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
August 4, 2011 @ 10:03 am
like others have said, the oscillator and sub-oscillator in this thing are FAT. the sub square wave is probably the roundest and punchiest i've ever heard. filter self-oscillation also creates massive sub bass. being able to switch the envelope to LFO mode is a fantastic feature that every synth should have, letting you create your own LFO shapes with the ADSR which are then clocked by the LFO rate. i use mine together with my studio electronics ATC-1, which doubles as a MIDI/CV converter, running the ATC-1 through the SH-09's audio input. it's a four oscillator beast!
July 12, 2011 @ 4:52 am
Great synth with the most amazingly warm filter! Used as the main bass throughout our song
Kristian Harnes
June 9, 2011 @ 9:36 am
Its a great synth! We´ve used ut a lot on the verse melodies on this song:
April 27, 2011 @ 6:47 pm
Used by Boris Blank of Yello.
April 5, 2011 @ 3:23 am
also used by the acid mothers temple.
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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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