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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Paul Smith
October 8, 2013 @ 3:14 pm
I much prefer the vastly superior Roland SH-2 which can (if it wants to) sound exactly like the SH09 but, because it has 2 oscillators and a sub, it can create sounds which could only be created by double tracking the SH09 - in other words the SH-2 blows the SH09 away with ease.

Don't waste your money on the SH09 pay the little extra and pick up an SH-2 (if you can get somebody to part with one).

I much prefer the sound of the SH-2 & SH09 to the over-hyped sound of the SH101.
August 8, 2013 @ 12:45 pm
A great performance piece. The cool thing about this synth is that you can VISIBLY change your sound when playing the lead. The filter and VCO controls are your best friends. Anyone can push a button. But on this instrument, the crowd see's and hears what your doing! And the white noise generator is awesome. I use it with the Resonance to produce a "Whistle on the Wind" intro that can't be beat!
June 2, 2013 @ 2:51 pm
just bought one of these (my first roland synth :) and love it. nice bright oscillators, squelchy filter and very fast envelope! quite different in character to my Yamaha CS-15 which sounds surprisingly more old school. Was thinking about getting an SH-101 before this but i'm getting bored of the sound of 101/303/808s which have been a bit overused i think, not to mention a bit pricey!
February 15, 2013 @ 10:37 am
Had one of these up until 1993, and got one again last year. A bit limited perhaps, but with a great sound and design. I like to hook up with the SH-1, that sounds a bit different.
Defective Nation
January 29, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

Some say this synth is limited but most synths have only one thing they are really good at. Everything the SH09 does it does superbly. However, the unbeatable aces up its sleeve are the external input & envelope follower.

Sometimes these show up on ebay but it's best to avoid those with rust (unless the seller can provide a guarantee that everything is well sound wise so that you can get your cash back if you have been lied to by the seller). Also watch out for scams, such as email this email address@gmail for a great deal etc.

These will only get rarer so get one soon.
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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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