SH101-M: Roland SH-101 MIDI Interface


SH101-M is MIDI kit for Roland SH-101 synthesizer. It controls BENDER, LFO, VCO, VCF, VCA and CLOCK circuits of the SH-101.

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Main Features | Installation | Documents & SW Support

Main Features |

  • The interface works in one direction only – it only receives MIDI data. Instrument’s keyboard, knobs, sliders and switches are not transmitted as a MIDI data.
  • MIDI Thru function (no MIDI Thru-box is necessary).
  • Controls the Roland’s VCO, VCF, VCA, BENDER, LFO and CLOCK circuits directly from MIDI. The instrument’s tone parameters (control elements on panel) are not MIDI controllable.
  • The instrument’s keyboard (VCO) is controlled only manually or only by MIDI Notes – not both ways simultaneously.
  • Easy user control of the interface parameters via MIDI CCs (as well as SysEx for experts):
    » 61 MIDI Notes (5 octaves) range, Velocity sensitive (VCF and VCA control)
    » Transpose function (over whole range of MIDI Notes)
    » Hold pedal – CC #64 (works with MIDI Notes)
    » Aftertouch (used for instrument’s VCO, VCF and VCA modulation, adjustable range)
    » Modulation – CC #1 (replaces instrument’s LFO-MOD switch)
    » Pitch bend (replaces instrument’s BENDER lever)
    » Volume – CC #7 and Expression – CC #11 (for VCA control)
    » Local On/Off function – CC #122 (turns the interface on/off)
    » User defineable optical indication of the interface status
    » User selectable MIDI Channel for communication
  • 32 internal memory presets to store the interface user settings (the instrument’s tone parameters cannot be stored).
  • Original features of the instrument are not changed and the instrument can be used the same way as before the interface installation.
  • Installation without extensive modification of the instrument circuits.

The interface recognizes MIDI commands:

  • Note On/Off (inc. Velocity)
  • Channel Aftertouch
  • Program Change
  • Pitch Bend
  • Standard CCs (Modulation, Volume, Expression, Hold, ASO, ANO, RAC, Local Off/On)
  • Own CCs (# 40-53, 119)
  • Common MIDI Synchronization (Clock, Start, Continue)
  • Common System Reset
  • System Exclusive Messages

Installation |

Installation of all MIDI interface parts into the instrument is somewhat more complicated but no problem should occur if all instructions indicated in the installation manual are kept. Please note that a complete beginner should not carry out the installation. At least basic manual dexterity and knowledge of soldering are required.

It is recommended to adjust the Roland instrument according to instructions in service manual of the instrument before the interface installation. This ensures trouble-free adaptation and usage of the interface.

The SH101-M MIDI kit package contains all necessary parts (boards, cables, coupling elements, etc.) incl. owner’s and installation manuals in printed form.

Block diagram:


Documents & SW Support |

See list of documents and support software available for download.

Note that Owner’s Manual and Installation Manual in printed form are included in the product delivery.

Additional information

Weight 0,4 kg
Dimensions 100 × 56 mm