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Roland Boutique SE-02 Analog Synthesizer
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A collaborative effort from Roland and Studio Electronics, the SE-02 is part of Roland's Boutique Designer Series. The SE-02 uses authentic discrete ...Click To Read More About This Product
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The first Roland Boutique Designer Series synth with all discrete analog circuitry.
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A collaborative effort from Roland and Studio Electronics, the SE-02 is part of Roland's Boutique Designer Series. The SE-02 uses authentic discrete analog circuitry to create a synthesizer with a distinctly vintage sound and vast programming options. With an array of high-quality knobs and switches and a uniquely creative onboard sequencer, the SE-02 delivers massive tone and texture with expressive hands-on control.
Beyond Typical Analog
The SE-02's monophonic synthesizer engine features three voltage-controlled oscillators, a voltage-controlled 24 dB low-pass filter, and a dual gain-stage amplifier. The oscillators have six different kinds of waveforms with the warmth and complex character associated with true analog VCOs. What’s more, these VCOs are temperature stabilized with automatic tuning, so you get all the benefits and none of the downsides.
The SE-02 is big and bold, with thick, rich lows and clear, vibrant highs—exactly what you think of when you imagine classic vintage synth tone. And while the SE-02 can create astonishingly great vintage sounds, it can do so much more. It has three types of cross modulation (XMOD), a ripping filter feedback loop, a tempo-syncing LFO with nine waveforms, envelope sweeping and inverting, oscillator sync, a noise generator, and a tempo-syncing delay.
While it’s a compact “go-anywhere” device, the knobs, switches, and buttons are sturdy and plentiful, giving you a vast palette of sound-shaping capabilities at your fingertips. Everything is hands-on and knob-per-function, with deep control and a logical, intuitive layout. To get started, you can choose from 384 expertly programmed preset sounds that cover a wide range of classic and modern tones. Tweak and modify these sounds or create something completely new, storing your own custom creations in the 128 available user locations.
A More Musical Sequencer
The SE-02 includes a powerful 16-step sequencer to add motion and dimension to your sounds. It can sync to external tempo via MIDI, USB, or trigger input, and per-step gate time, adjustable glide, tempo, and patch number are stored with each sequence. Creative performance features allow you to set shuffle, scale, direction, and first/last steps on the fly. Even synth parameters can be automated by sequencing changes—just press a step and move a control. And despite the SE-02s compact size, the sequencer is fun and intuitive, lending itself to both studio and live usage. You can store 128 sequence patterns and construct 16 songs, each with up to 16 parts.
The SE-02 is built solidly with a rugged metal top and quality knobs and switches. And despite having a control for just about everything, it’s small enough to take just about anywhere. Due to its Roland Boutique format, it fits in our K-25m or DK-01 accessory docks, so you can add an integrated 25-key mini keyboard or have various tilt options for easy access in a variety of live and studio situations.
The SE-02 also features convenient 1/8-inch stereo jacks that reduce cable clutter, plus full-sized, standard MIDI jacks for connecting any kind of keyboard you want or controlling the SE-02 remotely. And as with other Roland Boutique synths, Chain Mode lets you increase the polyphony by connecting two or more SE-02 units together via MIDI.
There are CV inputs for both pitch and filter frequency, as well as trigger in and out, so the SE-02 works great with modular setups and other vintage gear. You can route external audio signals through the filter section, and there’s even USB audio and MIDI capabilities to seamlessly integrate with computer-based setups.
About Studio Electronics
Studio Electronics is a leader in excellence and ingenuity in analog synthesizer design since 1988. Makers of the revered MidiMini, SE-1, ATC-1, Omega 8, CODE 8, Boomstar, and Tonestar, Studio Electronics produces premium-quality musical instruments, hand-built in the USA.
- Discrete analog circuitry with knob-per-function interface
- Three voltage controlled oscillators with six waveforms
- Three types of cross modulation (XMOD), feedback loop, and noise generator
- Tempo-syncing LFO with nine waveforms
- Save and recall sounds with 384 preset and 128 user locations
- Musical and intuitive pattern sequencer with song mode
Vintage sound with unexpected power, order the SE-02 today!
- Polyphony (max): 1 voice
- VCO: 3
- VCF: 1
- Envelope Generator (EG): 1
- LFO: 1
- Mixer: Yes
- Included presets: 384
- User preset slots: 128
- Output: Mono
- MIDI Connectivity: In/Out
- Line input: Yes, mono
- USB Connectivity: Yes
- Headphone out: Yes
- Other: CV, Gate
- Sequencer: 16-step
- Arpeggiator: No
- Display: No
- Effects: Yes
- Pitch bend/Modulation: No
- Width: 11.81 in.
- Height: 6.75 in.
- Depth: 1.81 in.
- Weight: 2.2 lb.
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Reviewed by 2 customers
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- Easy to Use
- Powerful sound with good range
- Pre-programmed music
- Realistic Sound
- Responsive / Good Action
- I'd like it to be even a little larger
- Electronic Music
Comments about Roland Boutique SE-02 Analog Synthesizer:
The SE-02 absolutely delivers an honest-to-goodness powerhouse analog sound. The many filter, oscillator, envelope, LFO options make for a wide, wide range of options. It ships with plenty of great sounds and sequences to get someone started. Building from scratch is also easy, in both patch and sequence mode. Having it hooked up to a your favorite midi controller is advised for ease. Like many others, I wish Roland had made it even a little larger, say maybe the same size as the MX-1 or TR-8. That would help (a lot) with manipulating the switches and dials. But that drawback is outweighed by the other features that I like. Not a bad price, either.
Comments about Roland Boutique SE-02 Analog Synthesizer:
I've spent the last few days with my SE-02 and here are my thoughts:
As a former owner of an original Minimoog, I can say that it definitely has the character and sound of the original. Not a one for one, but certainly close. The three oscillators, when detuned, sound HUGE. The filter is creamy and delicious. When you play the filter, there is no stepping that I can hear. Nice and smooth. The feedback is awesome and can go from slight distortion to all out ripping.
The new features add so much more to the synth. The Xmod can give you sounds that were just not possible with the original. The syncable LFO is a great feature which allows you to modulate the oscillators without losing the third one. The delay is also a nice touch, which is also syncable.
The size is not an issue for me, and I have huge hands (I have a 14 1/2 ring size). I find it quite easy to tweak the knobs.
All in all I think this is a synth that I will hang on to as it is so much more than a Minimoog clone.