Synthesizers


Roland SH-201

My first true synthesizer, a virtual analog poly synth that I never really clicked with. The sound on the SH-201 always seemed quite thin and harsh to me, although to be fair was a quite novice sound designer at the time and probably didn’t give it a real workout. The SH-201 was OK at best, it tended to have some bad aliasing in higher pitches and just never sound very high quality to me. Read more...

Roland MC-505

The Roland MC-505 was my first piece of kit, and my entry point to a new hobby in electronic music production. I was quickly overwhelmed once I had a look at the manual, it was huge and I had no idea what any of the features were. I didn’t even know the first thing about music production or music theory for that matter. All I knew is that this chunky groovebox made some cool sounds and you could tweak them and combine them in all sorts of new ways! Read more...

Roland Juno-6

My first “vintage” synthesizer. Purchased when I realized the sound quality on the SH-201 was really letting me down. I was instantly hooked on the lush chords and pads it produced when run through the built-in chorus. THIS is what Roland poly synths should sound like. Some argue that the DCO’s are not quite as flavorful as true analog VCO’s but I’ll be damned if the Juno doesn’t just sound great. Read more...

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