We were expecting some new synths from Roland but didn't expect this analogue collaboration with Studio Electronics! Roland say the SE-02 Analog Synthesizer is the first product in the new Roland Boutique Designer Series, so it's likely that more exciting collaborations will be coming.
It's in the same form factor as their recent Juno, JX and Jupiter boutiques and will also slot into the optional keyboard add-on like the others, so it's seriously compact.
Round the back the synth offers, a separate headphone output, full MIDI in/out, micro USB, trigger in and outs, plus CV/Gate inputs and a CV input for the VCF.
As you can tell by the video, it certainly looks fantastic and although obviously designed with Studio Electronics, lush, vintage tones in mind, it has some interesting features that make it stand out from being a simple reboot. It seems like it will be great value also, with a price point in the USA of $499, we should be seeing it in the UK for less than £500. Check out the audio video below to hear more of what it's capable of...
- Discrete analog circuitry with knob-per-function interface
- Three voltage controlled oscillators with six waveforms
- Temperature-stabilized oscillators with automatic tuning
- 24 dB low-pass filter and dual gain-stage amplifier
- Three types of cross modulation (XMOD), feedback loop, and noise generator
- Tempo-syncing LFO with nine waveforms
- Tempo-syncing digital delay with bypass to maintain analog signal path
- Save and recall sounds with 384 preset and 128 user locations
- Musical and intuitive pattern sequencer with song mode
- Sequence notes, gate time, glide, and synth parameters
- CV, VCF CV and gate inputs, plus trigger in/out
- External Input for routing audio through the SE-02’s filter section
- Standard MIDI, USB-MIDI, and USB-Audio
- Create a polyphonic synth by using Chain Mode to connect two or more SE-02s together via MIDI
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