NAMM Rumours: The SH-101 reborn by Roland?

This thread on Harmony Central keeps on giving. Above is the nice-looking Novation ReMOTE 61 - a big, white keyboard with two huge backlit LCDs and a 61-note semi-weighted keyboard. It's real enough to be already on sale for $599 at 123 Music.
More interesting is the Roland SH-201, of which the source says: "I only hope this toy sounds as good as it looks. Know the SH-32? Put a 49 keyboard, black finish and external audio input on it and you'll get an idea."


Comments:
The Novation looks like those CME UF controllers... but $200 more expensive.
 
This Novation keyboard looks interesting. I have a love/hate releationship with the LCD displays, though. Backlighting draws quite a bit of power, requiring a wall-wart. It's one of the reasons that I've kept the 7-segment LED displays on the Reflex Sonia Xi -- it can be powered with a vampire power cable from USB if desired. As for the SH remake, bring it on!

FYI, Reflex has been working on a tiny virtual analog synth (almost the same size as our midi controllers) for about a year. A production prototype is sitting across the room from me, its LEDs blinking happily. We're currently tightening up some of the DSP code to see if we can improve the filters (they're currently resonant 12dB/oct) and squeeze in an extra voice or two of polyphony. Sadly, we won't be finished in time for NAMM, but we're getting there. -later!
 
Could be worth the $200 -- the Novation has various features the CME doesn't, including automatic configuration for soft synths.

It's not a rumor -- Novation confirmed the upcoming sizes of the SL to me at AES. More recently, I speculated about shipping status based on the information I had:

Novation Keyboards, Where Are You? (scroll down to get past my hopefully soon-to-be-outdated-by-Macworld Expo iMac chatter)

Hope to get a better idea at NAMM. As for product details, part of what you're seeing is that vendors and music tech sites have been publishing embargoed announcements before their time. ;-)

Reflex, can't wait to see your virtual analog synth! Though I have to disagree on a keyboard as far as the wall-wart -- sure, I wouldn't want one on the Sonia, but on a keyboard, I'll plug it in for additional features and a clearer screen. The backlight on the Novations looks *fantastic*, based on the prototype I saw at AES.
 
I will surely need to get whatever the SH-201 ends up being. But man... if it is actually a true analog synth plus midi and memory I will know my prayers have been answered.
 
If it's based on the SH32, then expect it to sound like sh**. But at least it won't look like a child's drawing of a buchla...
 
Was I the only one who got excited when I heard that Roland were producing a synth called the 'Juno D'? Best not to get our hopes too high for this one.

Also, it's worth noting that the SH-32 resembles an SH-101 in no way whatsoever.

It took me a while to get used to my SH32. I used to wonder if I'd made a bit of a mistake buying it, but then I noticed I was using it on every song I produced, so I guess I must like it after all. It doesn't necessarily produce "fat analogue" sounds, but it's a good synth in it's own right.

If they are adding a keyboard to it I hope they also re-design the whole user interface, which is not it's strong point.
 
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