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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.
    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
    YouTube Videos
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