Roland SH-09

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It's not great, but it ain't bad! A very stripped down monosynth from Roland's classic SH-series. Its single oscillator only has PWM, ramp, square and noise waveforms. It has a similar architecture to the SH-101, the VCA can switch between gate or envelope, the VCF is pretty standard, and there is a sample-hold function which is great for voltage controlled filtering into acid and back! Another cool feature is its external input which will allow you to filter external audio through its VCF. Because they are pretty old now they will most likely have some functional problems like sticky keys, and noisy knobs and signal. It is used by Orbital, Vince Clarke, BT, Conemelt, Josh Wink, Banco De Gaia, Mr. Oizo, Ladytron, Jimmy Edgar, Dave Holmes, Freddy Fresh, OMD, and 808 State.

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49 Visitor comments
October 9, 2008 @ 6:48 pm
I just picked up a broken one very cheap and fixed it. It is analog at its best. Just one oscillator and sub-oscillator but it doesn't need anything more. The filter is great, liquid, dirty, all og those things. All of the VCO waveforms are useful and the PWM is great. Even better is that it has CV ins & out and a filter input.
September 11, 2008 @ 11:35 am
I believe this is the Flock of Seagulls "I ran" synth used in the intro to the song. EXTREMELY phat PWM sound! Maybe one of the best.

And no "virtual synth" can touch it...
September 11, 2008 @ 9:52 am
Raw acid at it's best... Great bass machine. An amazing instrument on it's own... or controlled and layered with an MC-202 or TB-303. Also, the EXT input allows you to use it's great filter on any incoming signal. The overall design screams retro analog
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August 21, 2008 @ 6:59 am
This is one of my favorite monosynths. Its so small and compact but has a very thick and warm sound. It makes the SH-101 sound paper thin and has that old (late 70's) Roland sound that we all love. One of the best bass machines ever.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO with selectable ramp, PWM, noise or square waveforms
  • LFO - switchable sine, square or random waveforms
  • Filter - cutoff/res/env
  • VCA - ADSR
  • Arpeg/Seq - NO
  • Keyboard - 32 keys
  • Control - CV / Gate
  • Date Produced - 1980
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