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Roland SH-32

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SH-32 offers two modes, allowing you to choose the one that is best for the purpose you have in mind. You can either work with single “Patches” (Patch mode), or use four Patches (including a Rhythm Set) to play in combination with one another (Performance mode).All procedures described in this Quick Start Manual assume that you’re in the Patch mode, unless stated otherwise. Before operating the SH-32, first be sure that the Patch mode is selected.

Rich Sound with Full Synth Presence Development of the SH-32 has involved a variety of approaches to thoroughly analyze synthesizer sounds in order to realize the "fat,sharp, clear sound" that is characteristic of analog synths.To quantify these sound characteristics, various measurements and blind tests using renowned vintage synths, analog modeling synths,and other gear were carried out. The findings of such research formed the basis for designing our new Wave Acceleration Sound Generator(*), which is capable of the complete realization of the sound variations and qualities of a synthesizer. This allows you to produce vintage synth sounds and a wide variety of other waveforms, all with this one instrument.

The SH-32 synthesizer offers not only the sounds being demanded in today's music scene, but also provides the convenient operation that you get only with a digital unit.*

This is a new approach to sound generation that permits creation of a wide variety of high-quality waveforms, while featuring numerous oscillators, something impossible with simple DSP synths.Full Freedom to Create Your Own Unique Sounds With the architecture of the SH-32's sound generator, you get two oscillators, one filter, an amp, and two LFOs for each sound, all controlled with an analog synth-like interface. The great freedom in creating sounds presented by this synthesizer means that you are likely to truly enjoy the sound creation process.Each of the seven groups of waveforms, SAW, SQUARE, PULSE,PWM, TRIANGLE/SINE, SPECTRUM and NOISE, which comprise the foundation for creating sounds, also contains a number of variation waveforms, each featuring a different character. With a total of 67 different oscillator waveforms at your fingertips, the SH-32 makes it possible for you to create sounds unlike any others.The SH-32 also includes four Rhythm Sets (two Preset and two User)that feature TR-909/808 and other drum waveforms. With 32 oscillators, far surpassing previous analog modeling synths, and four-part multitimbral sound, you can create songs that combine synth parts and rhythm part, all with one machine.

What's more, the SH-32 is also packed with a variety of useful features and functions for creating sounds, including a Sub Oscillator With subsonic mode (which makes it easy to add more to the low end), Oscillator Sync, a Ring Modulator, synchronization of the LFO to the tempo using the TAP button, and more. Whether it be the sounds of some of the most popular synthesizers, or sounds that were once very difficult to create using conventional analog and DSP synths, you can handle them all, since the sound creation potential you now have at your fingertips is enormous.

Built-In Effect Functions Help Create A More Polished Sound The SH-32 is equipped with internal effects processors that help make this a complete synthesizer module. You can use effects from two systems: 35 individual Insertion Effects, including distortion, phaser, flanger, and other effects, and 10 different kinds of reverb and delay (loop effects), allowing you to create an even greater variety of sounds.

Programmable Arpeggiator:

Brings Out the Power in Your Performances The SH-32 includes an Arpeggiator function, which allows the user to program Styles. Styles can be input in steps or in real time. In Performance mode, you can have arpeggios using the synth sounds played along with rhythm patterns that use TR-909/808 and other drum waveforms.In addition, you can easily play a variety of complex chords, like those used in Trance and Techno music, in parallel by using this feature in combination with the Chord Memory function, which allows you to perform prerecorded chords with the press of a single button.

Panel Designed for Intuitive Operation:

The SH-32 features an intuitive panel design that lets you concentrate on creating sounds. For example, knobs are used for the filter, and sliders for the envelope; in all cases, the most convenient control for the purpose is used.In addition, the panel includes thirteen buttons that can be used for note-entry, much like a keyboard. Using the Preview function, you can check your sounds over a scale of notes, without having to connect a MIDI keyboard.On top of this, the SH-32’s compact desktop design means you can always have it at hand, ready to use. Use it with PCs, workstations, keyboards, groove gear and other equipment to bring out the full potential of this synthesizer, regardless of the application.
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Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Virtual Analog
Oscillators
Oscillators: 2
Envelopes
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters
Filters: 1
Types: Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Sequencer
LFO
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 32
Timbrality: 4
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
Patches
Patches RAM: 128
Patches ROM: 128
Storage: Internal
Arpeggiator
ArpeggiatorArpeggio Styles: 64Rhythm Styles: 64Tempo: 20–250 BPMProgrammable (Realtime, Step)Parameters: Grid Type, Duration, Octave Range, Motif* Styles can be overwritten by the user.
Case
Case: Desktop
Display Notes: Alphanumerical
Dimensions (WxDxH): 11-15/16 x 9 x 3-5/8
Weight: 4 lbs 4 oz
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 3
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT
Power: 1000MA
Production
Year Released: 2002
Year Discontinued: 2004
Manuals & Documents
Pricing
Used Price: $300-$330 - convert
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