by Robin Vincent | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Roland SE-26 mock-up

Roland SE-26 mock-up  ·  Source: Gearnews

Roland SE-26 with K-25m mockup

Roland SE-26 with K-25m mockup  ·  Source: Gearnews


We were all suitably wowed by the unexpected Studio Electronics and Roland collaboration. The SE-02 is a cool-looking monosynth with more than a hint of Moog that borrows heavily from Studio Electronics ability to replicate old synth components.



Well, Studio Electronics have more than a ladder filter in their synthesis arsenal and maybe taking a look at their current range could paint a picture of what might be coming next. I propose for your consideration, the ARP 2600-inspired SE-26.

Would we be asking too much for them to squeeze a full ARP 2600 synthesizer into the Boutique form factor? I don’t know, sliders are often used on Eurorack modules to save space and could potentially be a better idea than those tiny knobs on the SE-02.

From there you’ve only got to look at the Boomstar range of filter options. The 5089 Moog ladder is probably what’s inside the SE-02. The 4075 ARP 2600 filter is what we’re suggesting could be next. That leaves the SEM 12dB filter, the 3003 TB-303 filter, the 700 MiniKorg and the SE80 filter from the Yamaha CS-80 which is very on-trend at the moment. They do other Roland filters, the Junos and the Jupiters, but that’s probably not where Roland’s interest lies. This is Roland realising (finally) that people really like and really want analogue gear. It doesn’t matter how good their virtual modelling ACB software is – there’s a market for the real thing.

On the Studio Electronics website, they are tag-lining the SE-02 with “Roland and Studio Electronics: The partnership begins”. So, there’s every reason to believe that more fabulous synthesizer products are going to be emerging from this collaboration.

What do you think could be next? Could Roland and Studio Electronics steal the thunder from Behringer with their own Boutique clones of classic synths and yet have the heritage and synthesis chops to back it up? We live in interesting times.


11 responses to “Could the SE-26 be the next Roland and Studio Electronics synthesizer?”

  1. Joshua David Redlus says:

    I would buy that. Hands (and money) down.

  2. Chris Anticoli says:

    This article is poorly written. The 4075 filter was in the Odyssey, not the 2600. So, the core point of the article is flawed. Studio Electronics released the 4075 filter in Eurorack. It’s a VERY simple circuit. That’s a far cry from them releasing an entire cloned Odyssey around it, let alone a 2600.

    Clickbait sucks.

    • David Sharp says:

      Plus the pricing in the story is half the actual price.

      • Robin Vincent says:

        There’s no pricing in the story….?

      • David Sharp says:

        Nice job on deleting the price!
        Also, never write a story using a websites’ information. Pick up the phone and call your sources.

        • Robin Vincent says:

          This is an article about an imaginary product, so i’m not sure why there would be any pricing, or if there were, how it could be wrong – because…. it’s an imaginary product! Maybe you’re commenting on a different article? And you’re right about care we should take in checking sources. I usually like to fact-check by fax, but as this was a whimsical piece (rather than hard news) I blew caution to the wind and went with the official online documentation.

    • Robin Vincent says:

      Thanks for the criticism but just to point you to the Studio Electronics website where I sourced my information it clearly states the 4075 as being from the Arp 2600:

      “Now Six Models Pumped: SE80—the legendary, creamy, multi-mode Yamaha® CS-80, 700—innovative MiniKORG®, 5089—classic Moog® 24dB ladder, 4075—powerfully resonant ARP® 2600, SEM—the original Oberheim® 12dB, 3003—the chirpy, acidic, bouncy Roland® TB-303.”

      Having a Moog ladder filter is also a far cry from having a Model D clone, and yet we have the SE-02. So the idea of the article is to put forward an interesting idea based on what else SE have in their back catalogue. The article reflects the title and discusses that idea – that’s not “clickbait” by any usual definition, it’s just a fun article.And yes of course we want people to click and read it – that’s the purpose of any content created anywhere, ever 🙂

  3. Andy Robins says:

    The last ARP 2600 VCF was the 4072 – The same as the 4075, but with a different gain stage design, due to the VCO outputs being 10V PP. Very little difference in sound though.

  4. ben says:

    that boutique format just sucks

  5. Arne says:

    This is obviously fake and a photoshop job.

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