Now Shipping: Roland GAIA SH-01

This 37-key compact synthesizer combines a classic panel layout reminiscent of vintage Roland synthesizers with the latest in Roland''s analog-modeling technology.
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This 37-key compact synthesizer combines a classic panel layout reminiscent of vintage Roland synthesizers with the latest in Roland''s analog-modeling technology.

The GAIA SH-01 is able to create rich, massive sound with three virtual analog sound engines, each with a dedicated oscillator, filter, amplifier, envelope and LFO, as well as 64 polyphonic voices onboard.

The instantly selectable multi-effects allow for the layering of up to five simultaneous effects. Onboard effects include reverb, distortion, fuzz, bit crash, flanger, phaser, pitch-shifter, low boost, delay with panning and tempo sync that can be controlled in real time with the built-in D Beam.

The GAIA SH-01 front panel features dedicated knobs and faders for a variety of parameters, with no hidden menus. Along with the included arpeggiator is the phrase recorder, allowing synthesists to record, play back and play over their recorded phrases of notes or knob tweaks.

The GAIA SH-01''s EXT input allows for connection and playback of external audio sources such as an MP3 player. Incoming audio can be manipulated with three Center Cancel modes, which let users eliminate pre-recorded vocals, guitar or bass. GAIA also includes USB ports for streaming audio, transmitting and receiving MIDI data, and storing patches and phrases to a memory stick.

The GAIA SH-01 is now shipping with a suggested retail price of $799.

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