Uploaded by musictrackjp on 02.10.2010

The Roland SH-101.
This particular one is the grey model,
later on they released blue and red ones,
and you could attach a grip to the side here,
and a shoulder strap and play it like that.
This synth is capable of some
really nice, malleable sounds.
The layout of the panel is very square,
with a really straight-lined design.
There's a sub oscillator...
As usual on synths like this, the filter
and resonance pack a punch.
Personally, I think this synth has one of
the best, sharpest filters of all analog synths.
It's that good.
Sounds nice, right?
another nice feature is the arpeggiator.
It's fun to be able to do this.
And, there's a sequencer on board as well!
The cool thing about the sequencer...
is how you program it:
just play as usual.
You can control the playback speed via the rate knob.
The sequencer records the notes you played.
Put in a rest here.
I put in some rests.
You see?
Today we take sequencers for granted,
analog, digital, what have you,
but the first synth to have this kind of sequencer,
which records each note as you play,
was none other than the SH-101.
Because it is an analog sequencer after all,
and the SH series all have CV Gate ins and outs,
let's use these and do something interesting.
OK, now I've hooked up the SH-101
to this SH-2 I have right here.
And lo and behold!
Now, what CV and gate do,
is control the pitch and duration of notes.
CV for pitch and Gate for duration.
I've connected the Out on the SH-101
to the In on the SH-2.
The CV Gate In, that is.
All hooked up.
And what do you know?
Both synths are making sound,
but I'm playing the 101.
Ok I'm going to turn the volume all the way down on the 101.
And the sound you hear...
is the SH-2. Watch, I'll play with the volume...
Right? The SH-2.
It's almost the same thing as MIDI.
No MIDI in the age of these synths though...
CV Gate were used to do the same thing.
Turn this up now.
Just one thing you can do with this.
Another thing, you can use the sequencer
on the SH-101,
here, watch, I'll push play...
So the sequencer on the SH-101
is driving the SH-2.
This one's playing, right? Now I'll turn up the SH-101.
In this way, in the days before MIDI,
sequencers used CV and Gate to drive analog synths.
Using Control Voltage for pitch and Gate for duration,
sequencers and synths were able to communicate with each other.
Of course, if you had an analog sequencer,
like an MC-4 or an MC-8,
you could achieve the same exact results.
And that is how CV Gate was used.
You could say that MIDI was born as a result of CV Gate.
And that's it for the SH-101.
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