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With its massive sound, hands-on ease, and affordable price, the GAIA SH-01 is a high-performance value with old-school charm. The triple-stacked engine puts potent virtual analog synthesis under your fingertips, yet the control panel is so fun, friendly, and inviting, even first-timers can create great sounds. The signal flow is simple to grasp, with logically arranged knobs, sliders, and buttons. Hands-on control and fat sound make this little powerhouse a joy for music students, songwriters, session players, and live performers of all styles and skill levels.

Huge sound with three virtual analog engines onboard, each with a dedicated oscillator, filter, amplifier, envelope, and LFO
Layer up to five simultaneous effects, including distortion, flanger, delay, reverb, low boost, and more
64-voice polyphony for massive sounds without note drop-out
Fun, hands-on control panel that’s great for instant gratification, and for learning synthesis
Lightweight, compact body with 37 full-size keys
Runs on AC or battery power for portable convenience
D Beam, arpeggiator, and Phrase Recorder onboard
USB ports for saving user patches to USB flash drives, and for audio/MIDI connection to computers


What would you spend £500-£800 on? add to my existing set-up, possibly a new synth or maybe something a bit different. My meagre set-up is currently: Roland SH-01 Gaia Korg M-50 Prophet 08 Tascam 2488 mkII (24 track) Lexicon MX-400 effects rack KRK Rokit 5's Synth-wise, I was toying with the idea of selling my Gaia and putting the cash towards a 2nd hand Little Phatty stage...

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NAMM 2019 - Your Predictions, Rumors and Desires...

I hope Roland will release an upgraded version of the Roland SH-01 GAIA: - VA. - No menu diving: hands-on control only. - At least 128 notes polyfhony and 16 part multi timbral. - Decent line sequencer. - sound layer & split possibilities. - Improved sound quality. - Improved keyboard. - 61 keys. If such a synth were to be released, you...

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Roland GAIA SH-01 arpeggiator guide Roland GAIA SH-01 Synthesizer has a very deep arpeggiator. A lot of cool features are available under the hood - this video shows how to customise your own user arpeggiators, access over 64 preset motifs and styles plus some other cool bits of info!

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