Summary: I knew roland made awesome stuff and the roland gaia sh-01 is just that. It is a perfect match to my digital grand. The tones are awesome. And the special patches added by sweetwater are cool. This synth is beyond cool.
Summary: I bought this little jewel when it first came out,,,,and have been delighted with its sound and performance. It can't be beat for the money. And would buy another one if the need arises. My sales engineer; Greg Baum, has always been varey helpful in guideing me in makeing the right buy, Sweetwater is outstanding! I am a long term customer and have been loyal for aprox 10 years they always treat you with respect and care.
Excerpt: The baselines that I am getting from the Gaia SH-01 are probably my favorite sounds. I am getting bass that I never had on any other keyboard or VST. Besides the fact that you will get some great sounds, it is also a lot of fun to play the Gaia SH-01. Just look at the interface, all those knobs to mess with make everything a breeze and a lot of...
Summary: I bought this for my youngest son as he has expressed a keen interest in modular synthesis.(He follows Deadmous5 who is really into producing his own sounds for his recordings) The Gaia is an excellent starter, nicely priced and has the feel and look of a proper modular. Nicely laid out in a logical order with many presets, knobs, buttons and sliders to keep you happy but most importantly the ability to create and save your own sounds to a very commendable USB drive...
Summary: The latest from the SH series is one of the most controversial keyboards around, since it came out. Some say that its "trancey" patches are cheap and dont match older models such as the JP-8000 (and its legendary super saw), and that it tries (and fails) to be an analogue machine. Others say that its a breath of fresh air without anoying menus and with lots of possibilities.
Summary: What I really enjoyed about using anaolog sythns was the fact you could modify the sound as you were playing and I was never convinced that digital was better. OK, some of the sounds were an improvement but I preferred the ability to tweak sounds easily: I had a Juno 60 which was 'tweaked' to my preferences.
Summary: The Gaia is an amazing synth and one that gets you jamming straight away. A word to the wise though - You have to READ THE MANUAL to understand it's full potential as some of the parameters are changed via a combination of button pushes and therefore not so immediately accessible. This aside, the Gaia is my favourite Roland synth for a long while.
Summary: First synth, really impressed. Very logical layout with loads of knobs and sliders have made it easy and fun to understand how sounds are built up. Good range of ear-boggling presets, and already found some more on the internet. Phrase recorder v useful but a bit difficult to use. Wish there was a way of downloading phrases from midi files via PC. Thanks for the advice, really happy!