Roland SH-1

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Among the first of Roland's revolutionary SH line of synthesizers that spawned such classics as the SH-101, SH-09 and SH-7! The SH-1 analog monophonic synthesizer is by no means any less powerful or sophisticated. Its overall look, design and architecture is very similar to the SH-101. One VCO plus one sub-oscillator provide you with simple but great analog basses, leads and effects - Roland SH style! The VCO can be tuned over a 5 octave range (2', 4', 8', 16', 32') with saw, square and pulse waveforms.

A squelchy VCF (filter) section, plenty of LFO modulation capabilities and an Auto-bend portamento type effect are also at your fingertips. The VCF, VCA and LFO sections have adequate and flexible controls and can modulate or affect each other in some way just as on the other similar SH-type synths. However the SH-1 does not feature an on-board sequencer or arpeggiator. The SH-1 sounds pretty good and makes a nice alternative to the more popular and plastic SH-101. It has been used by Depeche Mode and Vince Clarke.

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10 Visitor comments
August 9, 2014 @ 1:46 am
erol alkan use this synth too
February 8, 2014 @ 7:52 am
Yes, it sounds a bit different from the SH-09/2. Don't know about better, but more "Moogish" perhaps. It's a good reason to have both.
February 14, 2013 @ 6:54 pm
I prefer the SH-1 over the SH-2 soundwise. It seems punchier and the filter sounds much better to me for some reason - I strongly suspect the filter design must be different. Quite rare, but a wonderful sounding machine that looks great too.
October 29, 2012 @ 12:56 pm
One of Depeche Mode's first synths
Dave Smith
October 16, 2012 @ 5:12 am
The one and only SH-1!! Huge phatt sounds and screamimg leads. This synth does it all. Basslines like you wouln't beleive...... The best SH IMO.

So rare these days, if you see one grab it. Will only increase in value with out a doubt!!

Lets not forget how great it looks too.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO (saw, sqr, pulse) + sub-oscillator
  • LFO - 1 Modulator (sine, square, random) with rate and delay controls; Can modulate VCO, Envelope 1, Envelope 2, VCF
  • Filter - Hi-pass filter and a Low-pass with resonance, cutoff; modulated by Envelope 1, LFO, KYBD, envelope follower
  • VCA - Envelope 1: ADSR, Envelope 2: AR
  • Memory - None
  • Keyboard - 32 notes
  • Control - CV / Gate, Trigger output
  • Date Produced - 1978
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