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
Don T
December 14, 2010 @ 9:04 pm
Just finished restoring one of these! I love the sound, even though I may make some adjustments to the EG to make it a bit quicker, and give it a wider range of adjustment. The filter is amazing (hardly what I'd call "pretty standard"), and is built from 4 matched BA662A chips and precision caps. Self oscillates well enough to be a very useful sine wave oscillator. I like it much better than the IR3109-based filters. The sub-oscillator is awesome, can be one or two octaves below the keyboard, and is switchable from square wave to pulse wave on the lowest octave. Makes for some very cool varieties of tone! The keyboard can be a PITA to adjust, and I wish you could use the noise generator in conjunction with the sawtooth/square/PWM waves, but that would be an easy mod. Definitely a keeper, for me at least!
November 5, 2010 @ 12:39 am
vv -- It's Nathan Fake! HA! That guy rules. I also love the filters on these old Roland monosynths. I am tempted to hunt down an SH-09 or an SH-2 on ebay, which are selling for slightly less ridiculous prices than the sh-101 these days.
jimi polar
July 24, 2010 @ 2:46 pm
this is from the prime era of roland's 70's design.. what you're getting is some fat analog op-amps, combined with tactile control. run this thru an old ampeg valve svt bass amp and buckle up for the ride :P
June 28, 2010 @ 8:44 am
best thing about the sh09 is the line in enabling you to put external sources through the filter, such a great sounding filter on this synth. also i think it sounds better than the 101, and the build feels so much more solid. my one has been knocked about a bit but still works perfectly.
June 20, 2010 @ 7:50 am
Just picked one of these up from evil bay.wasn't in great shape when I bought it and not very well looked after,but having spent the last few days stripping it down,cleaning it and replacing a few keys,this really is a wonderful synth IMHO,basic it may be but fantastic fun.and unlike the 101,built like a tank.
may be but still lots of fun.
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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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