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
Lofi Freq
October 26, 2008 @ 8:24 pm
I just got my sticky fingers on one and I will never sell it.
October 22, 2008 @ 5:10 pm
This synth is amazing - i cannot replicate the warmth and punch of this synth's bass with anything else. Sticky keys? Functional problems? Never !!- it is soooo easy to service and keep clean - service manual as pdf is available for free online and shows you easily how to service, re-tune etc. Mine works as new and is nearly 30 years old. Catch one if you can!
October 21, 2008 @ 4:14 pm
I did buy mine SH-09 in the late 70ies, and still use it. Now it is part of a eurorack modular synthrack. A bit weak in the filter compared to nastier fellows (MS-10, contemporarty ARP and Yamaha) but good at lower register. It is fine for bass lines and the filter sweeps smoooth and creamy. I an all digital mix, it adds warmth without screaming. Good modulation, with S/H and delay in the sine LFO. I add three more VCOs from the modular to the external in at that gives all the fatness anyone can expect.
And quality is good, my machine is stable in tuning and runs as it did 30 years ago.
the goat
October 20, 2008 @ 5:53 am
Bit of a [beep] moment - just watched an SH-09 go for £500 (about $950) on ebay.
Just shows....
the goat
October 17, 2008 @ 3:00 am
From my starting keyboard rig of Casios, this was the first analogue synth I bought.
Very strange casing design, I always thought, but great sounds. I bought an SH-101 not long after, which really beat it for features hands down.
I managed to rig the two together with patch leads via their CV ports, and this is something that really annoyed me - why did Roland suddenly switch from 1/4" to micro jacks?
Using the CV patching I could play very fat lead lines, but the patch cabling and convertor jacks made this pretty awkward. A Moog Source replaced them for far better sounds!
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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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