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Roland GAIA SH-01 Synthesizer

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Roland SH-01 (SH01) Professional GAIA 37-Key 3-OSC Virtual Analog Synthesizer
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Roland SH-01 (SH01) Professional GAIA 37-Key 3-OSC Virtual Analog Synthesizer
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Product description
Product Identifiers
BrandRoland
ModelGAIA SH-01
MPNSH-01
UPC761294411063

Key Features
TypeSynthesizer
Number of Keys37

eBay Product ID: EPID97512999

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Average review score based on 5 user reviews

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of customers recommend this product

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Created: 01/09/12

Great modern synth features with classic analog sound, awesome value!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

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 1.5V dry-cell batteries; PC software sold separately (~$80); Lightweight plastic case gives less of a professional feel; Cannot easily use onboard GM tone generator locally; No readouts of the current "analog" settings; System settings & secondary features are accessed by cryptic button sequences.

In summary, the Roland GAIA SH-01 Synthesizer is a fun, feature-rich keyboard with great sound & expressiveness in a portable, affordable package. It is ideal for anyone wanting to recreate that distinctive analog-synthesizer sound & still remain compatible with current MIDI, USB & PC-based instruments. I think Roland has a real winner here & I am having a lot of fun with it.

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Created: 01/13/13

Musical journeys available at anytime.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

The Gaia is a great synth with giving the physical knobs to adjust sounds to your taste. It is very easy to get lost on a journey though sounds for hours on end.

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Created: 07/02/12

Good Synth but only 64 sounds

No, I would not recommend this product.

I like this Keyboard but I was expecting more from it. I think it's nice synth but doesn't have wide range of presets or sounds. I even bought the luftrum patches and I'm still hungry for more. Also I had no luck connect it to any iOS music apps via USB or MIDI interface.

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Created: 12/07/12

I got to another person.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Actually I do not use GAIA, just got to another person. I use another model ROLAND, but the person who got'll like.

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Created: 03/01/12

probably the best for this price

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

This sinth is very simple to use. its important for me because before i used soft sinths (vsti plug-ins) only. very simple and very native and the same time powerful.

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