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
Defective Nation
January 29, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

I've had one of these since new & I just bought an SH-2 which seems to be an SH09 with 2 oscillators. When it arrives I'll get the 09 serviced & repainted. I'm looking forward to putting the 09 through the SH-2 and see how they sing together, especially with PWM (Possibly the best I've heard).

Even the SH09 + SH-2 together will not sound like a 101 as the filter is radically different with the 101 filter more like that of the Juno 106. Maybe one day I will get myself an SH-101 but for now the lovely tones of the 09 are hard to beat.
Alexis Nembrode
August 14, 2012 @ 8:38 am
Not trying to pick a fight or anything, but this is the better sounding analog synth from the SH series IMO. Very well built, surprisingly versatile, and can make alien boardosfcanadesque landscapes without any use of fx or anything.
February 7, 2012 @ 8:05 am
Also used by Cabaret Voltaire in case nobody's already mentioned it, they had one in their 'Western Works' studio in the early 90's at least.
February 6, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

Check it out, this synth can sounds very impressing!!!!
September 20, 2011 @ 10:23 pm
the welsh techno group Hybrid uses this synth to create wicked robot basslines. Bass swells, wobbly bass, deep and long drum n bass basslines, you name it!
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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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