Roland SH-101 with Tubbutec SH-1oh1 MIDI upgrade

One of the machines that spawned techno.

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Each of our SH-101s has been thoroughly serviced, fitted with set of brand new sliders and is ready to serve you with its earth shattering basses and crazy bleeps for years to come.

It has also been equipped with the ultimate Tubbutec MIDI upgrade that offers a number of extremely useful functions – please visit Tubbutec page for details:

In simple terms, it of course adds MIDI and MIDI clock syncability. But also an additional accent envelope that you can route to filter and/or amplifier. Yes, you are right – you can get very close to the thing TB-303 is famous for. You also get an additional LFO for filter and that’s one that goes up to 8kHz – wonderful for FM-like effects. Then you have an additional ADSR for filter. How about additional arpeggiator modes: forward, backward, random, ping-pong? And the best bit: the ability to store an individual sequence under each key and possibility to chain them and chance in sync with the MIDI clock. Absolutely wonderful.


1968 EUR (1600 EUR plus 23% VAT).

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Q: I need a machine for techno. It is often said that the 101 is one of the best analogue synths for this application. Is this true or only hype?

A: While of course there is no “best” synth for any application, I tend to agree that 101 is perfect for techno (and other, sequence-based types of music). Why? For a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the sound. The 101 simply sounds downright wonderful. It’s deep, it’s punchy. It’s simply perfect at what it does. Then it’s the ease of use. It’s simply very, very immediate. You plug, you play. Thirdly, it has an arpeggaitor and sequencer, so various sounds are simply flowing out of this “toy piano”. With the Tubbutec upgrade, it’s taken several steps forward and becomes the ultimate sequencing tool.


Q: I know that there are various versions of the 101: blue, red and grey. Is any of these better?

A: Absolutely not. The blue and red versions are less common and hence can reach much higher prices. Apart from collectability, there is no difference.


Q: I have noticed there was a guitar-like grip for the SH-101. Shoudl I get it?

A: There was also an original leather strap. Unless you plan to play the SH-101 like a guitar, you definitely do not need one. It will not give you additional functionality – the bender in the 101 has all the functions.


Q: Will the Tubbutec upgrade change anything in the “old 101”? Will I lose something?

A: Absolutely not. The Tubbutec upgrade was developed specifically with the thought of not taking anything away in mind. You get a spectacular number of extras but nothing is lost. From technical standpotin, the “1oh1” is a new processor that sits in the place of and old one and a few cables. It’s the brilliant program Tobias from Tubbutec wrote that does the magic.