Roland release Boutique versions of TR-808, SH-101
Miniaturised remakes of the drum machine and mono synth will retail for under $400
The SH-01A and TR-08 are compact, digital versions of the SH-101 mono synth and TR-808 drum machine. Both will retail for US$349 and utilise Roland’s analogue circuit modelling technology, ACB. The TR-08 comes with sub-steps in its 16-step sequencer for creating rolls, while new compressor, pitch, pan and gain controls are available. A USB output can carry 10 separate channels of audio and a trigger output is on board for controlling external instruments. The interface closely follows the original, albeit in miniaturised form, and the knobs have been upgraded compared to earlier Boutique models.
The SH-01A builds on the original SH-101 by adding extra voices. Apart from the original monophonic mode, the new version adds Poly, Unison and Chord modes and up to 64 patterns can now be stored in the internal memory. The Trigger input is retained for interfacing with other hardware, while a CV/Gate output lets you connect with Eurorack modular gear. The LFO gains new waveforms and a wider clock range while an on-board arpeggiator has three playback modes. There is currently no word on a release date.