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Roland SH-1000

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The Roland SH-1000 resembles a home organ more than a commercial synth, with coloured tabs labelled with descriptions of its presets and of the "footage" of the divide-down oscillator system used in its manually editable synthesizer section. It produced electronic sounds that many professional musicians sought after whilst being easier to obtain and transport than its western equivalents.

The synthesizer has 10 simple preset voices combined with a manually editable section which can be manually tweaked around to create new interesting sounds. No user program memory is available. Its effects include white noise generator, portamento, octave transposition, two low frequency oscillators and a random note generator.

Even with a single oscillator, it sounds like there are several thanks to the 8 sub-osc keys. The ninth is the (white or pink) noise.

The portamento (which can be tweaked) makes it sound different from equivalent synths of this period of time.

As a bass-sound synthesizer, it is fine to link it to a chorus and a sound compressor. The chorus adds a growl feature and the compressor makes the attack sound better.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 1
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Knob, LFO
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters: 1
Types: Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Knob, LFO
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patches RAM: 10 presets
Editing: CV
Case: Keyboard
Case Details: 37
Controls: Knobs
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 1
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate In, Gate Out
Year Released: 1973
Year Discontinued: 1981
Used By
Vangelis, Human League, Blondie, The Band, and Jethro Tull
Manuals & Documents
Used Price: $500 - $850 - convert

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