Blu light Synth jam Roland GAIA SH-01 by Geoff Peters June 24 2012

Geoff from plays his synthesizer, the Roland GAIA SH-01, for around 30 minutes in an improvised practice / jam session of original musical ideas.

This synth is really versatile. I like it better than the Korg MS-2000B in that it has much higher polyphony. But the Roland definitely has a different character than the Korg. I’d say by default the Roland is more “polite” sounding, which is good when blending with other instruments such as acoustic instruments. But it definitely can be made to sing / stand out / or even scream (for example with a sawtooth or square wave + distortion + detuning).

My favorite tone to use (on both synths) is the Triangle wave. The tri-wave on the Roland sounds more mellow and less piercingly “pure” than the Korg, but the advantage of the Roland is that I can get it to sound almost like a Rhodes keyboard or a Wurlitzer. It’s nice that they provide the “variation” button below the Wave select button, which adds different characters as well.

If you are a GAIA user, and want to trade patches, feel free to email me at

Also if you would like the entire uncompressed WAV version of this performance (for remixing or use in student films, etc) please also email me at and I’ll happily send it to you.

Thanks for watching!

Technical notes:
Audio Recorded directly from synth using patch cables into a MOTU 8-Pre in 24bit 48khz. Unmastered, uncompressed audio (this is directly from the synth).
Live monitoring during performance using Behringer B2031A studio monitors.
Video recorded with Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9V (used a 200W incandescent bulb with a CTB (Color Temperature Blue) gel to give the blue light, and the room halogens as fill light).
Video edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 on a Windows 7 Dell PC (Intel i7 and USB 3.0 for a faster workflow).
Audio was synced with video using Pluraleyes from Singular Software.

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