Meet the Roland SE-02 Analogue Monosynth

Made in collaboration with Studio Electronics, the Roland SE-02 was announced today and introduces us to their new ‘Boutique Designer’ series. If the forthcoming products in this series look half as good as the SE-02, we’re in for a treat…

Roland SE-02 Analogue Monosynth

Meet the Roland SE-02 Analogue Monosynth

The Roland SE-02 is an analogue monosynth, but, looking at the specs, it really looks as though it has embraced what people want from the ‘analogue sound’ but with the modern technology that makes it affordable, reliable, and easy to integrate into the modern studio.

To that end, the SE-02 offers an analogue signal path starting with three VCOs, but offers functionality including tempo-syncable LFOs and delay, as well as MIDI and USB connectivity and the space for a whole lot of presets…

Moving on to the connectivity, lets take a look at the ins and outs of the Roland SE-02:

Roland SE-02 inputs and outpus

Okay, you’ve got your MIDI and USB connectivity, your main and headphone outputs and an external input for processing other sounds through the analogue filter. But there’s more… CV, Gate and Trigger ins and outs and CV, Gate and Filter CV inputs allow the Roland SE-02 to integrate with your analogue studio.

Get hands-on with the Roland SE-02

If you like to get to grips with your patch programming, you’ll love the fact that the front panel of the Roland SE-02 is festooned with plenty knobs, switches and buttons. New sounds are just a tweak away, with no extreme menu-diving required.

Roland SE-02 Controls

 

 

What does the Roland SE-02 sound like?

Fortunately, in addition to the obligatory product overview video, Roland have given synth-heads what they want: a video that does nothing but let us hear the sort of sounds the SE-02 can make.

Let’s take a listen:

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Roland SE-02 – the specs

  • Discrete analogue circuitry with knob-per-function interface
  • Three voltage controlled, temperature-stabilised oscillators with six waveforms and automatic tuning
  • 24 dB per octave 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

We’re expecting the Roland SE-02 to arrive with us in September, but these are likely to be as common as a hen’s tooth with an Academy Award and an Olympic gold medal at first, so pre-order yours today, or get in touch if you want to get your name on the list.

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Fynn Callum

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From indie guitarist to deep house producer via Northern Soul dj; mix engineer, producer and gear enthusiast. Jaffa Cake aficionado.

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