as I sweep the filter up & down. A real analogue filter should be smooth all the way across, not digitally segmented like a bad singer using Autotune. There is no excuse for this.
Further issue with the filter design: The "resonance" setting is supposed to boost the filter's output at the cutoff frequency. That's what I expect and that's what I want.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MARDONIX on January 3, 2012
If you are looking for an affordable keyboard that allows you to capture that 80s analog synthesizer sound, look no further. Roland has included lots of easy & fun analog-like features into its GAIA SH-01 portable digital synthesizer. Three independent tone generators (featuring familiar LFO, Osc, Filt, Amp & ADSRs) can be layered in limitless combinations. Lots of knobs & sliders allow you to create infinite patches & save/recall them using onboard or USB storage. The synthesizer output can be routed through an effects section with distortion, flanging, delay-line & reverb before producing its stereo, mono & headphone outputs.

There is a powerful preprogrammed arpeggiator & a phrase recorder/player with tap-tempo capability. The 37-key, velocity-sensitive keyboard has good action & is solid. A pitch bender & modulation lever and an optical hand-sensor allow you to add expression & special effects. As a hidden bonus, there is an additional polyphonic General-MIDI tone generator built-in which can be commanded from an external MIDI sequencer or keyboard.

The package is only about 11 Lbs and will run on 8 NiMH AA 1.2V rechargeable batteries & the unit comes with an AC adapter. There is a stereo input jack to input music (e.g. from MP3 player) which you can mix in with your performance & this input has a basic vocal-eliminator option built-in. There are standard MIDI-IN & MIDI-OUT/THRU jacks & the USB PC connection supports USB-MIDI-IN/OUT as well as capture & playback of streaming audio. There are so many great features on this keyboard, it's hard to list them all.

Just to be fair, there are some very-minor negatives I have noticed, most probably due to trying to keep the price affordable & I will list them here: Cannot use regular 1.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By evolakim on December 22, 2013
The GAIA is far too expensive for what you get. Sure it's got 1 for 1 controls which makes programming super fun but the most important part, the sound, is terrible. I mean this thing has NO soul whatsoever. Sounds completely thin and fake and that's because it is. It uses sampled waveforms. I sold it after a few months.
I might pay $200 for it but even that is pushing it. This thing was a bummer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Opera Browser User - www.opera.com on July 29, 2012
I bought this synth 2nd hand for real cheap, and I'm very happy. The virtual analog synthesis sounds quite nice, warm, and pretty close to vintage sounds (SH-101, Juno, Jupiter...). The sound isn't metallic like other cheap VA or digital synths. It has tons of features, most of them quickly accessible from the front panel. It's fully controlable from your sequencer (I use Cubase). It doesn't take room, and in my case, it's a perfect master keyboard :)
The D-Beam can be considered a toy, but it works well and it's nice to play with. I assigned the filter cutoff to it. I assigned the LFO and the VCF to the modulation bender. I create some real nice sounds, and the filter is quite powerful (try the 24dB filter!). Several types of filters. You can really do some nice music with this synth. It even has GS GM sounds on other MiDi channels, which means you could even use it alone if you'd like to use its other inner instruments (General MiDi drummer kit, basses, pads, etc...). I'm not going to sell mine any time soon!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob on May 6, 2011
The SH-01 is a portable analog synthesizer based on Roland's proprietary virtual analog synthesis tehcniques, Unique features include three oscilators ("tones") per patch, with separate LFO/FILTER/AMP sections per oscillator.

The separate sections turn each patch into mixing three synthesizers together into one note. This can be a little tricky to deal with, but the results are worth the effort. Unfortunately, there's no way to copy just one part to a different tone, so this has to be done by hand. You can copy an entire tone to another tone, however.

Getting used to it just means playing with it for a while, learning about the new possibilities offereed by this architecture. It generates a wide variety of sounds, from beautiful strings and pads to excellent leads.

All in all, a good synth for beginnners and pros.
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