SH-01A The Missing Manual – A User’s Guide To The Roland Boutique SH-01A


This whole adventure began for me with the SH-101. My all time favorite mono synth. The synth that opened up so many doors for me. I wrote my love letter to the SH-101 and compared and contrasted various modern mono synths as comparable versions of a single oscillator, monophonic synthesizer for sale today and tried to share the spirit of just how deeply loved the synth is by me, and by many people. Little did I know that Roland had a modern version of their own up their sleeves.

I had to write a love letter to the SH-01A. Not as a replacement for my love letter to the SH-101, but rather as an addendum. There have been so many angry bears, so much criticism about authenticity. I love the SH-101. I think it remains my favorite synth (that and the Korg Mono/Poly) and nothing will ever unseat them in my heart. But I’d really like to see you try… I LOVE synthesizers. I love to play live. I love to share all that I know, and all that I can with anything who’s out there searching. When I began DJ’s covered up their records, and musicians lied about what synths they were using to make their sounds. Everyone was scrambling to get what little knowledge they could and make the most of it before “everyone else” caught up with them. It was the wild west… I don’t miss those days at all. We are living in inspirational times. Amazing machines are appearing out of nowhere every day. Pay attention, learn all you can, get your hands on these wonderful things, make music, and play live! This moment in time won’t last, and it may not come again…


Sunshine Jones
Nov 20th 2017
San Francisco, California


  1. Richard Coy:

    I just noticed the love letter on Facebook. I’m happy you have the users guide. I love this boutique so much. It feels nicer than the ju-06 and the jx-03, and it sounds amazing. I did check out the manual and even though it is better I still hate the unfolding format. Great job!

  2. Jason Walker:

    Yes! This is going to be of great service to all home studio heads (self included) Thanks for sharing

  3. Eskild Trulsen:

    Fantastic! Thanks : )

  4. Très Johnson:

    Nice! Are you going to do one of these for the JP-08 too?

  5. Sunshine Jones:

    @Tres – I already did.
    Find them all here
    Just click the non-fiction link and you’ll find a re written manual for the JU-06, JX-03, JP-08, SE-02, TR-09, and SH-01A xo

  6. Très Johnson:

    Thanks man! You are really helping so many people with this. So proud to be your friend.

  7. Lawrence Eduardo:

    Have you done the 03 yet?

  8. Sunshine:

    @Lawrence Eduardo – I don’t have the TB-03, so I don’t think I could do one for it. I wouldn’t undertake a manual for something I didn’t actually have and know. But should I ever luck into one, then yes I absolutely would.

  9. Carla Lyn:

    Thank god for sunshine!

  10. Ray Toutiver:

    Kinda wished you had named the knobs with funny names like “wobble-wobble” and “open seasme”

  11. Edward Jacobson:

    You are selling me on this.

  12. Whitsitt Goodson:

    I need to read this. I want to love this box and checked it out at the synth store, but couldn’t immediately get my head around it enough to fall in love. Not on the first date anyway.

  13. Sunshine:

    @Whitsitt – I can understand that Whitsitt.
    I think my enthusiasm immediately comes from my pre condition: I love the SH-101. And so in the modern world, where software and fancy synths are big and full of crazy features immediately the idea of moving knobs, and learning about sound synthesis and exploring subtitles may not be immediately thrilling.
    Having written that out there I start to get excited and want to get back to work… because that’s what I do. When I play a show, I am doing exactly that. So it’s what makes this so fun and such an adventure for me.
    It’s different every time. It’s a new discovery every day. I love it.
    I hope my re written manual helps show you the way.

  14. Sophie Angner:


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  16. Donovan Sterling:

    Are you thinking about a Sunshine’s Epic Tips tome on all the eurorack modules you have?

  17. Sunshine Jones:

    @Donovan – Eurorack is a wonderful world I am deeply invested in. I LOVE eurorack modular synthesizers.
    I think that there are a lot of wonderful videos and guides and so much healthy and vibrant dialog on this subject that before I produced a guide for Eurorack, I would urge people to head over to muffwiggler and join the community. I learn so much there every day.

    If a substantial module comes along which captivates me, but is poorly documented I will absolutely undertake it. In my way I already do this. I post clips and notes to instagram all day about things I learn and discover. If you don’t follow me there, please do (see the “photograph” link at the top of this site.)

  18. Peter Kia:

    I wanted to become your friend on Facebook but you’re full :(

  19. Sunshine Jones:

    @Peter – Hahahaha… We can still be friends. I get quitters all the time. Our time will come.

  20. Aslak Skarderud:


  21. Cisco Ghettohead:

    Much thanx. All of yours are really helpful. Roland should give you the boutiques for free

  22. Sunshine Jones:

    @Cisco – That’s a lovely thought, but it wouldn’t be the same if I did this for money or things. I do this for love. Repay me by making music! Play live! Join me.

  23. Daniel Allen:

    Thank you sooo much for this!

  24. Sherman Chow:

    I don’t own any boutiques and I still read these because they’re so well written and so of course I learn a little something new about synthesis

  25. Studio One London:

    Sunshine Jones you are a truly beautiful human!!! Thank you!!!

  26. Michael Moser:

    Mad respect! Thank you!!!

  27. Chris Koza:

    Thank you Sunshine Jones!

  28. Marc Oldsynth:

    Thank you !!!

  29. Francisco Garcia:

    Thank you

  30. Many thanks for taking the time to publish this manual. It is greatly appreciated, and to me is superior to the original.

  31. Officetwin:

    Thank you so much for the advanced LFO breakdown was looking everywhere for it!
    Everything about this manual is awesome thank you!

  32. thank you for this! I’m very excited to play around with the advanced LFO mode.

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