Roland SE-02 is a brand new analog boutique synth
The Roland SE-02 is a brand new analog boutique synth and had been designed in collaboration with Studio Electronics, a US-based synthesizer company.
What’s different from previous boutique series models is that the Roland SE-02 is not based on previous legacy synths such as the Jupiter-8 and TB-303.
The Roland SE-02 is in fact the first release of their new Roland Boutique Designer Series.
The SE-02 is a brand new, originally designed three-oscillator synthesizer with proper analog circuits – not analog modelling which is prevalent in many cost-effective synths these days.
It also contains real analog circuits, as opposed to the analog modelling technology found inside Roland’s earlier Boutiques and AIRA synths.
Notable features include a built-in step sequencer, control voltage and gate inputs on the rear along with trigger in and out for connecting to other analog gear.
Studio Electronics are best known for the highly regarded MidiMini, SE-1, ATC-1, Omega 8, Boomstar, and Tonestar synthesizers.
Roland SE-02 Features
- 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
Suggestions are that the Roland SE-02 will cost just $499.99. (R 6,500 excl. import duties)
A release date has yet to be confirmed but it should be arriving “soon” – find out more at the Roland website.