Sonic State recently finished their rounds at
MusikMesse2010 and have brought back a prototype of the new Roland Gaia SH01 virtual analogue synthesiser.
It's gorgeous, a very slick design that harkens back to the original SH series of synths with a nod
to the digital powerhouse JD800, which honestly, I don't even know what it sounds like.
From a design perspective, this is a nice departure from the big ugly silver fantoms and even the
faux-Juno designs of recent years. The sound set is somewhat generic VA, but it's a step in the right direction.
Also generic are the GM2 sounds included that can ONLY be accessed via external MIDI.
Nick did a cracking review (as always) that you'll see below.
It's not really my cup of tea, but this is the right kind of synth for Roland to make.
I hope to see it on many rigs in many studios in the months and years to come.