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
March 11, 2011 @ 6:25 am
to add, the 101 may seem inferior as it's less vintage or because it looks more toy-like (which is just a marketing decision at the time and no reflection on it's sound or abilities), but the 101 can blend it's waveforms which the 09 can't. At least on the sh-2 you get the 2nd osc to aprox the sound of the 101 (but to me it's different still and should be used for what it excells at itself). The 09 is easily the most basic of the 3 but does still sound very nice fortunately. This is just to clear up a reason why 101 goes for more than 09, it's not just hype/fashion!
March 11, 2011 @ 6:22 am
Why compare it (and prices) to the 101 (Stephen?). There's a reason the 101 goes for higher many times, it has a DIFFERENT sound! It's more aggressive and while similar in tone to 09/sh-2 they do things differently. Many people want a 101 for exactly what the 101 is both in sound CEM+IR3109 and features/form factor.

The 09 is also a very nice synth, but I'd take the SH-2 or SH-101 over this first, then the 09 if I couldn't find the others. This has a deeper/more vintage bottom end than the 101 but it's not always what you need you know? only 101 sounds like 101 and that is why $$$
February 10, 2011 @ 4:37 pm
I LOVE my SH-09. so simple yet..all I really need! A Flock Of Seagullls use it in the "I Ran " Video! He is playing chords with a MONO synth now and then!..Got to love it!
January 21, 2011 @ 6:30 am
'preamp' - I mean op-amp
January 21, 2011 @ 6:19 am
I love this synth - the bass is so warm and bouncy. It's a shame it's so limited, but you can do some awesome mods on it. The Analogue solutions mod kit is quite overpriced for what you get, and the instructions are terribly vague, but you can just google for instructions instead and buy the parts from Maplins - I recommend the FM mods for some really wild sounds.

The filter input is buggered on mine - the volume is really low. I remember someone telling me it might be the preamp - does anyone know whether it would be difficult to replace/repair?
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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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