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Q.I understand that I can use the SH-201's keyboard to play sounds from an external sampler or CD. How is this done?


You can connect a sampler or CD player to the SH-201's audio INPUT jacks, and use the SH-201's keyboard to play the sound from the external audio source. This is accomplished by selecting EXT IN (external input) as the WAVE (waveform) in the OSC section.

In this type of setup, the SH-201 can constantly apply modulation to the sound from the external source. Alternately, you can output the modulated sound only while you're playing the SH-201's keyboard, and output the un-modulated sound when you release the keys. You can also operate the SH-201's knobs and sliders to modify the sound in real time.

Another way to manipulate the sound is by using the Arpeggiator function to create rhythmic changes in the audio, a great tool for DJ performances. This type of effect would typically only be available from a conventional effects unit.


  1. As described in "Connecting your digital audio player, etc." in the SH-201 Owner's Manual, connect your external audio source (sampler, CD player etc.) to the SH-201's rear panel INPUT jacks and use the INPUT VOL knob to adjust the volume.
  2. Use the WAVE button to select "EXT IN" as the WAVE for either OSC 1 or OSC 2.

  3. When you play the keyboard, the sound from the equipment connected to the INPUT jacks will be heard. Additionally, the audio is also be processed by the FILTER, AMP, LFO, and EFFECTS settings in the same way as the OSC waveform, and you can use the arpeggiator to play the sound rhythmically.
    Signal flow of the sound heard when you play or release the keyboard.

    Note: The settings of the PITCH, DETUNE, PW/FEEDBACK, and PITCH ENV knobs are ignored when WAVE is set to "EXT IN."

    Additional remarks and cautions about manipulating the external sound source
  • The key (note) you play will not change the pitch of the sound. The sound will be heard at the same pitch regardless of the note you play.
  • With the FILTER KEY FOLLOW settings, you can change the way in which the filter opens by playing a higher or lower note on the keyboard.
  • If you press more than one key at a time, the external sound source will be heard in a "layered" fashion according to the number of keys you're holding down. However, the sound may distort if you hold down a large number of keys. To alleviate this problem, we recommend that you turn on the [SOLO] button when using an external sound source.
  • For some settings, such as when the AMP LEVEL is turned down or the FILTER CUTOFF is low, you may not hear any sound when you press the keyboard.
  • If the AMP ENV R (release time) is set to a long value, the sound passing through the audio filter will not be heard until you take your hand off the keyboard. For most applications, we recommend that you set the AMP ENV R time to a short value.
Playing the sound from an external device only while you hold down a note
If you want to hear the sound from the external source only while you hold a note on the keyboard, make the following AUDIO FILTER settings:
  • Press [FILTER ON] so its indicator lights. (This turns on the audio filter.)
  • Repeatedly press [TYPE] until the LPF indicator lights.
  • Turn the CUTOFF knob fully counter-clockwise.
With the above settings, the LPF (low pass filter) cuts the entire frequency range of the external sound source when you take your hand off the keyboard, resulting in no sound.


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