SH-101

Software Synthesizer

SH-101
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The Little Synth That Could

The SH-101 Software Synthesizer is an ultra-detailed replica of the famous Roland SH-101. Powered by advanced circuit-level modeling, the plug-in perfectly recreates the original's inspiring analog sounds, which have shaped decades of electronic music styles.

“A synth that arguably did more to fuel the early ‘90s house and techno explosion than any other.”
—Red Bull Music Academy
Beauty in Simplicity

Introduced in 1982, the SH-101 was designed with portability and affordability in mind. Compared to the many complex synths available at the time, it offered a basic monophonic structure and characteristic voice that was fast to program and adept at bright, edgy tones and exciting sound effects. And with gray, blue, and red color options, support for battery power, and the ability to be played like a keytar, this modest-yet-flashy monosynth was a hit with forward-thinking musicians eager to redefine the image of keyboardists on stage.

Mono Monster

The dynamic look and sound of the SH-101 proved big things come in small packages, and it was a go-to tool for leading new wave artists of the day. It was later rediscovered by a new generation of electronic musicians and producers, who used it to fuel the foundation of house, techno, and other emerging styles. To this day, the SH-101’s brain-bending bass and one-of-a-kind lead sounds continue to be sought after by electronic artists the world over.

Plug In Your Own SH-101

Through direct involvement with the original SH-101 engineers, our SH-101 plug-in painstakingly recreates the hardware’s sound down to the behavior of the original circuits. It has all the great sounds and features of the original instrument, plus new features that extend its capabilities:

  • Dedicated envelope for the filter
  • Two extra LFO shapes
  • Extended octave range for the VCO
  • VCA tone control
  • Modern effects: reverb, bit-crusher, and tempo-syncing delay
  • Onboard arpeggiator with tempo sync
  • Multiple skins featuring all three original colors
Hardware Integration

The SH-101 also supports our PLUG-OUT format, providing extended operation with Roland hardware synths like the SH-01A, SYSTEM-8, SYSTEM-1, or SYSTEM-1m. Operate the DAW plug-in with hands-on controls, or take the SH-101 to the stage without the need for a computer.

Join Roland Cloud today for access to the growling bass and stinging leads of the SH-101, as well as a host of other legendary instruments. Interested in other instruments that have helped define electronic music? Check out the TB-303 and see how it started a techno revolution!

Specifications
Maximum Polyphony
1 voice
VCO
Range (64', 32', 16', 8', 4', 2')
Pulse Width Modulation (50%--min)
PWM Mode switch (MANUAL, LFO, VCF ENV, VCA ENV)
Modulation Depth (-min--+max)
Tune (+/-50 cent)
Source Mixer
Square/Pulse wave Level
Saw wave Level
SUB Oscillator Level
SUB Oscillator Waveform switch
(1Oct Down Square, 2Oct Down Square, 2Oct Down Pulse)
Noise Level
VCF
Cutoff Frequency (10 Hz--20 kHz)
Resonance (0--Self oscillation)
ENV Depth (-100%--+100%)
Modulation Depth
Key Follow (-100%--+100%)
VCF ENV
Attack Time (1.5 ms--4 s)
Decay Time (2 ms--10 s)
Sustain Level (0--100%)
Release Time (2 ms--10 s)
VCA
VCA Mode (ENV, GATE)
Tone
VCA ENV
Attack Time (1.5 ms--4 s)
Decay Time (2 ms--10 s)
Sustain Level (0--100%)
Release Time (2 ms--10 s)
Gate-Trigger switch (GATE, LFO, GATE+TRIG)
Effect
Crusher Depth
Reverb Level
Delay Level
Delay Time
Modulator
LFO/CLK Rate (0.1 Hz--30 Hz)
Waveform (SIN, TRI, SAW, SQR, RANDOM, NOISE)
Controller
Volume
Portamento Time (0--5 s)
Portamento Mode (ON, AUTO, OFF)
Bend Range (VCO)
Tempo Sync switch
Arpeggio
Arpeggio Switch
Arpeggio Type (1Oct Up, 1Oct U+D, 1Oct Down, 2Oct Down, 2Oct U+D, 2Oct Down)
Arpeggio Step (1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/4T, 1/8T, 1/16T)
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz
Tones
64 patches/1 bank
*User can make new user banks.
Plug-In Formats
VSTi 3.6 (32bit/64bit), AU
Plug-Out Hardware
SYSTEM-1
System Requirements (macOS™)
Operating System
macOS™ 10.8.5 or later
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible
CPU
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better
RAM
4 GB or more
Hard Disk
100 MB or more
Display resolution and Colors
1280 x 800 dots or higher, 16.7 million colors or more
Other
You'll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.
You'll need installation SYSTEM-1 driver to plug-out this software to the SYSTEM-1.
System Requirements (Windows®)
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1
Microsoft® Windows® 8/8.1
Microsoft® Windows® 10
* incompatible with Windows® RT, Windows® Phone or virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC.
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 2.4/3.6 compatible
CPU
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better
RAM
2 GB or more
Hard Disk
100 MB or more
Display resolution and Colors
1280 x 800 dots or higher, 24 bits Full Color or more
Other
You'll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.
You'll need Adobe Reader (available free of charge) in order to read the online help.
You'll need installation SYSTEM-1 driver to plug-out this software to the SYSTEM-1.
*Although Roland has tested numerous configurations and has determined that on average, a computer system similar to that described above will permit normal operation of the PLUG-OUT SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER, Roland cannot guarantee that a given computer can be used satisfactorily with the PLUG-OUT SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER based solely on the fact that it meets the above requirements. This is because there are too many other variables that may influence the processing environment, including differences in motherboard design and the particular combination of other devices involved.
Microsoft Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
VST is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.

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In addition, we have a library of Owner’s Manuals and Support Documents that you can download and reference.