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
June 17, 2009 @ 3:16 pm
Saw Brian Coogan (NOLA) using it this weekend in conjunction with a nord electro. Had an amazing range of bass tones.
June 3, 2009 @ 4:42 pm
this thing is just too freakin' groovy 'n funky.
most fat basses i've ever heard coming out of a synth.
Michael Dow/Portasound
February 23, 2009 @ 5:44 pm
One of my mates gave me his a few years ago. All i paid for was the postage, and what an absolute gem he gave me. We use it in our tracks (Portasound) and live on stage, i've used it for leads and basses in dance/techno tracks. and ive hooked it up to my tb303 on stage and had it playing the sequence along all hooked up to midi.

It's a truly awesome synth, and many of my mates have told me it's warmer than an sh-101 (ive not used one to compare). But ill agree anyway. I bloody love it!

Buy one if you can! I'm sure you wont regret it....

Oh and one last thing... EXTERNAL AUDIO INPUT!!!! Very fun to play with, i've been running electric and bass guitars through it for some great effects. I even ran myself playing halo 3 into it with the filter LFO going through that sweet analog filter

December 1, 2008 @ 6:36 am
This is a lovely old thing - had mine from new and love it for all those squashy basses and biting leads. I would never part with mine (for sentimental and bass reasons!) but I do think it's a bit over rated, something like a Novation Bass Station is as good if not better. I see these going for £300 on ebay and just think that's a bit much. Had a Sh-101 and I don't think these much between them. But if you see one for £100-200 and you're into electronic music grab it with both hands!
November 5, 2008 @ 4:34 pm
I bought mine second hand in Coventry in 1981 ex band keyboard can't remeber who's. the music shop was the haunt of most of the scar bands of the time (next to the odeon cinema).
I still have it and will never sell it however it could do with a new pitch bender after my F wit other half knocked it a broke it.
its been every where as well had it all this time and whollop one afternoon dusting!!!!
Excellent starter synth my intro synthesizers
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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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