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
February 21, 2010 @ 6:07 pm
basic, yes but somehow more than a sum of it's parts, my main synth that i play live and it's never let me down and sounds absolutely amazing when blasted our of some big speakers. the bass is incredible and the pwm makes for great leads fave trick is to put the envelope on hold and turn the random waveform on the lfo up full for spacey wierdness!
December 10, 2009 @ 5:05 pm
Used to own one! - Great for beginners in analogue synthesis!
November 1, 2009 @ 9:20 am
The Roland SH-09 is used by CABARET VOLTAIRE on nearly all of their tracks.
October 17, 2009 @ 5:46 pm
very stripped down synth, probably why it sounds so much fatter than anything else i've ever played with.

at the same time, its lack of features made me sell it.
Claude 9
September 30, 2009 @ 9:18 pm
Yes , the deep bass is actually phatter than the 101 and that is sayin' something!Three differences between these two that I have not seen anyone mention are 1) there is a switch that inverts the filter envelope , 2) There is a fader that delays the modulation onset( great for playing with one hand) and 3) there is a hold switch on the vca for keeping a note going without keeping a finger on the keys, useful for modulating drones and for using the external filter. The price these days is not nearly as overpriced as the 101s( less than half as much). So I saw these as a great companion or alternative. Of course if you have both you can hook them up together through cv/gate and have a super massive bass or acid sound.
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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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