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ROLAND Boutique SE-02

Roland’s new Boutique is an analogue synth with input from Studio Electronics. Dave Gale takes a look at this coming together of two great companies…


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Okay, hands up… Who saw this one coming? Well, none of us, really, but it is very much something we‘ve wanted to see from Roland for some time. The company’s established Boutique range has been pretty much based around the reimagining of some of its old classics, and in all cases using its (very good) Analog Circuit Behaviour technology (ACB), which is very firmly a digital affair. So, when the SE-02 was announced, it caught everyone out on two fronts; firstly, it was an analogue synth with no hint of ACB, but also had a voice architecture that wasn’t reminiscent of other Rolands – it was a slightly different flavour, with more of a leaning towards the East Coast of the USA.

The other point that makes the SE-02 different and unique is that it’s the first of Roland’s ‘Boutique Designer Series’. You can’t really miss the Studio Electronics name, which is emblazoned along the bottom of the module, and even the product name SE-02 harks back to the Studio Electronics SE-1 and SE-1X, both of which are cult classics from the Studio Electronics stable.

Studio Electronics is a Californian company with an impeccable reputation for excellent synthesisers, especially with its current range, which occupies the standalone, rackmounted and Eurorack camps. I have long thought its modules are some of the best in the marketplace in terms of sound, design and build quality, so the moment I heard about the SE-02, I had a pretty good idea of what might await.

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