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It may be virtual rather than genuine analogue, but the Gaia SH-01 takes the 'dive in and tweak' philosophy of compact vintage synths and allies it to three comprehensive tone-generating engines.
You get plenty of tone-shaping options, with each synth engine sporting its own oscillator, filter, amplifier, envelope, and LFO. On top of the 64 supplied presets you've got space for 64 more, while there's also audio/MIDI interfacing over USB.
Given its digital engine you might wonder whether you'll get any more out of the Gaia than you would a decent soft synth, but its intuitive control system, decent build quality and eye-catching looks certainly add value.
Some of the presets are a little cheesy, and you can't ignore the fact that what a lot of people want from Roland isn't this but a new analogue classic.
Musicians who want the feel of an analogue synth but the convenience of digital.45 Stars