The Roland SE-02 Boutique Analogue Synthesizer Module is the outstanding result of a fruitful collaboration between Roland and Studio Electronics, as part of the new Roland Boutique Designer Series. By implementing authentic discrete analogue circuitry, the SE-02 is able to create covetous vintage sounds whilst boasting an impressive array of programming options. With a range of high-quality knobs and dials to tweak, your hands are offered the freedom to sculpt and shape your output to your heart's content.
Roland need no introduction, but in case you were wondering, Studio Electronics have been in the analogue synthesizer design game since 1988. It is safe to say they know their stuff, having built the exceptional MidiMini, SE-1, ATC-1, Omega 8, CODE 8, Boomstar, and Tonestar - building high-end musical instruments by hand in the USA.
Packing in a trio of voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs), a voltage-controlled 24dB low-pass filter, and a dual gain-stage amplifier, there's a weighty combination of hardware within the sleek chassis. Vintage analogue warmth is infused with a complexity that is nothing short of jaw-dropping, whilst temperature stabilization ensures that everything retains a butter-like smoothness.
From an expansive low-end energy, bouncing mids, and soaring high-end with sparkling clarity, there's nothing the SE-02 can't do - and in impeccable style! With three types of cross modulation (XMOD), a filter feedback loop, tempo-syncing Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO) with nine waveforms, envelope sweeping and inverting, oscillator sync, a noise generator, and a tempo-syncing delay. Though it packs a heady mix of features, the control layout is laid out with adequate spacing for ultimate tactile control. There are 384 expertly programmed presets to get you up and running, but these can be modified as you wish, with 128 available user locations for saving your own patches.
The SE-02 has a built-in 16-step sequencer, which allows you to take your music and beat-making skills to new heights. External syncing is enabled via MIDI, USB, or trigger input, with a range of settings that can be adjusted. Whether you're in the studio or performing live, Roland have included performance features such as shuffle, scale, direction, and first/last steps on the fly for an added level of dynamic control. You can store 128 sequence patterns, construct 16 songs, each with up to 16 parts - immense power for such a small unit.
Roland are the masters of innovation, and as ever, their forward-planning has borne another ace of piece of gear. The SE-02 slots into the Roland Boutique K-25m or DK-01 accessory docks, which means that you can add an integrated 25-key mini keyboard with various tilt options that make is ideal for studio or live performance.
Along the rear panel you'll find every connectivity option you're ever going to need, and if you fancy expanding the potential of the SE-02 further, you could buy another one, two, three...? As with other Roland Boutique synths, Chain Mode allows you to increase your polyphonic potential by connecting several using MIDI - imagine that dream setup?!
The Roland SE-02 Boutique Analogue Synthesizer Module plays well with others too, whether it be vintage or modern gear. You can even route external audio signals through the filter section, with USB audio and MIDI enabling connection to your computer and DAW of choice. Quite simply, the SE-02 is what you've been waiting for. Not only that, but have you seen the price - affordable doesn't even come into it - bargain!
|Model Name||SE-02 Boutique Analogue Synthesizer Module|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||46 x 128 x 300 mm|
|Weight||950g (2 lbs 2 oz.)|
|Preset Patch||384 (128 x 3 BANK)|
|User Memory||Patch: 128 Pattern: 128 Song: 16|
|Oscillators||OSC 1, OSC 2, OSC 3 (OSC 3 is also available as LFO)
Waveform: Triangle, Sawtooth, Triangle + Sawtooth (OSC 1, 2 only), Reverse sawtooth (OSC 3 only), Square 1–3
|Power Supply||AC adaptor (PSB-1U)|
|Current Draw||2 A|
Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
AC adaptor Power cord
|Options (sold separately)||Keyboard Unit: K-25m
Boutique Dock: DK-01
|Product Code:||SE-02 Boutique Analogue Synthesizer Module|
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