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Does the SH101 get boring after a while?

was thinking of trying to get one, how versitle is it?
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was thinking of trying to get one, how versitle is it?
Versatile: not very
Boring: never
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boring? I don't know about that. It's one of those synths that lets you come up with stuff really quickly. The simple little sequencer, the fact that it's not really the most complicated synth in the world, it's very easy to get what you want out of it, as long as you're within it's range. However, it's a rubbery roland synth with THAT acid sound if you want it. So, it helps if you like that kinda thing. You can sit there droning in acid mayhem for hours if you pair it up with like a 303 and a x0x drum machine.
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Boring No!

Expensive Yes!
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Nice filter, sterile but strong oscillator, one of the tightest envelopes found on a synthesizer and a very good LFO. Actually this synth taught me why analog envelopes and LFO's have a distinct impact on your sound as well. (probably modern digital modulators can be very good but the vintage digital ones are not)

Still love the way you can let this thing smoothly erupt from a muted squelchy acid lead to a full blast PWM+Sub dominator sound. Probably you'll be doing just that for hours on end once you've bought it and never get bored.

It's not uncommon to see people that had access to them while they were still dirt cheap to have two 101's and a 202 or something in the same studio.

That said, for $800 you should start to consider new synthesizers instead. Just $200 more for a SubPhatty. Or a MS-20 mini and a few lapdances. Perhaps the 202 for $500 is the biggest steal of the moment. Grab them before the internet wakes up from it's "it's not a real 303 and the sequencer sucks" coma.
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Heh I remember when 202s were like $50 on eBay...

Yeah I had a blue SH101 for a while and it was boring and not versatile at all. Really I guess depends on what you want out of it. Bang for buck is not on the list...there are tons more synths out there in that price range these days that I would take any day of the week. Any of the new monos for example would be a lot more flexible and interesting to me, and in fact there are old polys in that price range capable of a similar sound (such as the Junos).
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SH 101 is one of the synths i wanna get since some years now ... A bit expensive since then ... hopefully will get one soon ...


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Never boring, now go get the special edition white one
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Boring? Maybe if you use it as a toy. As a production tool it's invaluable, coming from the rare class of gear that always deliver.
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I am not sure i would shell out the £500 - £600+ they go for at the moment...

There are many other equally enticing cheaper monosynth options around at the moment, most have easier midi connectivity as well.

But if you think you need that sound again (you had a 202 before) then go for it! it opens up quicker than the 202, but the 202's sequencer eats the 101's!!

Of course the 202's sequencer ain't for lightweight programmers
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But if you think you need that sound again (you had a 202 before) then go for it! it opens up quicker than the 202, but the 202's sequencer eats the 101's!!
What do you mean by opening up quicker?
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Versatile: not very
Boring: never
A fantastic summary.
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What do you mean by opening up quicker?
The SH101's sequencer is a breeze to learn and use in comparison to the MC202's sequencer!

On the other hand the 202 sequencer is potentially more 'Acid' than a 303's...I am not joking! filter aside.
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ok thanks guys, one more thing. does the LFO go fast enough to get an almost FM type sound?
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Versatile: not very
Boring: never
This is the correct answer. One of my favourite synths. It sounds good in every mix (almost).
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not boring at all.
i do have to take a break from it every now and again though, or all my tracks start sounding 101-ey

i paid £550 for mine in great condition with mod grip, carry case, strap.
worth every penny.

f*ck versatility - the 101 sequencer/arp and rim trigger input should be mandatory on every synth.
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It's like a piano. It has THAT sound and not much else, but never gets old.
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